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Overview

Introduction to Acton, Massachusetts

Acton, Massachusetts, in Middlesex county, is 11 miles SW of Lowell, Massachusetts and 21 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is located in the Boston metropolitan area. Acton has a population of 20,331.

Acton History

The area that is today known as Acton was initially inhabited by Native Americans, who used the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers for transportation and the nearby fields for growing seasonal crops. There is evidence of the Native American settlements found in Acton tht date back more than 7000 years. It is believed that when the colonists arrived in this region, the population of the Native Americans dropped significantly. This was mainly due to European diseases against which the Native Americans had no immunity. The town of Acton was incorporated in the year 1735.

Acton and nearby Attractions

  • Acton Arboretum
  • Great Hill
  • Grassy Pond and Nagog Hill
  • Wills Hole Conservation Area and Town Forest
  • North Acton Recreation Area
  • Jenks Land

Things To Do In Acton

Acton is a lovely town, full of lush green parks and open spaces. The parks are great places to hang out during your leisure time. The townspeople also organize events for kids as well as adults regularly. The Discovery Museum is also located in this town. Acton also has many good restaurants and cafes that serve many popular meals.

Acton Transportation

Boston Logan International is the nearest major airport that serves the city.

Acton Higher Education

The city is served by Middlesex Community College.

People

Total Population 22,614
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 11.3%
Employed Population 16+ 11,577
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 63%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 74.3%
Median Earnings25+ $74,709
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,836
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,862

Wealth

Median Family Income $149,882
% Above Poverty Level 97%
% Below Poverty Level 3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 36 minutes
% Working from Home 7.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 5.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 24.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,193
Median House Value $502,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.7%
US/American 0.5%
English 13.8%
Irish 18.6%

Acton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles SW of Lowell, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 01718, 01719, 01720
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.485
Longitude -71.433

Acton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BEDFORD
Distance 7.7 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches
Station FRAMINGHAM
Distance 14 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
Station READING
Distance 15.5 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Acton, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Boxboro (01719)

Village of Nagog Woods (01718)

West Acton (01720)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Boxborough 5,102 $171,290
Carlisle 4,967 $178,533
Concord 18,834 $159,000
Littleton 9,157 $129,815
Maynard 10,314 $110,203
Stow 6,841 $154,256

Acton Public Libraries

Library
Acton Memorial Library
486 MAIN ST.
Acton, Massachusetts
(978) 264-9641
Library Web Site
W. Acton Citizens' Library
21 WINDSOR AVE.
Acton, Massachusetts
(978) 264-9652

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96 HAYWARD RD
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