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Demographics And Diversity
Change in Total Population

Increasing


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 region doing?

Since 2000, the overall population in MetroWest has grown 10%, higher than the state rate of 9%, and lower than the nation's increase of 16%. From 2000 to 2010, the region's population increased from roughly 2,866,000 to 3,151,000. Middlesex is the largest county, with about 1,615,000 residents, followed by Worcester at 831,000 and Norfolk at 705,000. Worcester has had the highest percentage of growth since 2000, 11%, with Middlesex at 10% and Norfolk at 8.5%

The largest locality is Framingham, with 73,000 residents. It is followed by Waltham, at 63,000 residents. Marlborough, Natick, and Franklin round out the list of towns with more than 30,000 in population, with 40,000, 36,000, and 33,000 residents, respectively.

The fastest growing places since 2000 were Hopkinton (which grew 37%), Boxborough (31%) and Littleton (25%). The population only declined in one locality, Lincoln, by 13.5%

Notes about the data

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

Change in Total Population
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
United States0.0%1.3%2.2%3.1%4.0%5.0%6.0%7.0%8.1%9.0%9.7%10.7%11.5%12.3%13.1%14.0%14.8%15.5%16.3%
Massachusetts0.0%0.8%1.1%1.2%1.0%0.8%1.0%1.3%1.9%2.6%3.1%4.2%4.9%5.7%6.5%7.0%7.5%8.1%8.7%
Region0.0%0.8%0.9%0.9%0.8%0.8%1.0%1.5%2.2%3.2%3.7%4.9%5.8%6.8%7.6%8.1%8.6%9.3%10.0%
Middlesex0.0%0.5%0.2%-0.1%-0.4%-0.7%-0.6%-0.1%0.8%2.0%2.6%4.1%5.3%6.5%7.5%8.2%8.9%9.5%10.2%
Norfolk0.0%0.4%0.6%0.4%0.4%0.2%0.5%1.0%1.8%2.5%3.2%4.2%5.0%5.9%6.5%6.8%7.2%7.9%8.5%
Worcester0.0%1.5%2.5%3.3%3.7%4.2%4.7%5.1%5.4%6.0%6.4%7.2%7.6%8.1%8.7%9.1%9.4%10.1%10.8%
Acton town, Middlesex County0.0%1.2%1.4%1.6%1.8%2.0%2.5%3.6%5.1%6.9%7.8%9.6%11.6%12.8%14.4%15.6%16.2%16.7%16.8%
Ashland town, Middlesex County0.0%1.8%2.5%3.2%3.9%4.6%5.6%7.2%9.2%11.5%13.0%14.6%15.9%16.9%17.9%19.5%19.6%20.3%20.8%
Bedford town, Middlesex County0.0%0.8%0.7%0.6%0.5%0.4%0.7%1.4%2.6%4.0%4.7%6.5%8.2%10.0%10.2%10.8%11.2%11.5%11.6%
