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Fall River, Massachusetts

Fall River is a city located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 91,938. It and Taunton are the county seats of Bristol County6.

Table of contents
1 Geography
2 Demographics
3 Historical note


Fall River is located at 41°41'53" North, 71°8'49" West (41.698102, -71.146994)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 99.0 km² (38.2 mi²). 80.3 km² (31.0 mi²) of it is land and 18.6 km² (7.2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 18.84% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 91,938 people, 38,759 households, and 23,565 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,144.3/km² (2,963.7/mi²). There are 41,857 housing units at an average density of 521.0/km² (1,349.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 91.16% White, 2.48% African American, 0.19% Native American, 2.16% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.43% from other races, and 2.55% from two or more races. 3.31% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 38,759 households out of which 29.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.3% are married couples living together, 16.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 39.2% are non-families. 34.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 14.2% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.32 and the average family size is 3.00.

In the city the population is spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 87.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 82.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $29,014, and the median income for a family is $37,671. Males have a median income of $31,330 versus $22,883 for females. The per capita income for the city is $16,118. 17.1% of the population and 14.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 25.4% are under the age of 18 and 17.4% are 65 or older.

Historical note

On August 4, 1892, Fall River was the scene of the murder allegedly committed by Lizzie Borden, remembered in a nursery rhyme. Borden was ultimately acquitted of this charge.