Introduction to Dighton, Massachusetts

Dighton, Massachusetts, in Bristol county, is 6 miles S of Taunton, Massachusetts (center to center) and 37 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts.

Dighton History

The town of Dighton is the geographic and rural economic center of the county. Originally Dighton was a part of Taunton's South Purchase, but it separated in 1672 and incorporated in 1712. It was named after Frances Dighton Williams, the wife of an elderly resident. Initially, it was a shipbuilding community, but today, many different kinds of trades prosper in the region.

Dighton and Nearby Attractions

  • Gov. Stephen Hopkins House
  • Beavertail Lighthouse Museum
  • Bridge Village Heritage Park
  • Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
  • Wachusett Mountain

Things To Do In Dighton

Some of the museums near Dighton are Beavertail Lighthouse Museum, Children's Museum in Easton, and the Fall River Historical Society. Popular historical sites include the Gov. Stephen Hopkins House, Roger Williams National Memorial, and the Slater Mill Historic Site. Several parks for outdoor recreation are also nearby including, Beavertail State Park, Bridge Village Heritage Park, and Demarest Lloyd Memorial State Park. Other attractions include Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, Buttonwood Park Zoo, and Fall River Carousel.

Dighton Transportation

General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport is a major airport nearby.

Dighton Higher Education

Andover Newton Theological School, Art Institute of Boston, and Bay State College are colleges close to Dighton.


Total Population 7,221
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 14.6%
Employed Population 16+ 3,560
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 57.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.1%
Median Earnings25+ $48,413
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,522
Median Earnings With High School Degree $41,074


Median Family Income $90,625
% Above Poverty Level 94.6%
% Below Poverty Level 5.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%


People Living Alone 17.3%
Median Gross Rent $966
Median House Value $311,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.1%
US/American 0.4%
English 14.8%
Irish 16.4%

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

Dighton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles S of Taunton, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 37 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Bristol
Standard Zip Codes 02715
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.813
Longitude -71.12

Dighton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.6 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
Distance 10.7 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 17.5 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Berkley 6,547 $94,688
Freetown 9,031 $96,053
Lakeville 11,098 $102,668
Rehoboth 11,835 $97,792
Somerset 18,271 $81,727
Swansea 16,142 $87,087

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

Dighton Public Libraries

Dighton Public Library
395 MAIN ST.
Dighton, Massachusetts
(508) 669-6421
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Dighton High Schools

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Serves 1,028 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

A Vocational School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 415 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

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