Bellingham town, Norfolk County0.0%0.9%1.3%1.5%1.8%1.9%2.4%3.2%4.4%5.5%7.1%7.6%8.4%9.4%10.0%10.5%11.0%11.7%12.1%
Boxborough town, Middlesex County0.0%0.5%0.2%-0.1%-0.5%-0.8%-0.7%-0.2%0.8%2.0%2.6%3.9%4.9%5.4%6.1%6.4%18.9%31.1%31.2%
Carlisle town, Middlesex County0.0%0.6%0.3%0.0%-0.3%-0.6%-0.5%0.0%1.0%2.3%2.9%4.5%5.7%6.8%7.7%10.2%10.6%10.8%11.3%
Concord town, Middlesex County0.0%0.7%0.6%0.4%0.2%0.0%0.4%0.9%1.9%3.2%3.9%10.2%11.2%12.8%14.2%15.5%12.6%12.6%12.9%
Dedham town, Norfolk County0.0%0.7%1.1%1.2%1.3%1.4%2.0%2.7%3.7%4.6%5.4%6.2%7.0%8.1%8.6%8.3%8.3%7.9%8.0%
Dover town, Norfolk County0.0%0.1%-0.1%-0.5%-0.9%-1.4%-1.5%-1.3%-0.8%-0.3%0.3%1.6%2.8%3.9%5.3%6.6%7.3%8.5%9.4%
Framingham city, Middlesex County0.0%0.5%0.1%-0.3%-0.6%-1.0%-0.9%-0.5%0.3%1.5%2.0%4.0%4.6%5.1%5.7%5.9%6.7%7.3%9.1%
Franklin town, Norfolk County0.0%0.9%1.4%1.7%2.0%2.2%2.8%3.7%4.9%6.0%7.0%8.8%9.4%10.3%11.0%11.2%11.5%12.1%12.4%
Groton town, Middlesex County0.0%1.6%2.2%2.8%3.3%3.9%4.8%6.2%8.1%10.3%11.6%14.4%15.6%16.5%17.6%18.1%18.5%18.8%19.3%
Harvard town, Worcester County0.0%1.3%2.5%3.7%4.6%5.3%6.3%7.0%7.5%8.6%9.1%9.2%9.4%9.5%9.6%9.4%9.5%9.9%10.6%
Holliston town, Middlesex County0.0%-0.1%-0.9%-1.6%-2.4%-3.1%-3.5%-3.5%-3.0%-2.3%-1.9%0.3%1.7%2.7%4.2%4.9%5.6%6.7%8.0%
Hopkinton town, Middlesex County0.0%1.7%2.2%2.8%3.3%3.9%4.8%6.2%8.1%10.3%11.5%13.9%15.5%18.4%21.2%23.5%26.1%34.4%36.6%
Hudson town, Middlesex County0.0%0.9%0.9%1.0%0.9%0.9%1.3%2.1%3.4%5.0%6.0%7.4%8.3%9.2%9.9%10.3%10.5%10.6%10.9%
Lexington town, Middlesex County0.0%0.6%0.4%0.2%-0.1%-0.3%-0.2%0.4%1.4%2.7%3.4%5.2%6.5%8.0%9.0%9.8%10.3%10.8%11.3%
Lincoln town, Middlesex County0.0%-2.2%-4.7%-7.1%-9.5%-11.9%-13.9%-15.6%-16.8%-17.9%-19.0%-18.1%-17.4%-16.8%-16.3%-14.1%-14.0%-13.8%-13.5%
Littleton town, Middlesex County0.0%1.3%1.7%2.0%2.3%2.6%3.3%4.5%6.1%8.0%9.1%10.7%11.9%13.3%15.0%20.9%22.5%23.4%25.2%
Marlborough city, Middlesex County0.0%0.9%0.9%1.0%1.0%1.0%1.4%2.2%3.5%5.1%5.9%7.1%8.2%8.6%9.2%9.5%9.5%9.5%9.6%
Maynard town, Middlesex County0.0%-0.2%-1.1%-1.9%-2.8%-3.6%-4.1%-4.2%-3.8%-3.1%-2.9%-2.0%-0.8%-0.1%0.7%1.6%1.8%2.2%2.4%
