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Overview

Introduction to Holliston, Massachusetts

Holliston, Massachusetts, in Middlesex county, is 4 miles S of Framingham, Massachusetts and 21 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts.The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Boston metropolitan area.

Holliston History

Holliston was first inhabited in the year 1659 by Massachusetts Bay Puritans. The town of Holliston was incorporated on December 3, 1724. The town initially had a community of a few hundred residents. It was named Holliston in the honor of Thomas Hollis, of London, England, a benefactor of Harvard College. The town was once the largest producer of shoes in the United States. However, most of the shoe factories were destroyed by fire and other calamities. The largest company, though, Goodwill Shoe Company, still has a factory on Water Street in Holliston.

Holliston and nearby Attractions

  • Goodwill Park
  • Patoma Park
  • Pleasure Point
  • Stoddard Park
  • Pinecrest Golf Club
  • Broad Hill Vineyards

Things To Do In Holliston

The city boasts of four lovely parks, an 18-hole golf course and a lake. You can enjoy sports like tennis, basketball and soccer in the parks. Some of the parks also include a beach, picnic area, playground and boat launch. The lake is great for fishing and kayaking. The city also hosts several annual events like memorial day parade, the holiday stroll, summer concerts at the Town Hall and many craft fairs and autumn festivals.

Holliston Transportation

Air transportation in the city is available from Boston Logan International.

Holliston Higher Education

Framingham State College serves the city.

People

Total Population 14,197
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 14.1%
Employed Population 16+ 7,051
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 62%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 60%
Median Earnings25+ $61,173
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $36,806
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,514

Wealth

Median Family Income $125,513
% Above Poverty Level 96.1%
% Below Poverty Level 3.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 6.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 3.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 19.1%
Median Gross Rent $977
Median House Value $393,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.3%
US/American 0.6%
English 16.2%
Irish 28.9%

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

Holliston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles S of Framingham, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 01746
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.211
Longitude -71.425

Holliston 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 FRAMINGHAM
Distance 5 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
Station WEST MEDWAY
Distance 5.4 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 38 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Station WALPOLE 2
Distance 9.5 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ashland 17,159 $122,222
Framingham 70,443 $87,075
Hopkinton 2,656 $119,954
Medway 13,069 $137,644
Millis 8,051 $113,728
Sherborn 4,245 $165,903

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

Holliston Public Libraries

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Holliston Public Library
752 WASHINGTON ST.
Holliston, Massachusetts
(508) 429-0617
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Holliston High Schools

HOLLISTON HIGH
370 HOLLIS STREET
508-429-0677
Serves 854 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

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