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Overview

Introduction to Berkley, Massachusetts

Berkley, Massachusetts, in Bristol county, is 4 miles S of Taunton, Massachusetts (center to center) and 35 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts.

Berkley History

Berkley was originally settled in 1638, and was incorporated in 1735. It was named in honor of George Berkeley, the philosopher and Bishop who lived in Newport, Rhode Island from 1728 to 1731. Prior to ncorporation, Berkley was part of Taunton and Dighton in Massachusetts. It is located in Bristol County, which was formed on June 2, 1685 out of Plymouth Colony.

Berkley and Nearby Attractions

  • Dighton Rock State Park
  • New Bedford Whaling Museum
  • Dighton Rock Museum
  • Capron Park Zoo
  • Bridge Village Heritage Park
  • Slater Mill Historic Site

Things To Do In Berkley

Berkley is home to Dighton Rock State Park. The Threemile River and Assonet River provides opportunities for swimming, boating, and fishing. The Dighton Rock Museum is another popular attraction. Other places often visited include the Bridge Village Heritage Park, Freetown Fall River State Forest, Slater Mill Historic Site, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, and the Children's Museum in Easton. The John F. Parker Golf Course offers opportunities to play golf.

Berkley Transportation

General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Berkley Higher Education

Bristol Community College, University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, and Bridgewater State College are nearby colleges.

People

Total Population 6,547
Male Share of the Population 50.8%
Female Share of the Population 49.2%
Senior Citizens 10.9%
Employed Population 16+ 3,393
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 61%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $94,688
% Above Poverty Level 96.4%
% Below Poverty Level 3.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 14.3%
Median Gross Rent $0
Median House Value $347,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.6%
US/American 0.6%
English 11.2%
Irish 25.7%

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

Berkley Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles S of Taunton, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 35 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Bristol
Standard Zip Codes 02779
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.845
Longitude -71.094

Berkley 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 TAUNTON
Distance 4 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 37 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Station ROCHESTER
Distance 10.1 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
Station PLYMOUTH-KINGSTON
Distance 22.4 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 82 F
Oct Temp 44 to 63 F
Annual Precip 51 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dighton 7,221 $90,625
Freetown 9,031 $96,053
Lakeville 11,098 $102,668
Raynham 13,600 $98,700
Somerset 18,271 $81,727
Taunton 56,276 $69,318

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

Berkley Public Libraries

Library
Berkley Public Library
1 NORTH MAIN STREET
Berkley, Massachusetts
(508) 822-3329
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