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Brockton, Massachusetts

Brockton is a city located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 94,304. It and Plymouth are the county seats of Plymouth County6.


Brockton is located at 42°4'57" North, 71°1'18" West (42.082500, -71.021788)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 55.9 km² (21.6 mi²). 55.6 km² (21.5 mi²) of it is land and 0.3 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.56% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 94,304 people, 33,675 households, and 22,764 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,695.9/km² (4,392.8/mi²). There are 34,837 housing units at an average density of 626.5/km² (1,622.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 61.49% White, 17.83% African American, 0.36% Native American, 2.19% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 10.32% from other races, and 7.78% from two or more races. 8.01% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 33,675 households out of which 35.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.0% are married couples living together, 19.9% have a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% are non-families. 26.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.74 and the average family size is 3.35.

In the city the population is spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 87.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $39,507, and the median income for a family is $46,235. Males have a median income of $34,255 versus $26,886 for females. The per capita income for the city is $17,163. 14.5% of the population and 12.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 19.4% are under the age of 18 and 12.6% are 65 or older.

Brockton claims to be the "City of Champions", mainly due to the success of native boxers Rocky Marciano and Marvin Hagler.