Medfield town, Norfolk County0.0%-0.2%-0.6%-1.2%-1.8%-2.5%-2.8%-2.9%-2.6%-2.3%-2.0%-1.2%-0.3%0.3%1.0%3.3%4.8%4.9%5.2%
Medway town, Norfolk County0.0%0.4%0.4%0.2%0.0%-0.2%-0.1%0.3%1.0%1.7%2.4%2.8%3.7%4.3%5.2%5.6%6.2%7.1%7.8%
Milford town, Worcester County0.0%1.3%2.1%2.6%2.8%3.1%3.4%3.6%3.7%4.0%4.3%4.8%5.2%5.6%6.4%6.7%7.1%7.9%8.5%
Millis town, Norfolk County0.0%0.1%-0.1%-0.6%-1.0%-1.5%-1.6%-1.5%-1.0%-0.5%0.1%0.9%1.5%2.2%2.7%3.4%3.6%4.2%4.7%
Natick town, Middlesex County0.0%0.6%0.3%0.0%-0.3%-0.6%-0.4%0.1%1.1%2.3%3.0%4.3%5.7%10.2%11.4%13.0%12.6%12.8%13.0%
Needham town, Norfolk County0.0%0.0%-0.2%-0.6%-1.0%-1.5%-1.5%-1.4%-0.9%-0.5%0.2%1.2%2.0%3.2%4.7%5.4%6.1%7.2%8.1%
Sherborn town, Middlesex County0.0%-0.0%-0.8%-1.5%-2.2%-3.0%-3.3%-3.3%-2.7%-2.0%-1.7%-0.4%0.3%1.2%2.1%2.4%2.5%3.0%3.6%
Southborough town, Worcester County0.0%2.2%3.7%4.9%5.8%6.7%7.7%8.6%9.4%10.4%11.2%11.8%12.2%12.7%13.2%14.1%14.9%15.5%15.8%
Stow town, Middlesex County0.0%1.6%2.2%2.7%3.3%3.8%4.7%6.1%8.0%10.1%11.3%14.2%16.1%17.2%19.1%19.4%19.5%19.8%22.0%
Sudbury town, Middlesex County0.0%0.8%0.7%0.6%0.5%0.4%0.7%1.4%2.6%4.1%5.0%6.6%7.6%8.8%10.8%11.4%11.7%11.8%16.5%
Walpole town, Norfolk County0.0%0.7%1.1%1.2%1.3%1.4%1.9%2.6%3.6%4.6%5.4%6.8%7.9%8.5%9.3%10.0%9.7%10.1%10.4%
Waltham city, Middlesex County0.0%0.5%0.3%-0.1%-0.4%-0.7%-0.5%-0.1%0.7%1.9%2.4%3.6%4.7%5.2%6.5%6.4%6.3%6.2%6.3%
Wayland town, Middlesex County0.0%0.1%-0.6%-1.2%-1.8%-2.5%-2.7%-2.6%-2.0%-1.1%-1.2%0.1%1.2%2.4%3.0%3.9%5.4%5.8%6.0%
Wellesley town, Norfolk County0.0%0.4%0.9%1.1%1.2%1.5%2.2%3.1%3.9%4.4%4.9%7.3%7.3%7.9%7.7%8.7%10.1%10.9%11.5%
Westborough town, Worcester County0.0%0.8%1.3%1.6%1.6%1.6%1.6%1.5%1.4%1.5%1.6%2.4%2.2%3.5%4.4%5.0%5.4%6.3%6.7%
Westford town, Middlesex County0.0%0.9%0.9%0.9%0.9%0.8%1.2%2.0%3.3%4.8%5.8%8.2%11.9%13.9%15.7%16.2%16.7%16.9%17.0%
Weston town, Middlesex County0.0%-0.1%-0.8%-1.6%-2.4%-3.1%-3.4%-3.5%-3.1%-2.4%-2.2%0.0%1.6%2.9%3.5%4.8%5.1%5.3%5.4%
Westwood town, Norfolk County0.0%0.5%0.7%0.5%0.5%0.3%0.6%1.1%2.0%2.8%3.6%4.2%4.9%5.6%6.4%13.6%13.6%14.0%14.2%

