Demographics
Change in Total Population


Change in Total Population

What does this measure?

The percent change in number of residents of a geographic area since 2000.

Why is this important?

Population measures provide insight on the changing size and face of communities. Changes in total population are a measure of the overall health of a community and its ability to attract and retain residents.

How is our county doing?

Since 2000, the overall population in Essex County has grown over 8.5%, similar to the state increase of 8%, and much lower than the nation's increase of 16%. From 2000 to 2010, the county's population increased from about 723,500 to 743,200, and since 2010, growth has picked up, with the total population increasing to 785,200 in 2017.

The largest localities in Essex County are the cities of Lynn and Lawrence, with 94,000 and 80,000 residents in 2017, respectively. Other population centers are Haverhill (64,000), Peabody (53,000) and Methuen (50,000). The fastest growing places since 2000 were Middletown (which grew 27%), Salisbury (20%) and Georgetown (17%). The population fell in four places: Rockport (-6.7%), Nahant (-3.6%), Hamilton (-3.1%) and Gloucester (-0.4%).

How do we compare to similar counties?

Westchester, NY (6.1%) was the only county with a lesser overall rate of growth than Essex County since 2000 as Middlesex, MA and Lake, IL had rates around 9%. Lake's total population was a bit lower than Essex County's at 704,000, while Westchester and Middlesex are larger at 980,000 and 1.6 million, respectively.

Notes about the data

Rate is percentage change from 2000. Data for this indicator are released annually in July.

