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The city of Lowell is located in Middlesex County<1>.

Lowell was settled in 1653.

When the people of Lowell refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Lowellite<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Lowell has a population of 111,013 people<3> (see below for details).

The community of Lowell is 90 feet [27 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Lowell lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Lowell: (978) & (351)<5>

The ZIP codes for Lowell: 01850-01854<6>

Websites for Lowell ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Lowell had an population of 111,013 people. This is an increase of 4.22% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 5.56% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Lowell had a population of 106,519 people (which is 7.09% of the total population of Middlesex County). This makes Lowell the county's most populous community.

The population of Lowell represents 1.63% of the total population of Massachusetts (which has 6,547,629 people), making it the state's 4th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 106,519 people, the population of Lowell increased 1.29% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 105,167 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Lowell.

Communities Also Named Lowell ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 33 communities that are also named Lowell - they are located in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana (2), Iowa, Kansas (2), Kentucky, Maine, Michigan (3), Missouri (2), Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio (3), Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Lowell.

Communities near Lowell ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Lowell.

  • Nashua
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nashua
    • Nashua is located in Hillsborough County (NH)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 89,167 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Nashua <7>
  • Lawrence
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lawrence
    • Lawrence is located in Essex County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 80,007 people
  • Haverhill
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Haverhill
    • Haverhill is located in Essex County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 64,098 people
  • Waltham
    (18 miles [29 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waltham
    • Waltham is located in Middlesex County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 62,069 people
  • Medford
    (18 miles [29 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Medford
    • Medford is located in Middlesex County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 60,847 people
  • Malden
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Malden
    • Malden is located in Middlesex County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 59,922 people
  • Methuen
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Methuen have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Methuen
    • Methuen is located in Essex County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 50,910 people
  • Arlington
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arlington
    • Arlington is located in Middlesex County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 45,169 people
  • Woburn
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woburn
    • Woburn is located in Middlesex County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 40,135 people
  • Andover
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Andover
    • Andover is located in Essex County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 36,554 people

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Lowell. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Lowell.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Lowell. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Lowell.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Lowell. Our list includes 138 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Lowell.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Lowell ...

Looking for more information about Lowell? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Lowell, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Lowell.

Adding Lowell to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Lowell in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Lowell was in the book titled Table of U.S. Post Offices in the United States (Jan. 1851).

We also found Lowell in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Lowell.

The official website for Lowell:

The official website for State of Massachusetts:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Massachusetts' counties, including Middlesex, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Lowell refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Lowell may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Lowell.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Lowell - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (351) is an overlay for area code (978).
<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Lowell). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Lowell or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Lowell includes: 01850, 1851, 1852, 1853 & 01854.
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.


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