Introduction to Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Dartmouth, Massachusetts, in Bristol county, is 3 miles SW of New Bedford, Massachusetts (center to center) and 52 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is included in the New Bedford metropolitan area.

Dartmouth History

Dartmouth was initially settled in 1652. The name Dartmouth was based upon the town of the same name in Devon, England. This was the place from where the Puritans left for America. The town was incorporated in 1664. Though the region started out as an agricultural community, it later developed into a resort.

Dartmouth and nearby Attractions

  • Buttonswood Park Zoo
  • Horseneck Beach
  • Grinnell Congregate Home
  • Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum
  • Demarest Lloyd State Park
  • Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

Things To Do In Dartmouth

Dartmouth has a beach, as well as several parks. A number of rivers also flow through this town. These areas are excellent for recreational activities. People can visit the parks and the rivers of Dartmouth to relax and also participate in various activities. The are also some interesting museums are in and around Dartmouth.

Dartmouth Transportation

New Bedford Regional Airport is just minutes from Dartmouth.

Dartmouth Higher Education

The University of Massachusetts is nearby.


Total Population 34,482
Male Share of the Population 50.3%
Female Share of the Population 49.7%
Senior Citizens 18.1%
Employed Population 16+ 15,940
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 43.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.5%
Median Earnings25+ $42,150
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,283
Median Earnings With High School Degree $37,945


Median Family Income $83,770
% Above Poverty Level 92.4%
% Below Poverty Level 7.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 5.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%


People Living Alone 27.1%
Median Gross Rent $955
Median House Value $314,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.4%
Irish 14%

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

Dartmouth Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles SW of New Bedford, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 52 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Bristol
Standard Zip Codes 02747, 02748
P.O. Box Zip Codes 02714
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.6
Longitude -70.98

Dartmouth Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.3 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 13.1 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 28.3 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 54 F
Jul Temp 62 to 79 F
Oct Temp 45 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Nonquitt (02748)

North Dartmouth (02747)

Padanaram The Packet (02748)

South Dartmouth (02748)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Acushnet 10,374 $85,895
Fairhaven 16,027 $76,794
Marion 4,979 $94,412
Mattapoisett 6,176 $99,044
New Bedford 94,909 $46,114
Westport 15,707 $93,597

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

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