Suffolk County (Massachusetts)

The Suffolk County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts in the United States. The administrative headquarters ( County Seat) is Boston. After the abolition of county government in 1997, the County exists only as a historical geographic region and serves some administrative purposes.


As a small majority of counties in Massachusetts, Suffolk County now has no county government more. All previous tasks of the county were taken over by state authorities in 1997. The sheriff and some other regional officials with specific duties are still elected locally to perform tasks within the county. The communities now have greater autonomy and can conclude regional treaties in order to offer services together.


The county has an area of ​​311 square kilometers, of which 160 square kilometers are water surface. It is bordered clockwise to the following counties: Essex County, Norfolk County and Middlesex County.


Suffolk County was in 1643 one of four Gründungscountys of Massachusetts.



According to the census in 2000 lived in Suffolk County 689 807 inhabitants in 278 722 households and 139 082 families. The population was made up of 57.76 percent White, 22.24 percent Black or African American, 7.00 percent Asian, and 0.39 percent Native American. 15.52 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The per capita income was 22 766 U.S. dollars; 14.9 percent of families and 19.0 percent of the population lived below the poverty line.

Cities and Towns

  • Boston
  • Chelsea
  • Revere
  • Winthrop