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State-level Population Estimates for Massachusetts

On December 22, 2022, the U.S. Census Bureau released annual population estimates and for U.S. States and Puerto Rico July 1, 2022. While population in the U.S. increased overall due to rebounding immigration and births, Massachusetts was among the five out of nine Northeast states that lost population over the last year and, also, cumulatively since the 2020 Census. According to the latest estimates, the Massachusetts population decreased by 7,716, or -0.1% over the year, from 6,989,690 on July 1, 2021 to 6,981,974 on July 1, 2022. Since the last Census count on April 1, 2020, the state population decreased by 47,975, down from 7,029,949.

In terms of national rankings, Massachusetts ranked 16th in population size (out of 50 states plus District of Columbia), 39th in percent population change from July 1, 2021 to July 1, 2022, and 43rd in cumulative percent population chance since the 2020 Census. See the dashboard below for more detail on how the Massachusetts population estimates compare to other states.


The U.S. Census Bureau produces revised population estimates each year by adding updated components of change to the Census 2020 base. According to the latest components of change estimates, from July 1, 2021 to July 1, 2022, Massachusetts experienced 70,019 births and 63,716 deaths, for a net natural increase of 6,303. At the same time, Massachusetts experienced a net outflow of -57,292 persons to other states in the U.S. and a net inflow of 43,880 persons from other countries, for net negative total migration of -13,412 persons. See the dashboard below for more information on the Massachusetts components of change estimates.


For more information about the Vintage 2022 state-level population estimates, download the full UMDI report below.

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