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Overview

Introduction to Dedham, Massachusetts

Dedham, Massachusetts, in Norfolk county, is 6 miles S of Newton, Massachusetts and 10 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is in the Boston area.

Dedham History

People from Watertown and Roxbury were the first settlers in the area that is now known as Dedham. It was incorporated in 1636. The inhabitants of the town wanted to name it Contentment at that time, but they were overruled by the Massachusetts General Court, which chose the name Dedham after a similarly named area in Essex, England.

Dedham and nearby Attractions

  • Fairbanks House
  • Asor Art Gallery
  • Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center
  • Museum of Bad Art
  • Mother Brook
  • Lessence Art Gallery

Things To Do In Dedham

The Fairbanks house attracts many visitors, because it is one of the oldest timber frame houses in the U.S. There are several organization in this town which offer an entertaining blend of activities. Dedham also has some interesting art galleries like the Museum of Bad Art.

Dedham Transportation

Air transportation is available from Boston Logan International Airport.

Dedham Higher Education

The Boston College serves the town.

People

Total Population 25,224
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 19%
Employed Population 16+ 12,531
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 50.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 47.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $109,304
% Above Poverty Level 95.2%
% Below Poverty Level 4.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 4.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.2%
% Using Public Transportation 8.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 32%
Median Gross Rent $1,483
Median House Value $383,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.7%
US/American 0.6%
English 10.3%
Irish 32.6%

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

Dedham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles S of Newton, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 10 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Norfolk
Standard Zip Codes 02026
P.O. Box Zip Codes 02027
Phone Area Codes 781
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.241
Longitude -71.177

Dedham 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 BLUE HILL OBS MILTON
Distance 3.6 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 34 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 81 F
Oct Temp 43 to 60 F
Annual Precip 51.1 inches
Station WALPOLE 2
Distance 6.4 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Station HINGHAM
Distance 13.4 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 81 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Canton 22,276 $122,002
Dover 2,441 $186,250
Milton 27,303 $136,645
Needham 29,853 $164,104
Norwood 28,962 $104,301
Westwood 15,094 $157,556

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

Dedham Public Libraries

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Dedham Public Library
43 CHURCH ST.
Dedham, Massachusetts
(781) 326-0583
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Serves 1,013 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

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Historic Dedham

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Old Fairbanks House c1899

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Old Fairbanks House c1899

Old Fairbanks House between 1890 and 1899

The Old Fairbanks House c1899.

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