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Overview

Introduction to Swansea, Massachusetts

Swansea, Massachusetts, in Bristol county, is 3 miles NW of Fall River, Massachusetts and 42 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is in the Providence - Fall River - Warwick area.

Swansea History

The town of Swansea was named after Swansea, Wales. The founder of the first Baptist Church of Wales, John Miles settled in this town during 1662. The first Baptist church of Massachusetts was relocated to Swansea in 1667. In the same year, the town of Swansea was incorporated. It was totally burned during King Philip's War, but was rebuilt soon after the end of the war in 1676. The town attracted national attention when a young, HIV positive hemophiliac named Mark Hoyle was allowed to attend public schools in 1985.

Swanseaand nearby Attractions

  • Canobie Lake Park
  • J.G. Luther Museum
  • Children's Museum
  • New England Aquarium

Things To Do In Swansea

The town of Swansea organizes entertaining adventure games. There are also several historical sites in the town. In addition, the town organizes basketball, softball, baseball and soccer leagues.

Swansea Transportation

Air transportation is available from Providence International Airport.

Swansea Higher Education

The nearest university is Roger Williams University.

People

Total Population 16,142
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 19.6%
Employed Population 16+ 8,626
Age of the Population 46

Families

% of people married 55%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $87,087
% Above Poverty Level 93.8%
% Below Poverty Level 6.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 1.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 19.6%
Median Gross Rent $875
Median House Value $272,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.5%
US/American 0%
English 15.2%
Irish 19.7%

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

Swansea Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles NW of Fall River, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 42 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Bristol
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02777
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.748
Longitude -71.19

Swansea 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 TAUNTON
Distance 12.3 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 37 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Station PROVIDENCE GREEN AP
Distance 12.7 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 39 to 58 F
Jul Temp 64 to 83 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches
Station ROCHESTER
Distance 14.3 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Berkley 6,547 $94,688
Dighton 7,221 $90,625
Fall River 88,727 $44,023
Freetown 9,031 $96,053
Rehoboth 11,835 $97,792
Somerset 18,271 $81,727

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

Swansea Public Libraries

Library
Swansea Free Public Library
69 MAIN ST.
Swansea, Massachusetts
(508) 674-9609

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Swansea High Schools

JOSEPH CASE HIGH
70 SCHOOL STREET
508-675-7483
Serves 649 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.7

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