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Overview

Introduction to Leominster, Massachusetts

Leominster, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 18 miles N of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center) and 37 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. It's situated along the Nashua River. Leominster and Fitchburg are known as the twin cities. The municipality includes several small villages. A granite marker indicates the birth place of the well known Johnny Appleseed. It's located on Johnny Appleseed Lane.

It was named in tribute to Leominster, Herefordshire England. The plastics industry is a significant factor for the economy. Even though it does include manufacturing, the city is primarily a residential community.

Leominster History

The town was settled in 1653 and in 1915 it was incorporated as a city. Beginning in the early 20th century, the plastics industry was flourishing and Leominster was called "The Pioneer Plastics City." It had a major role in the development of the plastics industry in the United States.

In 1919, Sam Foster began the Foster Manufacturing company which later became the Foster Grant Company. It was one of the prominent plastic manufacturers in the nation. Around 1928 the well known Foster Grant sunglasses were created. In 1925 the prominent Viscoloid company merged with Dupont and became The Dupont Viscoloid Company. Union Products created the well known pink flamingo lawn ornament.

Leominster Attractions

  • The National Plastics Center & Museum
  • Kendall Hall is a major landmark
  • Johnny Appleseed Visitors Center
  • Doyle Field
  • Leominster Historical Society
  • Sholan Farms is an apple orchard and offers a look at the region's agricultural history. It hosts a variety of festivals and is a popular tourist destination
  • City Hall is a prominent landmark

Leominster Activities

Leominster State Forest is popular for hiking and mountain biking and features a variety of wildlife. The Midstate Trail is a scenic rural path which traverses through Worcester county and includes numerous interesting historic, geologic and natural features. Doyle Reservation is a large forest park.

Leominster Higher Education

The city is home to the Mount Wachusett Community College - Leominster Campus.

People

Total Population 41,176
Male Share of the Population 47.5%
Female Share of the Population 52.5%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 20,612
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 46.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27%
Median Earnings25+ $37,650
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,405
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,244

Wealth

Median Family Income $74,560
% Above Poverty Level 86.9%
% Below Poverty Level 13.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.4%
Median Gross Rent $886
Median House Value $227,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.2%
US/American 0.3%
English 8%
Irish 16.2%

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

Leominster Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles N of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 37 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 01453
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.525
Longitude -71.76

Leominster 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 CLINTON
Distance 9.5 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 BARRE FALLS DAM
Distance 15.3 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 32 F
Apr Temp 32 to 55 F
Jul Temp 55 to 80 F
Oct Temp 34 to 59 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches
Station BIRCH HILL DAM
Distance 19.6 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 32 F
Apr Temp 30 to 56 F
Jul Temp 55 to 81 F
Oct Temp 32 to 60 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fitchburg 40,462 $56,792
Lancaster 8,048 $99,207
Lunenburg 1,798 $84,671
Princeton 3,456 $127,043
Shirley 1,283 $93,456
Sterling 7,896 $117,975

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

Leominster Public Libraries

Library
Leominster Public Library
30 WEST ST.
Leominster, Massachusetts
(978) 534-7522
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Leominster High Schools

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LEOMINSTER SENIOR HIGH
122 GRANITE STREET
978-534-7715
Serves 1,230 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

LEOMINSTER CTR TECH EDUC
122 GRANITE STREET
978-534-7735
A Vocational School
Serves 633 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.2

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