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Everett, Massachusetts
Everett in winter as viewed from the Whidden Hospital in 2007.
Everett in winter as viewed from the Whidden Hospital in 2007.
Flag of Everett, Massachusetts
Official seal of Everett, Massachusetts
"City of Pride, Progress, and Possibilities"
Location in Middlesex County in Massachusetts
Location in Middlesex County in Massachusetts
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Settled 1630
Incorporated 1870
City 1892
 • Type Mayor-council city
 • Total 3.7 sq mi (9.5 km2)
 • Land 3.4 sq mi (8.8 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
10 ft (3 m)
 • Total 41,667
 • Density 12,255.0/sq mi (4,734.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 617 / 857
FIPS code 25-21990
GNIS feature ID 0612739

Everett is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Boston. The population was 41,668 at the time of the 2010 United States Census.

Everett was the last city in the United States to have a bicameral legislature, which was composed of a seven-member Board of Aldermen and an eighteen-member Common Council. On November 8, 2011, the voters approved a new City Charter that will change the City Council to a unicameral body with eleven members – six ward councilors and five councilors-at-large; an event that provoked an emotional response from many Everett residents. The new City Council was elected during the 2013 City Election.


Everett was originally part of Charlestown, and later Malden. It separated from Malden in 1870. In 1892, Everett changed from a town to a city. On December 13, 1892, Alonzo H. Evans defeated George E. Smith to become Everett's first Mayor.

The city was named after Edward Everett, who served as U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, the 15th Governor of Massachusetts, Minister to Great Britain, and United States Secretary of State. He also served as President of Harvard University.

1971, Distrigas of Massachusetts begins importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) at its Everett Marine Terminal in the Island End section of Everett. This terminal was the first of its kind in the country.

Everett's business district is focused on Broadway, with many businesses and restaurants long the route. Everett Square is a small bus-hub with bus routes 104, 109, 110, 112 and 97, all served by MBTA. The Everett City Hall, Everett Fire Department, Parlin Memorial Library, and a few health centers, businesses and restaurants are centered around Everett Square on Broadway, Norwood St and Chelsea St. Everett Stadium is also near the Square. Route 16 is just south of the Square, allowing quick access to a major highway. Besides Everett Square, Gateway Center just off Route 16 in Everett is a major retail-shopping district, with big stores like Target, The Home Depot, Costco and many more. The Wynn Casino and Resort of Boston in Everett construction is expected to be underway or complete by 2020.

Everett has an semi-rapidly increasing population as people are seeking new households near Boston while not having to pay the prices of living in Boston, Cambridge, or Somerville.


Everett is bordered by Malden on the north, Revere on the east, Chelsea on the southeast, Somerville and Medford on the west, Boston and the Mystic River on the south. Everett is major part of the Port of Boston.

Some of Everett's neighborhoods are Glendale, Woodlawn, West Everett and Hendersonville. Glendale Park is the city's largest park.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2), of which 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) (7.63%) is water.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1870 2,220 —    
1880 4,159 +87.3%
1890 11,068 +166.1%
1900 24,336 +119.9%
1910 33,484 +37.6%
1920 40,120 +19.8%
1930 48,424 +20.7%
1940 46,784 −3.4%
1950 45,982 −1.7%
1960 43,544 −5.3%
1970 42,485 −2.4%
1980 37,195 −12.5%
1990 35,701 −4.0%
2000 38,037 +6.5%
2010 41,667 +9.5%
2015 46,050 +10.5%
* = population estimate. Source: United States Census records and Population Estimates Program data.
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 41,667 people, 15,435 households, and 9,554 families residing in the city. The population density was 11,241.1 people per square mile (4,345.0/km²). There were 15,908 housing units at an average density of 4,701.3 per square mile (1,817.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 53.6% Non-Hispanic Whites, 14.3% African American, 4.8% Asian, 0.4% Pacific Islander, 2% from other races, and 3.8% were multiracial. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 21.1% of the population (9.3% Salvadoran, 3.0% Puerto Rican, 1.1% Colombian, 1.1% Dominican, 1.0% Guatemalan, 0.8% Mexican). The city also has a large number of people of Brazilian and Italian descent.

There were 15,435 households out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.8% were married couples living together, 15.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.1% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.11.

The population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 34.8% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 91 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $49,737. The median income for a family is $49,876. Males had a median income of $36,047 versus $30,764 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,876. About 9.2% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.9% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.

Foreign-born residents

In 2010, 33% of the residents of Everett were born outside the United States. This percentage was around 11% in 1990.

Sites of interest

Part of the historic Revere Beach Parkway listed on the National Register of Historic Places, lies in Everett.

In popular culture

  • Everett was home to the set of the 2012 ABC series Boston's Finest.
  • The city was the setting for the 2007 Ben Affleck film Gone Baby Gone.
  • The old Everett High School was used for the filming of scenes for the Adam Sandler movie That's My Boy, the Kevin James movie Here Comes the Boom, and most recently Ghostbusters (2016 film) starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Katie McKinnon, and Leslie Jones.

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