Change in Total Population
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Essex County, MAN/A0.9%1.2%1.1%0.9%0.7%0.8%1.0%1.5%2.2%2.7%3.9%4.7%5.7%6.6%7.5%7.9%8.5%
AmesburyN/A0.5%0.4%-0.1%-0.7%-1.2%-1.5%-1.7%-1.6%-1.3%-1.1%-0.2%0.4%1.7%4.6%5.1%5.4%6.1%
BeverlyN/A0.4%0.4%-0.1%-0.6%-1.1%-1.3%-1.5%-1.3%-1.0%-0.7%0.8%1.5%2.7%3.6%4.4%4.7%5.1%
GloucesterN/A-0.0%-0.5%-1.4%-2.4%-3.2%-3.9%-4.5%-4.8%-4.9%-4.9%-4.1%-3.4%-2.5%-1.8%-1.2%-0.9%-0.4%
HaverhillN/A1.0%1.3%1.3%1.1%1.0%1.1%1.4%1.9%2.6%3.2%4.3%4.9%5.6%6.1%6.6%7.2%7.9%
LawrenceN/A1.4%2.0%2.2%2.3%2.5%2.9%3.3%4.2%5.2%6.0%7.3%8.2%8.8%9.9%10.7%10.9%11.3%
LynnN/A0.8%0.9%0.7%0.3%0.1%0.0%0.1%0.5%1.0%1.5%1.9%2.7%3.4%4.0%4.8%4.9%5.7%
MethuenN/A1.6%2.4%2.8%3.1%3.4%4.0%4.7%5.7%6.9%7.9%8.9%9.7%11.0%12.5%13.6%14.0%14.7%
NewburyportN/A0.7%0.9%0.6%0.2%-0.1%-0.1%-0.1%0.2%0.7%1.2%1.8%2.1%2.9%3.7%3.9%4.3%4.9%
PeabodyN/A1.4%2.0%2.2%2.3%2.5%2.9%3.4%4.2%5.2%6.1%6.8%7.4%8.1%8.5%9.0%9.3%9.7%
SalemN/A0.9%1.1%0.9%0.7%0.5%0.5%0.7%1.1%1.8%2.2%3.9%4.7%5.6%6.4%7.1%7.1%7.4%
AndoverN/A1.3%1.9%2.1%2.1%2.3%2.6%3.1%3.9%4.9%5.7%7.8%8.8%10.7%11.8%12.8%13.3%14.3%
BoxfordN/A0.7%0.8%0.5%0.1%-0.2%-0.3%-0.4%-0.1%0.4%0.9%1.8%2.3%3.1%3.7%4.3%4.5%5.2%
DanversN/A1.2%1.8%1.9%2.0%2.1%2.4%2.8%3.6%4.5%5.3%6.9%7.7%8.2%9.9%10.3%9.0%9.5%
EssexN/A1.5%2.3%2.6%2.7%3.0%3.5%4.1%5.1%6.1%7.1%8.9%9.6%10.6%11.4%12.3%13.6%14.5%
GeorgetownN/A2.0%3.1%3.7%4.3%4.9%5.8%6.7%8.0%9.5%10.7%12.3%13.4%14.6%15.2%16.1%16.8%17.5%
GrovelandN/A1.5%2.2%2.6%2.7%3.0%3.5%4.1%5.0%6.1%7.0%8.0%8.8%9.6%10.3%11.2%11.7%12.5%
HamiltonN/A-0.3%-1.0%-2.0%-3.1%-4.1%-4.9%-5.7%-6.1%-6.4%-6.6%-5.7%-5.3%-4.5%-4.1%-3.7%-3.5%-3.1%
IpswichN/A0.8%0.9%0.7%0.3%0.1%0.1%0.1%0.5%1.0%1.5%3.6%4.3%5.1%5.6%6.4%6.8%7.8%
LynnfieldN/A0.9%1.1%0.9%0.6%0.4%0.4%0.4%0.9%1.5%2.0%3.1%3.9%9.1%11.4%12.3%13.0%13.8%
ManchesterN/A0.4%0.3%-0.2%-0.9%-1.5%-1.8%-2.1%-2.0%-1.8%-1.6%-0.4%0.2%1.0%1.7%2.3%2.7%3.4%
MarbleheadN/A0.3%0.0%-0.6%-1.4%-2.1%-2.5%-2.9%-3.0%-2.9%-2.7%-1.9%-1.2%-0.6%-0.0%0.3%0.5%0.9%
MerrimacN/A1.1%1.4%1.4%1.2%1.2%1.3%1.6%2.2%2.9%3.5%4.8%5.8%7.6%9.2%10.6%11.7%12.9%
MiddletonN/A2.3%3.9%5.2%6.5%7.6%9.1%10.7%12.5%14.6%16.1%17.8%19.6%22.0%24.4%23.9%25.9%27.4%
NahantN/A-0.2%-0.8%-1.7%-2.9%-3.9%-4.7%-5.4%-5.7%-6.0%-6.1%-5.5%-5.1%-4.4%-4.2%-3.7%-3.8%-3.6%
NewburyN/A0.6%0.5%0.1%-0.5%-0.9%-1.1%-1.3%-1.1%-0.8%-0.5%0.6%1.2%2.4%3.3%4.1%4.8%5.7%
North AndoverN/A1.1%1.6%1.7%1.8%1.9%2.2%2.5%3.3%4.2%4.9%6.5%7.4%8.4%9.8%11.1%14.1%14.7%
RockportN/A-0.7%-1.8%-3.2%-4.7%-6.1%-7.3%-8.5%-9.3%-10.0%-10.5%-9.7%-9.1%-8.5%-8.0%-7.6%-7.1%-6.7%
RowleyN/A1.4%2.1%2.3%2.4%2.7%3.1%3.6%4.5%5.5%6.4%7.4%8.5%9.6%12.6%14.4%14.5%14.9%
SalisburyN/A1.3%1.9%2.1%2.2%2.3%2.7%3.2%4.0%4.9%5.8%7.1%8.0%9.0%10.6%17.6%18.5%20.0%
SaugusN/A0.9%1.1%0.9%0.5%0.3%0.3%0.4%0.8%1.4%1.9%3.5%4.7%6.4%7.0%7.5%7.6%8.1%
SwampscottN/A0.1%-0.4%-1.1%-2.1%-2.9%-3.5%-4.0%-4.2%-4.3%-4.3%-3.6%-3.1%-2.6%-2.2%1.2%3.6%5.4%
TopsfieldN/A0.5%0.4%-0.1%-0.7%-1.1%-1.4%-1.6%-1.5%-1.2%-1.0%0.6%2.3%4.0%5.7%6.2%6.4%6.8%
WenhamN/A1.0%1.5%1.8%2.4%2.5%3.0%3.8%4.6%5.9%6.4%8.5%10.0%12.1%12.4%13.0%13.5%14.5%
West NewburyN/A0.9%1.2%1.0%0.7%0.6%0.7%0.8%1.3%1.8%2.4%4.2%5.6%7.2%8.5%9.8%11.3%12.1%
Middlesex County, MAN/A0.5%0.2%-0.1%-0.4%-0.7%-0.6%-0.1%0.8%2.0%2.6%4.0%5.2%6.4%7.4%8.2%8.8%9.4%
Lake County, ILN/A2.2%3.6%3.7%5.1%6.2%7.0%7.5%8.2%8.7%9.1%8.8%8.9%9.3%9.3%9.3%9.3%9.1%
Westchester County, NYN/A0.9%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.1%0.8%1.1%1.5%2.2%2.8%3.7%4.2%4.9%5.3%5.7%6.0%6.1%
MassachusettsN/A0.8%1.1%1.2%1.0%0.8%1.0%1.3%1.9%2.6%3.1%4.1%4.9%5.7%6.4%7.0%7.5%8.0%
United StatesN/A1.3%2.2%3.1%4.0%5.0%6.0%7.0%8.1%9.0%9.7%10.7%11.6%12.4%13.2%14.1%14.9%15.7%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Rate is percentage change since 2000.