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




Total Population
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
United States281,424,600284,968,955287,625,193290,107,933292,805,298295,516,599298,379,912301,231,207304,093,966306,771,529308,758,105311,580,009313,874,218316,057,727318,386,421320,742,673323,071,342325,147,121327,167,434
Massachusetts6,349,3646,397,6346,417,2066,422,5656,412,2816,403,2906,410,0846,431,5596,468,9676,517,6136,547,7906,613,1496,663,1586,713,9446,763,6526,795,8916,826,0226,863,2466,902,149
Region2,865,5202,887,3692,890,8382,891,5912,889,7172,887,6712,895,2942,907,9682,929,5992,956,3162,972,4133,006,4863,032,7453,059,6953,083,2563,098,9423,113,2223,132,2403,150,941
Middlesex1,465,2441,473,0211,468,4881,464,0831,459,2321,454,8681,456,5281,463,1061,477,0491,494,7641,503,1231,524,7461,542,9051,560,3471,575,2371,585,7751,595,2381,604,9941,614,714
Norfolk650,265653,137653,860653,032652,630651,538653,421656,582661,703666,301670,907677,732682,891688,440692,399694,787697,353701,317705,388
Worcester750,011761,211768,490774,476777,855781,265785,345788,280790,847795,251798,383804,008806,949810,908815,620818,380820,631825,929830,839
Acton town, Middlesex County20,32220,56320,60120,64820,68320,72120,83921,04421,35521,71621,91222,26922,67522,92923,25223,48523,61023,71223,738
Ashland town, Middlesex County14,68714,95515,05615,16315,26115,35915,51615,73916,04116,38316,59516,82517,02217,17017,31817,54417,57117,67117,739
Bedford town, Middlesex County12,71712,81912,80912,79712,78212,77012,81212,89513,04413,22613,32013,53813,75813,98914,01014,09214,13914,17614,195
Bellingham town, Norfolk County15,33015,47315,53615,56315,60315,62015,70315,82416,00416,18016,41116,49716,62416,77016,86016,93717,01717,12117,182
Boxborough town, Middlesex County4,8704,8954,8794,8654,8484,8324,8354,8594,9074,9664,9965,0595,1075,1315,1665,1845,7916,3836,388
Carlisle town, Middlesex County4,7144,7404,7264,7144,7004,6864,6904,7154,7634,8224,8524,9244,9855,0345,0795,1975,2165,2245,247
Concord town, Middlesex County17,01617,13617,11217,07817,04517,02017,07617,16317,33917,56817,68118,75418,93019,19519,43319,65419,16719,16219,211
Dedham town, Norfolk County23,44823,61123,69623,72123,76023,78023,91024,08424,31924,52624,72524,89125,09725,35225,46325,38525,39125,31025,334
Dover town, Norfolk County5,5775,5855,5735,5485,5285,5005,4965,5055,5345,5625,5915,6675,7345,7965,8755,9435,9826,0496,101
Framingham city, Middlesex County66,99667,30467,06566,81966,56166,33066,38466,63367,21967,98668,32569,65170,06470,41770,78770,93771,46971,86673,123
Franklin town, Norfolk County29,56629,84229,98530,05830,15030,20930,40530,66331,01431,33931,63332,16432,33632,61632,82132,89232,97133,15533,230
Groton town, Middlesex County9,5419,6989,7519,8079,8599,91110,00110,13310,31510,52110,64310,91411,03211,11711,21711,26611,30811,33611,386
Harvard town, Worcester County5,9796,0596,1306,2016,2576,2986,3576,3976,4266,4916,5226,5316,5396,5496,5516,5396,5496,5696,610
Holliston town, Middlesex County13,82713,81913,70913,60713,49913,39413,34013,34513,41413,51213,56413,87514,05614,19714,40614,50614,59714,74814,939
Hopkinton town, Middlesex County13,37313,59413,66813,74813,81913,89314,01814,20214,45814,74914,90915,23515,45115,83816,20816,51416,86917,97418,269
Hudson town, Middlesex County18,00418,17218,17018,17618,17218,17118,23818,38618,62418,90519,07919,32919,50719,65919,78219,85819,89119,91619,960
Lexington town, Middlesex County30,37230,56230,48830,42130,34230,27130,32030,48530,80331,19531,40631,96332,35232,81233,10133,34033,49933,66133,792
Lincoln town, Middlesex County7,8587,6877,4927,3037,1126,9246,7656,6346,5346,4486,3626,4386,4906,5366,5776,7496,7606,7776,797
Littleton town, Middlesex County8,1788,2888,3138,3438,3678,3928,4508,5438,6778,8338,9269,0539,1549,2679,4089,89110,01810,09510,241
Marlborough city, Middlesex County36,34336,68636,68736,70036,69636,69936,84637,13937,61838,18738,49738,93439,30539,46839,69139,79939,79339,78839,825
