The Greater Lowell region consists of the City of Lowell and its eight suburbs - Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Pepperell, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, and Westford. The City serves as the economic center of the region which has a land area of approximately 196 square miles and an inland water area of 5.76 square miles. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Greater Lowell region had a population of 286,901 in 2010, which represents an increase of 2.2% since 2000. This growth rate was one-third of what the region experienced between 1990 and 2000. More information is available on the Population by Community table compiled from the 2000 and 2010 Census as well as the 2009-2013 American Community Survey 5-Year estimates.

Housing Units and Density by Community

The total number of housing units in the region increased from 99,342 units in 2000 to 109,446 units in 2010, an increase of 10.2%. According to the 2009-2013 ACS estimates, the region has approximately 112,223 housing units, which represents a 2.53% increase since 2010. More estimates are available on the Housing Units and Density by Community table.

Commuting Patterns by Community

The suburban communities in the Greater Lowell region have been impacted by many of the issues affecting the City of Lowell, including increased development, traffic and congestion. There is significant crossover traffic across the New Hampshire state line for employment and consumer purposes. The Commuting Patterns by Community table shows the percentage of residents working both inside and outside of Middlesex County and the State according to the 2009-2013 ACS 5-Year estimates. The Towns of Dunstable, Pepperell, and Tyngsborough contain the largest percentages of residents who work out of state, which is not surprising given their close proximity to New Hampshire. The town of Tewksbury contains the largest percentage of residents who work within Massachusetts but outside of Middlesex county (24.4%).

Additional 2010 Census information for NMCOG's nine communities is available below:  

The following NMCOG community links provide comparisons of the 2010 and 2000 Census tract-level statistics for population, race, age, and housing.


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