Total Population
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Essex County, MA723,496730,206732,232731,544729,783728,877729,455730,664734,361739,086743,172751,490757,162764,557771,468777,438780,633785,205
Amesbury16,45916,53416,51716,44016,33816,25716,20816,17416,19516,23816,28316,42516,52716,73417,21717,29617,34117,457
Beverly39,78739,96239,93139,75639,55039,36239,26439,21039,27139,40739,50240,08640,37740,84541,21041,52941,65641,816
Gloucester30,28230,27830,13029,87229,56429,30129,09728,91828,83928,79728,78929,05329,26529,52129,72729,91330,00630,172
Haverhill58,97959,56359,75959,73259,61759,57359,64959,77760,10860,52360,87961,49961,84362,27062,58762,89663,25263,639
Lawrence72,04573,02473,46773,63473,67973,82374,11174,45875,06975,77576,38177,29177,92678,41679,20179,78479,92280,162
Lynn89,02989,72989,86989,67489,33089,11389,07189,10089,44589,89990,32990,70491,41592,02292,54793,26193,42094,063
Methuen43,80144,50144,85445,03745,14245,31045,56545,85646,31046,82347,25247,71748,03648,62649,29249,74549,91550,259
Newburyport17,21417,34117,36217,31917,25117,20417,19117,19417,25517,34017,41617,52417,57917,71817,85017,88617,94618,060
Peabody48,31948,97849,27849,39449,42749,52549,72149,95650,36950,84451,25151,61451,87852,21552,44752,65852,80452,987
Salem40,43140,77740,86940,81040,70040,63040,64540,70040,88641,13941,34042,01642,33142,69343,00443,29043,29043,415
Andover31,42931,83932,01832,07632,09132,14032,25632,40232,65432,96033,20833,88234,19734,79235,14135,44435,61335,937
Boxford7,9007,9587,9667,9437,9067,8827,8737,8707,8957,9307,9718,0398,0848,1468,1928,2368,2568,310
Danvers25,16125,46925,60425,64425,65425,68425,76925,87826,07126,30526,49326,89427,09927,21327,66427,74827,43427,558
Essex3,2723,3223,3463,3573,3613,3713,3883,4073,4383,4733,5043,5633,5873,6193,6463,6763,7173,748
Georgetown7,3927,5377,6187,6697,7077,7557,8197,8887,9858,0938,1838,3028,3828,4728,5198,5858,6328,688
Groveland6,0346,1256,1696,1896,1976,2166,2466,2806,3386,4036,4596,5186,5656,6146,6556,7096,7396,789
Hamilton8,3098,2828,2278,1448,0547,9687,9007,8387,8037,7777,7647,8367,8707,9357,9687,9988,0228,051
Ipswich12,98413,08613,10613,07813,02912,99712,99112,99613,04613,11313,17513,45213,54513,64013,70613,81413,87013,995
Lynnfield11,37011,47011,49411,47411,43511,41211,41311,42111,47211,53511,59511,72711,81912,40812,66612,77012,84612,942
Manchester5,2185,2415,2335,2065,1695,1415,1225,1085,1135,1235,1365,1965,2295,2725,3095,3385,3585,393
Marblehead20,36320,41920,36620,23620,07119,93919,84519,76719,76019,77619,80819,97820,11120,25120,35320,43220,47120,554
Merrimac6,1216,1866,2096,2086,1966,1946,2036,2176,2546,2986,3386,4176,4786,5896,6846,7676,8396,913
Middleton7,7437,9228,0448,1428,2458,3338,4458,5698,7098,8778,9879,1229,2609,4439,6299,5939,7509,861
Nahant3,6323,6263,6043,5693,5273,4923,4633,4373,4243,4153,4103,4323,4453,4733,4813,4973,4943,502
Newbury6,6986,7356,7326,7056,6666,6376,6216,6106,6236,6446,6666,7356,7816,8586,9166,9717,0207,079
North Andover27,03527,34127,47427,50827,51527,53627,61727,72427,91928,15828,35228,78229,04029,29429,68230,02630,84531,013
Rockport7,7667,7117,6307,5217,4007,2897,1967,1067,0426,9876,9527,0107,0577,1047,1477,1747,2127,246
Rowley5,5055,5835,6185,6335,6385,6525,6755,7035,7525,8085,8565,9145,9726,0366,1986,2986,3046,325
Salisbury7,8337,9387,9858,0018,0028,0158,0448,0808,1458,2198,2898,3888,4588,5418,6639,2129,2849,400
Saugus26,12726,35026,40326,35726,26726,21426,21326,23426,34726,49326,62827,03627,36627,81027,95128,07628,12128,251
Swampscott14,39914,40814,34814,23514,09913,98313,89613,82113,79313,78313,78713,88013,95114,02914,08514,57514,91115,177
Topsfield6,1416,1706,1656,1376,0996,0716,0546,0426,0516,0686,0796,1786,2826,3886,4946,5246,5366,560
Wenham4,5834,6274,6534,6664,6914,6984,7224,7564,7934,8524,8754,9735,0415,1395,1505,1775,2035,246
West Newbury4,1354,1744,1844,1784,1664,1604,1624,1674,1874,2114,2354,3074,3664,4314,4874,5404,6044,637
Middlesex County, MA1,465,2441,473,0211,468,4881,464,0831,459,2321,454,8681,456,5281,463,1061,477,0491,494,7641,503,0171,524,1911,541,4281,559,0271,573,0841,584,9141,594,3141,602,947
Lake County, IL644,682658,986668,022668,760677,735684,419689,891692,995697,369701,042703,395701,519702,159704,424704,558704,945704,935703,520
Westchester County, NY923,621931,577935,219935,799935,457933,401931,426933,414937,449944,201949,201957,693962,190968,910972,742976,103978,604980,244
Massachusetts6,349,3646,397,6346,417,2066,422,5656,412,2816,403,2906,410,0846,431,5596,468,9676,517,6136,547,8086,612,1786,659,6276,711,1386,757,9256,794,0026,823,7216,859,819
United States281,424,600284,968,955287,625,193290,107,933292,805,298295,516,599298,379,912301,231,207304,093,966306,771,529308,758,105311,644,280313,993,272316,234,505318,622,525321,039,839323,405,935325,719,178

