The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Massachusetts For 2021


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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the fastest growing cities in Massachusetts.

Is being in an area that's growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Boston and Worcester, while others want peace and quiet like in Palmer Town and North Adams, thank you very much.

But today we're going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts -- over the past five years, which cities in Massachusetts have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census's American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Bay State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Massachusetts for 2021 according to the most recent census data:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Massachusetts For 2021

  1. Chelsea
  2. Everett
  3. Boston
  4. Cambridge
  5. Watertown Town
  6. Methuen Town
  7. Somerville
  8. Amesbury Town
  9. Woburn
  10. Revere

What's the fastest growing city in Massachusetts for 2021? Based on the most recent ACS data, Chelsea ranks as the fastest growing city in Massachusetts. If you happen to be a resident of Chelsea, you're probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you're surprised--and you're wondering why these places are kind of a big deal--keep reading. We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Massachusetts are growing like weeds.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Massachusetts or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more Massachusetts state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Massachusetts For 2021

1. Chelsea

Chelsea, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 39,992
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 34,532
Percent Growth 15.8%
Absolute Growth: 5,460
More on Chelsea: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

2. Everett

Everett, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 46,118
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 40,560
Percent Growth 13.7%
Absolute Growth: 5,558
More on Everett: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

3. Boston

Boston, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 684,379
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 602,609
Percent Growth 13.6%
Absolute Growth: 81,770
More on Boston: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

4. Cambridge

Cambridge, MA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 116,632
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population 2010: 103,506
Percent Growth 12.7%
Absolute Growth: 13,126
More on Cambridge: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

5. Watertown Town

Watertown Town, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 35,401
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population 2010: 31,591
Percent Growth 12.1%
Absolute Growth: 3,810
More on Watertown Town: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

6. Methuen Town

Methuen Town, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 50,282
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 46,393
Percent Growth 8.4%
Absolute Growth: 3,889
More on Methuen Town: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

7. Somerville

Somerville, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 80,906
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Population 2010: 75,215
Percent Growth 7.6%
Absolute Growth: 5,691
More on Somerville: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

8. Amesbury Town

Amesbury Town, MA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,434
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 16,225
Percent Growth 7.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,209
More on Amesbury Town: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

9. Woburn

Woburn, MA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 40,304
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 37,538
Percent Growth 7.4%
Absolute Growth: 2,766
More on Woburn: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

10. Revere

Revere, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 53,692
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Population 2010: 50,008
Percent Growth 7.4%
Absolute Growth: 3,684
More on Revere: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Bay State for 2021

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 53 Massachusetts cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Bay State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Current Population - Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here's a graph of the cities in Massachusetts with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Massachusetts Graph For 2021

Click to enlarge

These Places Grew Up So Fast In Massachusetts, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Massachusetts are led by Chelsea which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It'll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We'll be here to let you know!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. North Adams
  2. Pittsfield
  3. Barnstable Town

For more Massachusetts reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Massachusetts For 2021

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Chelsea 15.8% 39,992 34,532
2 Everett 13.7% 46,118 40,560
3 Boston 13.6% 684,379 602,609
4 Cambridge 12.7% 116,632 103,506
5 Watertown Town 12.1% 35,401 31,591
6 Methuen Town 8.4% 50,282 46,393
7 Somerville 7.6% 80,906 75,215
8 Amesbury Town 7.5% 17,434 16,225
9 Woburn 7.4% 40,304 37,538
10 Revere 7.4% 53,692 50,008

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