Introduction to Harvard, Massachusetts

Harvard, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 16 miles SW of Lowell, Massachusetts (center to center) and 29 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts.

Harvard History

Harvard, which was settled in the 17th century by Europeans, was incorporated in 1732 and included parts of Groton, Stow and Lancaster. According to a tradition, the town was named in honor of John Harvard, the first patron of Harvard University. Until the mid 20th century, the economy of Harvard was agriculturally based. The town is located in Worcester County, which was founded on April 2, 1731.

Harvard and Nearby Attractions

  • Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge
  • Bare Hill Pond
  • Fruitlands Museum
  • Mohawk Trail
  • Minute Man National Historical Park

Things To Do In Harvard

There are several parks near Harvard including Quinsigamond State Park, Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Willard Brook State Forest, and Cochituate State Park. The Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, near the Nashua River, is near Harvard. The Harvard Town Beach offers a variety of recreational activities like swimming, boating, whitewater paddling, hiking, and golfing. The Fruitlands Museum displays historical artifacts. The Evangelical Congregational Church, Saint Theresa’s Church, New Patriots Church, and Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church are some of the local churches.

Harvard Transportation

Air transportation is available from Worcester Regional Airport.

Harvard Higher Education

Middlesex Community College, Fitchburg State College, and Brandeis University are some of the colleges near Harvard.


Total Population 6,567
Male Share of the Population 58.8%
Female Share of the Population 41.2%
Senior Citizens 14.3%
Employed Population 16+ 2,531
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 53.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 63.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $140,365
% Above Poverty Level 91.8%
% Below Poverty Level 8.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 35 minutes
% Working from Home 15.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 3.4%


People Living Alone 10.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,333
Median House Value $522,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.8%
US/American 0.4%
English 18%
Irish 18.8%

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

Harvard Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 16 miles SW of Lowell, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 29 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 01451
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.511
Longitude -71.594

Harvard Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 8.9 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 33 F
Apr Temp 37 to 55 F
Jul Temp 63 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 49.1 inches
Station LOWELL
Distance 15.1 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
Distance 16 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ayer 3,103 $70,123
Bolton 5,067 $155,063
Boxborough 5,137 $158,606
Lancaster 8,048 $99,207
Littleton 9,359 $130,450
Shirley 1,283 $93,456

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

Harvard Public Libraries

Harvard Public Library
Harvard, Massachusetts
(978) 456-4114
Library Web Site

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Harvard High Schools

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 620 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

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