City of

New Bedford

133 William St. New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone: 508-979-1400


Jon Mitchell

Municipal Election:

November 7, 2023
Nov., 1st Tuesday following 1st Monday (odd years)

City Council:

Ian Abreu
Derek Baptiste
Shane Burgo
Naomi Carney
Maria Giesta
Brian Gomes
Scott Lima
William Markey
Linda Morad
Shawn Oliver
Ryan Pereira


Population Density5,054
Registered Voters63,532
Income Per Capita$18,858
EQV Per Capita$68,734
Owner-occupied Housing Unit Rate39.1%
Median Value of Owner-occupied Housing Units$258,300
Median Gross Rent$936
Total Households41,395
Average Household Size2.38

Municipal Finances

Residential Tax Rate$15.54
Commercial Tax Rate$33.51
Average Tax Bill$4,055
Total Expenditures$322,209,694
Total Tax Levy$141,474,557
State Aid$206,823,902
Local Receipts$30,853,987
CPA Year Enacted2014
CPA Surcharge1.5%
CPA ExemptionsLow income, first $100,000 - residential, first $100,000 - commercial
City Hall of New Bedford

City Hall

Wants you To KNOW

New Bedford is the urban center of the Commonwealth’s southern coastline, the nation’s top commercial fishing port, the launching pad of the nation’s offshore wind industry, and a regional hub of commerce, transportation, culture, and recreation.


Form of GovernmentMayor – Council
Incorporation Date1787
Chief Municipal OfficialMayor
Legislative BodyCity Council
Size of Council11
Length of Mayoral Term (years)4


Area20 mi2
Public Roads287.4 mi
Regional Planning AgencySoutheastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District


U.S. Senate (statewide)

Edward J. Markey
Elizabeth Warren

U.S. House

William Keating

Mass. Senate

Mark Montigny

Mass. House

Antonio Cabral
Christopher Hendricks
Paul Schmid, III
Christopher Markey
William Straus

Income Per Capita

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