Gloucester, Massachusetts

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Gloucester is a city located in Essex County, Massachusetts. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 30,273.

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History

Gloucester was first settled in 1623 and was officially incorporated in 1642. Its development as a fishing port is largely tied to its geographic proximity to Georges Bank and other fishing banks located off the east coast of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

The largest event in Gloucester each year is St. Peter's Fiesta, usually the last week in June. Highlights include the blessing of the fleet and the greasy pole.

In October of 1991, a rare combination of meteorological factors created the "storm of the century," in the North Atlantic ocean, off North America's Eastern Seaboard. The crew of the Andrea Gail, a fishing boat out of Gloucester, attempted to sail home through the storm. These events were the inspiration for Sebastian Junger's book, The Perfect Storm. The city was featured in the movie adapation of the book.

Geography

Gloucester is located at 42°37'26" North, 70°40'32" West (42.624015, -70.675521)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 107.5 km² (41.5 mi²). 67.2 km² (26.0 mi²) of it is land and 40.2 km² (15.5 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 37.42% water.

Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 30,273 people, 12,592 households, and 7,895 families residing in the city. The population density is 450.2/km² (1,166.0/mi²). There are 13,958 housing units at an average density of 207.6/km² (537.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 96.99% White, 0.61% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.50% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. 1.48% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 12,592 households out of which 27.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.8% are married couples living together, 10.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 37.3% are non-families. 30.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.38 and the average family size is 3.00.

In the city the population is spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 88.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $47,722, and the median income for a family is $58,459. Males have a median income of $41,465 versus $30,566 for females. The per capita income for the city is $25,595. 8.8% of the population and 7.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 11.8% of those under the age of 18 and 11.2% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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