Introduction to Acushnet, Massachusetts

Acushnet, Massachusetts, in Bristol county, is 3 miles NE of New Bedford, Massachusetts (center to center) and 47 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is included in the New Bedford metropolitan area.

Acushnet History

Acushnet was first settled in the year 1659. Throughout its history, it has been included as a part of three separate towns. Formerly, it was the northeastern section of the town of Dartmouth, which included the towns of New Bedford, Westport and Fairhaven. Later, in the year 1787, New Bedford separated from Dartmouth and included the lands of Fairhaven and Acushnet. Fairhaven was incorporated as a separate town, again including the lands of Acushnet in the year 1812. The city was officially incorporated in the year 1860. The name "Acushnet" comes from the name of the river that runs through the town.

Acushnet and nearby Attractions

  • Chipaway Stables
  • The Candleworks
  • St Anthony of Padua Parish
  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
  • New Bedford Whaling Museum
  • New Bedford City Hall

Things To Do In Acushnet

Acushnet has some lovely historic sites that are worth visiting. For food lovers, Acushnet offers an array of restaurants and cafés that serve a wide selection of mouthwatering foods. These are also many great places to relax with family members and friends.

Acushnet Transportation

Boston Logan International airport is the closest major destination for air travel.

Acushnet Higher Education

University Of Massachusetts-Dartmouth serves the city.


Total Population 10,374
Male Share of the Population 50.5%
Female Share of the Population 49.5%
Senior Citizens 16.9%
Employed Population 16+ 5,405
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 50.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $85,895
% Above Poverty Level 95.4%
% Below Poverty Level 4.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 21.1%
Median Gross Rent $790
Median House Value $272,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.7%
US/American 0%
English 15%
Irish 12.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Acushnet Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles NE of New Bedford, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 47 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Bristol
Standard Zip Codes 02743, 02745
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.68
Longitude -70.908

Acushnet Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.5 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 56 F
Jul Temp 65 to 83 F
Oct Temp 46 to 63 F
Annual Precip 50.7 inches
Distance 7.1 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches
Distance 26 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 38 F
Apr Temp 39 to 54 F
Jul Temp 64 to 78 F
Oct Temp 48 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dartmouth 34,482 $83,770
Fairhaven 16,027 $76,794
Marion 4,979 $94,412
Mattapoisett 6,176 $99,044
New Bedford 94,909 $46,114
Rochester 5,385 $107,625

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Acushnet Public Libraries

Russell Memorial Library
Acushnet, Massachusetts
(508) 998-0270
Library Web Site

library logo

More Information for Librarians

These schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles). Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.
Results:  5
Matching School Ads
  • Business Administration (AS) (Online)
  • Psychology (BA) (Online)
  • Business Administration - Accounting (BS) (Online)
  • Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges.
  • Veterinary Technician (Associate)
  • Penn Foster College

    Penn Foster College offers a complete learning experience for busy adults looking to advance their education around their schedule. With Penn Foster College, you can earn your degree or undergraduate certificate online and at a pace that’s right for you.

  • Master of Public Administration Online
  • Master of Arts in International Relations Online
  • Master of Civil Engineering Online
  • Earn your Master's degree online from Norwich University.
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Common Core State Standards Instructional Leader
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: The Inclusive Classroom (SPED)
  • Higher Education (EDD)
  • Concordia University - Portland offers several fully online 14-month Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs and a fully online Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) program.

  • Doctor of Social Work
  • Master of Social Work
  • The MSW@USC is the first top-ranked MSW program offered nationally. Many online programs are limited to certain geographic areas or the availability of courses, making it necessary to travel to campus. Our program can be completed from virtually anywhere without the need to relocate to Southern California.

Study Online in Acushnet

Career and College Resources

Real-World Career Reports
Career References and Original Articles
College Directories and Lists
Additional Resources
Info for Acushnet Government Officials

Are you an official in the Acushnet government or quasi-government agency such as the chamber of commerce, visitors bureau or economic development council? If so, visit our information page for government officials to see how CityTownInfo can support you.

Back to Top