Millis, Massachusetts

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Millis, Massachusetts

Introduction to Millis, Massachusetts

Millis, Massachusetts, in Norfolk county, is 8 miles S of Framingham, Massachusetts (center to center) and 20 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town has a population of approximately 7,902.

Millis History

The first settlers arrived in present day Millis in 1657. The town was officially incorporated in 1885 due to the efforts of Lansing Millis. Originally, Millis was part of Dedhlam. The land of Millis was granted to Medfield in 1651, and another new town called Medway was formed. The founder of this new town, Lansing Millis, incorporated Millis into the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on February 24th 1885. Mr. Millis was successful in making the small town prominent in the state, and he was also responsible for bringing the railroad which stimulated economic development.

Millis and Nearby Attractions

  • Capron Park Zoo
  • Ashland State Park
  • Armenian Library and Museum of America
  • Adams National Historic Site
  • Nashoba Valley

Things To Do In Millis

Millis has several museums nearby including the Armenian Library and Museum of America, the Art Institute of Boston Gallery, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, and the Blue Hills Trailside Museum. Places of historical significance near Millis include Adams National Historical Site, Blanchard's Tavern, and Boston National Historical Park. Another popular sites near Millis is Richardson’s Tavern which was built around 1720. George Washington had lunch in this tavern on his way to Cambridge. Ames Nowell State Park, Ashland State Park, and Carson Beach are several parks nearby.

Millis Transportation

General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport is a major airport nearby.

Millis Higher Education

Andover Newton Theological School, Anna Maria College, and Art Institute of Boston are colleges close to Millis.

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High Points

Millis strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Massachusetts):

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Millis Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Millis People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Millis Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Millis Well-Paid Single Men
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Millis Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Millis College Educated Adults
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Millis Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Millis, Massachusetts

Comparing Millis to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Massachusetts (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 9 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 10
Well-Paid Single Men 9 8
Male Share of the Population 6 5
Age of the Population 6 3
Female Share of the Population 5 6
Senior Citizens 2 2
Racial Diversity 2 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 6
Average Household Size 7 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 9
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
Median Family Income 9 7
College Educated Adults 9 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 8
Working at Home 8 6
Walking and Biking to Work 4 5
Short Commute Times 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 6 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 6
People Living Alone 4 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 1
Affordability of Rents 2 2

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Millis Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles S of Framingham, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 20 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Norfolk
Standard Zip Codes 02054
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.167
Longitude -71.358

Millis Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 4.5 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 5.6 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
Distance 22.2 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
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Millis Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 7,902 100%
Male 3,824 48.4%
Female 4,078 51.6%
Under 18 2,128 26.9%
18+ 5,774 73.1%
65+ 743 9.4%
Median Age 37.2
Average Family Size 3.12
White 7,660 96.9%
African-American 56 0.7%
Asian 90 1.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 11 0.1%
Other 19 0.2%
Mixed Race 66 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 74 0.9%

Estimated Millis Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 7,964
Growth 62
Growth % 0.8%

Millis Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 29.5%
Italian 18%
English 8.3%
German 6%
US/American 5.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.7%
French (except Basque) 3.5%
French Canadian 3.3%
Scottish 2.8%
Scotch-Irish 2.7%
Polish 2.6%
Canadian 1.5%
Portuguese 1.3%
Ukrainian 1.2%
Russian 1.1%
Swedish 0.9%
Greek 0.9%
Haitian 0.8%
Brazilian 0.8%
European 0.6%
Latvian 0.5%
Norwegian 0.5%
Northern European 0.5%
Slovak 0.5%
Danish 0.4%
British 0.4%
Lebanese 0.4%
Hungarian 0.3%
Armenian 0.3%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Millis 7,902 $72,171
Franklin 29,560 $81,826
Holliston 13,801 $84,878
Medfield 12,273 $108,926
Medway 12,448 $85,627
Norfolk 10,460 $92,001
Sherborn 4,200 $136,211

Millis Public Libraries

Millis Public Library
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Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

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