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Middlesex County, Massachusetts

Middlesex County is a county located in the U.S. State of Massachusetts. As of 2000, the population is 1,465,396. Its county seats are Cambridge and Lowell6. The county government was abolished in 1997 but the county itself still survives as a legal venue and for other administrative purposes.

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1 Geography
2 Demographics
3 Cities and towns
4 External Link


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,195 km² (848 mi²). 2,133 km² (823 mi²) of it is land and 62 km² (24 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 2.84% water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there are 1,465,396 people, 561,220 households, and 360,864 families residing in the county. The population density is 687/km² (1,780/mi²). There are 576,681 housing units at an average density of 270/km² (700/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 85.88% White, 3.36% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 6.26% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.07% from other races, and 2.24% from two or more races. 4.55% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 561,220 households out of which 30.20% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.30% are married couples living together, 9.90% have a female householder with no husband present, and 35.70% are non-families. 27.10% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.50% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.52 and the average family size is 3.11.

In the county the population is spread out with 22.50% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 33.40% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 12.80% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 93.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $60,821, and the median income for a family is $74,194. Males have a median income of $49,460 versus $36,288 for females. The per capita income for the county is $31,199. 6.50% of the population and 4.30% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 7.20% are under the age of 18 and 7.10% are 65 or older.

Cities and towns

* Villages are census division, but have no separate corporate existence from the towns they are in. ** In the City of Newton, villages are post office division, but are commonly used within the community.

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