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Overview

Introduction to Freetown, Massachusetts

Freetown, Massachusetts, in Bristol county, is 7 miles NE of Fall River, Massachusetts and 39 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts. The town has a population of 8,472.

Freetown History

One of the oldest communities in the United States, Freetown was first settled in 1659. Assonet and Fall River were purchased from the Wampanoag Indians in an exchange known as Ye Freemen's Purchase. The city of Fall River and a portion of Acushnet were once included in this area. Freetown was officially incorporated in 1683. In the second half of the 17th century, this area was inhabited by Pilgrims and their descendants.

Freetown and nearby Attractions

  • Town Beach
  • Freetown State Forest
  • Freetown Historical Society Museum
  • Buttonwood Park Zoo
  • Fall River Carousel

Things To Do In Freetown

The Freetown Historical Society Museum displays historic remnants relating to the history of the town. Children may enjoy a trip to the Buttonwood Park Zoo. Freetown has two public beaches, Porter Pastures and Town Beach. Freetown also has a number of parks, including Central Park, Bandstand Park, Hathaway Park and Memorial Park. Freetown State Forest offers trails for horseback riding and hiking. The state forest has a famous rock known as Profile Rock, which resembles Massasoit, leader of the Wampanoags.

Freetown Transportation

Boston Logan International is the nearest major airport.

Freetown Higher Education

The University of Massachusetts, Bristol Community College and Bridgewater State College are all accessible from Freetown.

People

Total Population 8,957
Male Share of the Population 49.9%
Female Share of the Population 50.1%
Senior Citizens 12.9%
Employed Population 16+ 4,907
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 56.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.3%
Median Earnings25+ $42,814
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $31,594
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,291

Wealth

Median Family Income $94,646
% Above Poverty Level 95.2%
% Below Poverty Level 4.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 15.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,121
Median House Value $314,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.3%
US/American 0.2%
English 17.1%
Irish 18.1%

Freetown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles NE of Fall River, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 39 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Bristol
Standard Zip Codes 02702
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.79
Longitude -71.06

Freetown 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 ROCHESTER
Distance 7.4 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 NEW BEDFORD
Distance 12.7 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
Station BROCKTON
Distance 18.2 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Assonet (02702)

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

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Location Population Median Family Income
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Dighton 7,173 $95,492
Lakeville 10,933 $95,411
Middleborough 23,541 $87,455
Somerset 18,262 $85,280
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