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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population 8,051
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 12.3%
Employed Population 16+ 4,075
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 62.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 48.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $113,728
% Above Poverty Level 93.2%
% Below Poverty Level 6.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 24.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,248
Median House Value $373,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.5%
US/American 0.9%
English 9.3%
Irish 32.4%

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

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

Notes:

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

Station WEST MEDWAY
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
Station BEDFORD
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Holliston 14,197 $125,513
Medfield 6,322 $131,759
Medway 13,069 $137,644
Norfolk 11,660 $150,096
Sherborn 4,245 $165,903

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

Millis Public Libraries

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Millis Public Library
25 AUBURN ROAD
Millis, Massachusetts
(508) 376-8282

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Millis High Schools

MILLIS HIGH SCHOOL
245 PLAIN STREET
508-376-7010
Serves 285 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

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