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. As of the year 2000 census, 10,161 people lived in Acushnet.

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 10,329
Male Share of the Population 51%
Female Share of the Population 49%
Senior Citizens 17.2%
Employed Population 16+ 5,482
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 53.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.1%
Median Earnings25+ $45,979
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $36,955
Median Earnings With High School Degree $44,199


Median Family Income $85,833
% Above Poverty Level 95.9%
% Below Poverty Level 4.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 21.7%
Median Gross Rent $780
Median House Value $283,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.2%
US/American 0%
English 12.7%
Irish 13.4%

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 34,384 $85,269
Fairhaven 15,971 $76,266
Marion 4,935 $82,399
Mattapoisett 6,138 $84,063
New Bedford 94,873 $45,506
Rochester 5,348 $105,731

Acushnet Public Libraries

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