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Overview

Introduction to Norwood, Massachusetts

Norwood, Massachusetts, in Norfolk county, is 9 miles S of Newton, Massachusetts and 13 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is part of the Boston metropolitan statistical area.

Norwood History

Indians used Norwood as hunting ground before modern settlers came in, lead by Ezra Morse, in 1878. Morse built a saw mill in the area that is now South Norwood. Norton continued to be a part of Dedham until it was incorporated as a town in 1872.

Norwood and nearby Attractions

  • Norwood Townhall
  • Morrill Memorial Library
  • Ellis Pond
  • Eliot Park
  • Norwood Historical Society
  • Museum of Fine Arts

Things To Do In Norwood

The town has an active recreation department that regularly organizes various kinds of activities. The recreation center has facilities for basketball, aerobics, floor hockey, gymnastics, dance instructions and other special programs. The town also has public swimming pools. There are many parks which are ideal for recreation in Norwood, along with many shopping areas.

Norwood Transportation

Boston Logan International is the closest major airport.

Norwood Higher Education

Educational facilities are offered at Babson College.

People

Total Population 28,962
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 16.8%
Employed Population 16+ 15,424
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 49.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 43.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $104,301
% Above Poverty Level 91.8%
% Below Poverty Level 8.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation 9.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 32%
Median Gross Rent $1,277
Median House Value $383,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.7%
US/American 0.5%
English 8.3%
Irish 34.7%

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

Norwood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles S of Newton, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 13 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Norfolk
Standard Zip Codes 02062
Phone Area Codes 781
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.194
Longitude -71.2

Norwood 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 WALPOLE 2
Distance 3.2 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 FRAMINGHAM
Distance 12.7 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 12.7 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Canton 22,276 $122,002
Dedham 25,224 $109,304
Medfield 6,322 $131,759
Sharon 5,932 $140,313
Walpole 5,881 $107,136
Westwood 15,094 $157,556

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

Norwood Public Libraries

Library
Morrill Memorial Library
33 WALPOLE ST.
Norwood, Massachusetts
(781) 769-0200

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Norwood Hospitals

CARITAS NORWOOD HOSPITAL, INC
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
800 WASHINGTON STREET
(781) 769-2950
Emergency Service: Yes

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Norwood High Schools

NORWOOD HIGH
245 NICHOLS STREET
781-769-2333
Serves 1,102 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

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