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Overview

Introduction to Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Chelmsford, Massachusetts, in Middlesex county, is 3 miles SW of Lowell, Massachusetts and 22 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Lowell metropolitan area.

Chelmsford History

The town of Chelmsford was founded by the settlers from the communities of Concord and Woburn. It was incorporated in May, 1655. The town was named after Chelmsford, England. Originally, Chelmsford also included parts of Carlisle and Tyngsboro, the neighboring town of Westford as well as a large part of what is present-day Lowell. The town of Chelmsford celebrated its 350th anniversary in 2005.

Chelmsford and nearby Attractions

  • Garrison House
  • Sky Meadows Golf Course
  • Lowell National Historic Park
  • Edward A. Lelacheur Park
  • Boston Children's Museum

Things To Do In Chelmsford

Chelmsford offers several parks and playgrounds as well as restaurants and other entertainment options. In fact, there are so many things to do near Chelmsford that you will rarely get bored during your stay. To keep yourself busy during leisure times, you can also go apple picking in the orchards in Chelmsford.

Chelmsford Transportation

Air transportation is available from Boston Logan International Airport.

Chelmsford Higher Education

The nearest college is University of Massachusetts Lowell.

People

Total Population 34,757
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 17.6%
Employed Population 16+ 17,899
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 59.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 50.6%
Median Earnings25+ $60,073
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $30,614
Median Earnings With High School Degree $44,435

Wealth

Median Family Income $118,396
% Above Poverty Level 96.6%
% Below Poverty Level 3.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 4.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 2.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 26.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,118
Median House Value $346,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.3%
US/American 0.6%
English 14.2%
Irish 29.7%

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

Chelmsford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles SW of Lowell, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 22 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 01824
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.599
Longitude -71.367

Chelmsford 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 LOWELL
Distance 3.5 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 33 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 85 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 43.1 inches
Station BEDFORD
Distance 9.1 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 READING
Distance 13.3 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, Chelmsford, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Kates Corner (01824)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Billerica 41,956 $106,812
Carlisle 5,074 $188,889
Dracut 30,691 $91,836
Lowell 109,349 $57,695
Tyngsborough 12,053 $118,161
Westford 23,232 $141,754

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

Chelmsford Public Libraries

Library
Chelmsford Public Library
25 BOSTON RD.
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
(978) 256-5521
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Chelmsford High Schools

CHELMSFORD HIGH
200 RICHARDSON RD
978-251-5111
Serves 1,723 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

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