Maynard town, Middlesex County10,41610,39810,30510,21910,12710,0399,9889,98210,02410,08810,11210,21110,32810,40910,48710,58210,60510,64310,667
Medfield town, Norfolk County12,27112,25012,19812,11812,04811,96211,92911,92111,95611,98612,02712,11912,23112,30512,38912,67712,86312,86812,904
Medway town, Norfolk County12,45612,50512,50512,47812,46012,42612,44712,49512,58612,67112,75412,80312,91812,99213,10813,15713,22813,33913,427
Milford town, Worcester County26,83327,18627,39027,53927,59327,65827,73927,78627,82727,91627,99728,12028,22328,32928,54628,64328,75128,94529,105
Millis town, Norfolk County7,8957,9037,8847,8467,8177,7767,7697,7807,8197,8557,9007,9698,0158,0678,1128,1628,1838,2308,270
Natick town, Middlesex County32,05832,24132,14832,06631,97031,88031,91532,07932,40332,80333,01233,43833,87735,31635,72436,21836,08936,17136,229
Needham town, Norfolk County28,91728,92228,86328,73528,62428,48628,47828,52428,65328,75928,96329,27729,49829,83430,26330,48930,67231,00931,248
Sherborn town, Middlesex County4,1904,1894,1574,1284,0964,0664,0504,0534,0764,1074,1194,1724,2044,2404,2794,2914,2944,3144,341
Southborough town, Worcester County8,7818,9759,1029,2129,2899,3709,4579,5339,6059,6959,7679,8169,8519,8949,93610,01510,08710,13810,169
Stow town, Middlesex County5,9136,0106,0416,0756,1066,1376,1916,2726,3856,5126,5846,7526,8636,9287,0437,0597,0687,0857,214
Sudbury town, Middlesex County16,84016,97616,95816,94716,92816,91116,96017,07917,28317,52717,67517,94518,11618,32018,66118,76318,81818,82619,627
Walpole town, Norfolk County22,82722,98523,06723,09223,12923,14323,26223,42423,65423,86824,06924,37424,63224,75824,94125,09925,04425,14325,209
Waltham city, Middlesex County59,21959,53159,37259,16658,96958,81058,93559,14159,65660,36460,62161,35962,02962,31163,09762,98162,92362,91962,962
Wayland town, Middlesex County13,09713,11013,02312,94212,85512,77112,73712,75612,83812,94912,94013,11013,25913,41113,49413,61013,80013,85813,882
Wellesley town, Norfolk County26,60826,71726,84126,89126,92726,99427,20427,42627,64627,78127,90828,55028,56028,70628,66128,91129,30829,51329,673
Westborough town, Worcester County17,98918,13718,22418,28218,27718,27218,28218,26618,24118,25818,27818,41318,39218,61318,78318,88118,95919,11419,189
Westford town, Middlesex County20,76720,95620,94920,95420,94520,94121,01521,18121,45221,77221,96222,47123,24823,64724,02924,12424,22624,26824,296
Weston town, Middlesex County11,51411,50711,42111,33011,24011,15511,11911,11211,16211,24111,26511,51511,69811,84511,92112,06612,10012,11912,134
Westwood town, Norfolk County14,11814,19414,21114,19514,19214,16714,20514,27414,39514,51214,62314,70814,80314,90215,02616,03316,03116,08816,127

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




INDICATORS TREND
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Decreasing
Reports of Domestic Violence Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Average Charitable Contribution Maintaining
Protected Land Not Applicable
Drug Poisoning Mortality Rate Increasing
Crimes Against People Decreasing
Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Total Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age/Gender Not Applicable
Seniors Living Alone Decreasing
People with Disabilities Maintaining
Change in Total Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
High-Tech Jobs Decreasing
Female to Male Earnings Ratio Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English, by Student Subgroup Not Applicable
Chronically Absent Students Decreasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Increasing
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Education Level Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Receiving Temporary Assistance Maintaining
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
80/20 Income Ratio Maintaining
Access to Financial Services, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Increasing
Homeownership Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Homeownership Increasing
Cost of Rent Not Applicable
Homelessness Increasing


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