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Overview

Introduction to Littleton, Massachusetts

Littleton, Massachusetts, in Middlesex county, is 11 miles SW of Lowell, Massachusetts (center to center) and 26 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town has a population of 8,184.

Littleton History

Littleton was originally spelled Lyttleton, after Lord Lyttleton who promised to provide a bell for the town. The change in spelling resulted from a mistake made by a newspaper, after Lord Lyttleton refused to donate the promised bell. This area was initially occupied by the Nipmuc tribe from 1643 until they were driven out during the King Phillip's War. The first white settlers arrived in 1686, and Littleton was officially incorporated in 1715.

Littleton and Nearby Attractions

  • American Textile History Museum
  • Brooks Estate
  • Cochituate State Park
  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • Nashoba Valley

Things To Do In Littleton

The American Textile History Museum displays a range of items from an 18th century Pennsylvania weaver's log cabin to a woolen mill from the 1870s. The Armenian Library and Museum of America, which has 20,000 books, 3,000 textiles and 5,000 coins, also has the biggest collection of Armenian artifacts in Massachusetts. Historical sites nearby include the Brooks Estate, the Dillaway-Thomas House and the Elizabeth Boit Houses. Several parks are also in the region, such as Cochituate State Park, Franklin Park and Great Brook Farm State Park. Other interesting places to visit are the Franklin Park Zoo, the Garden in the Woods, and the Tower Hill Botanical Garden.

Littleton Transportation

Logan International Airport is a major airport nearby.

Littleton Higher Education

The closest colleges to Littleton are the Andover Newton Theological School, Anna Maria College, and the Art Institute of Boston.

People

Total Population 9,157
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 13.9%
Employed Population 16+ 4,814
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 58.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 59.6%
Median Earnings25+ $66,617
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,469

Wealth

Median Family Income $129,815
% Above Poverty Level 96.1%
% Below Poverty Level 3.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 5.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 3.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 22.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,294
Median House Value $390,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.5%
US/American 0.8%
English 19.7%
Irish 30.9%

Littleton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles SW of Lowell, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 26 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 01460
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.537
Longitude -71.512

Littleton 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 LOWELL
Distance 10.8 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
Station BEDFORD
Distance 12.3 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
Station READING
Distance 19.4 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Harwood Station (01460)

Pingryville (01460)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Acton 22,614 $149,882
Ayer 2,930 $70,216
Boxborough 5,102 $171,290
Harvard 6,558 $150,859
Maynard 10,314 $110,203
Westford 22,854 $144,194

Littleton Public Libraries

Library
Reuben Hoar Library
41 SHATTUCK ST.
Littleton, Massachusetts
(978) 486-4046
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Littleton High Schools

LITTLETON HIGH SCHOOL
56 KING STREET
978-952-2555
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 355 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

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