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Massachusetts Population

Massachusetts (U.S. state abbreviation is 'MA') is the north-eastern state of United States, borders Connecticut to the south, New Hampshire to the north, New York to the west and Atlantic Ocean to the east. Massachusetts population in 2021 is estimated to be 7.1 million, ranks 15th populous state of United States. Its area is 10,565 sq miles (27,337 sq km), ranks 44th largest by area. Boston is the capital city and other top cities of Massachusetts are Worcester, Springfield, Lowell and Cambridge. Former US presidents George Bush, John F. Kennedy, John Quincy Adams, John Adam are from the Massachusetts state. The name 'Massachusetts' means near the hill, which is named after the 'Massachusetts' tribe, Originally Massachusetts economy depends on agriculture and fishing, later transformed in to manufacturing and then to higher education, engineering, science and technology. There are more than one hundred universities and colleges in Massachusetts, top universities are Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Boston University, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Harvard University in Cambridge is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.
Massachusetts Population at North Adams Downtown Celebrations
Image Source: North Adams Downtown Celebrations, Massachusetts

The projected population of Massachusetts is 6.94 million with the growth change of 0.59, compared to 0.57 in 2018. According to U.S. 2020 Census Results, MA population in 2020 is 7,029,917.
YearPopulation% Change
Source : Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2018

Massachusetts Population by Race & Groups

As on 2017, in terms of race and ethnicity, Massachusetts was 75.9% White Americans, 7.1% Blace or African American, 10.8% Hispanics andLatinos, 6% Asian.
Asian Population made up to 426,225, out of these, 98,190 are Asian Indians, 159,141 are Chinese, 13,540 are Filipinos, 10,732 are Japanese, 24,617 are Korean and 47,472 are Vietnamese.
American Indians are 14,336, 699 are Cherokee tribal, 204 are Chippewa tribal, 133 are Sioux tribals and 138 are Navajo tribal group.
Out of 2.253 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders, 795 are Native Hawaiians, 600 are Guamanian/Chamorro, 256 are Samoans.
Hispanics and Latinos of any race made up to 760,177, out of these 45,635 are Mexicans, 313,855 are Puerto Ricans, 13,755 are Cubans.

Total Population6,789,319Percent
Black or African American499,7747.36%
American Indian and Alaska Native14,3360.211%
Cherokee tribal grouping6990.010%
Chippewa tribal grouping2040.003%
Navajo tribal grouping1380.002%
Sioux tribal grouping1330.002%
Asian Population426,2256.28%
Asian Indian98,1901.45%
Other Asian Population72,533
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2,2530.03%
Native Hawaiian7950.012%
Guamanian or Chamorro6000.009%
Other Pacific Islander602
Some other race278,835
Hispanic or Latino760,17711.20%
Puerto Rican313,8554.62%
Other Hispanic or Latino386,932

Source: US Census 2017(Table B03002)

Top Cities of Massachusetts

7New Bedford95,315
10Fall River89,661

Population Pyramid

Source: 2017 US Census Estimates: Population In Five Year Age-Group

Languages spoken in MA

In MA state, English is the official language, 76.88% speak english natively at home, 8.8% Spanish, 8.76% European languages, 4.17% Asian language.
Out of 267,678 Asian language speakers, 21,610 speak Hindi, 10,324 Gujarati, 7,528 Urdu, 3,229 Punjabi, 6,530 Bengali, 14,474 Nepali/Marathi, 8,658 speak Telugu language, 9,374 Tamil, 5,312 Malayala/Kannada. Mid and East Asia speakers include, 129,412 speak Chinese Mandarin/Cantonese, 9,344 Japanese, 16,205 Korean, 522 Hmong, 40,633 Vietnamese, 22,950 Khmer, 5,691 Thai/Lao/Tai-Kadai, 6,049 speak Tagalog. 2,491 Ilocano/Samoan/Hawaiian. People from Middle east speakers include 33,313 speak Arabic, 6,996 Hebrew.
People from African countries include, 10,669 Amharic/Somali, 16,111 Yoruba/Twi/Igbo, 15,251 speak Swahili.
Speak only English4,940,96776.88
Spanish Language564,4018.78
European Language562,8778.76
Asian Languages267,6784.17
Other Languages90,5411.41
Source: US Census 2017(Table S1601)


Below table demonstrates educaiton levels in Massachusetts State.

Population 18 to 24 years699,251349,086350,165
Less than high school graduate73,71843,07630,642
High school graduate (includes equivalency)191,937106,90785,030
Some college or associates degree312,066146,324165,742
Bachelors degree or higher121,53052,77968,751
Population 25 years and over4,706,5362,237,7352,468,801
Less than 9th grade216,649102,831113,818
9th to 12th grade, no diploma241,431124,385117,046
High school graduate (includes equivalency)1,162,683582,981579,702
Some college, no degree741,582349,727391,855
Associates degree363,330143,455219,875
Bachelors degree1,101,605523,722577,883
Graduate or professional degree879,256410,634468,622
High school graduate or higher3,389,0471,602,6761,786,371
Bachelors degree or higher1,631,071770,644860,427
Black or African310,612145,598165,014
High school graduate or higher261,236122,890138,346
Bachelors degree or higher77,77034,54343,227
American Indian or Alaska Native alone8,8504,4224,428
High school graduate or higher7,0833,5563,527
Bachelors degree or higher2,1169561,160
High school graduate or higher243,270116,875126,395
Bachelors degree or higher169,83183,31686,515
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1,294655639
High school graduate or higher1,160602558
Bachelors degree or higher486291195
Hispanic or Latino Origin418,721202,329216,392
High school graduate or higher292,074137,166154,908
Bachelors degree or higher76,24533,56442,681
Source: US Census 2017(Table S1501)


Below table demonstrates population of disable people.

Total civilian non-institutionalized population781,740
Black or African American61,621
American Indian and Alaska Native alone2,768
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander325
Some other race33,767
With a hearing difficulty223,425
With a vision difficulty129,817
With a cognitive difficulty317,684
With an ambulatory difficulty376,868
With a self-care difficulty157,882
With an independent living difficulty285,325

Counties of Massachusetts

Massachusetts state is divided into 14 Counties. As on 2017, Middlesex is the largest county with 1.6 million, followed by Worcester County with 830,839, Suffolk County with 807,252 and Essex County with 790,638.

CountyPopulation 2017Population 2018% ChangeRank 2017Rank 2018
Barnstable County213,482213,413099
Berkshire County126,485126,348-0.11111
Bristol County560,571564,0220.666
Dukes County17,32117,3520.21313
Essex County785,160790,6380.744
Franklin County70,78770,9630.21212
Hampden County468,268470,4060.588
Hampshire County161,238161,3550.11010
Middlesex County1,604,9941,614,7140.611
Nantucket County11,27011,3270.51414
Norfolk County701,317705,3880.655
Plymouth County514,969518,1320.677
Suffolk County801,455807,2520.733
Worcester County825,929830,8390.622


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