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




INDICATORS TREND | ESSEX COUNTY
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Preterm Births Increasing
Infant Mortality Rate Maintaining
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels Decreasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Child Abuse and Neglect Increasing
Disengaged Youth Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Youth Arrests Decreasing
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employment Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Contributions Maintaining
Protected Land Not Applicable
Days with Good Air Quality Increasing
Beach Contamination Decreasing
Daily Water Use per Resident Decreasing
Crimes Against People Increasing
Crimes Against Property Increasing
Drug-Related Arrests Maintaining
Reports of Domestic Violence Increasing
Incarceration Rates Decreasing
Recidivism Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Traffic Injuries and Fatalities Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Change in Total Population Increasing
Change in Population by Age/Gender Not Applicable
People 65 or Older Living Alone Decreasing
People with Disabilities Increasing
Households by Type Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Gender Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary Increasing
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Median Earnings by Occupation by Gender Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving County for Work Not Applicable
Employer Size Not Applicable
Self-Employment Revenue Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Prekindergarten Participation Not Applicable
Female Enrollment in School Not Applicable
Chronically Absent Students Increasing
Per-Student Spending Maintaining
Bullying Maintaining
Student Performance on Grade 3 Reading Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 English Language Arts Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 Math Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Households Receiving Temporary Assistance Maintaining
Households Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Maintaining
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Median Home Value Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeownership Rates by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeless Persons Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Medical Care Expenses Maintaining
Prevalence of Children with Asthma Maintaining
Prevalence of Overweight Children Decreasing
Prevalence of Overweight Adults Not Applicable
Diabetes Incidence Decreasing
Chronic Disease Among Older Adults Increasing
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Cancer Mortality Rate Decreasing
Heart Disease Mortality Rate Decreasing
Mortality Rate Decreasing
People who Smoke Not Applicable
Use of Illegal Drugs Not Applicable
Youth Use of Illegal Drugs Not Applicable
Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions Not Applicable
Drug Overdose Mortality Rate Increasing
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Suicide Rate Maintaining