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. There are 15,901 residents in Swansea.

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.


Total Population 16,005
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 18.2%
Employed Population 16+ 8,983
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 56.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.2%
Median Earnings25+ $42,813
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,450
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,306


Median Family Income $89,625
% Above Poverty Level 94.8%
% Below Poverty Level 5.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%


People Living Alone 20.2%
Median Gross Rent $877
Median House Value $278,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.3%
US/American 0%
English 14.9%
Irish 17.7%

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


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

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
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
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 6,492 $92,885
Dighton 7,173 $95,492
Fall River 88,756 $42,320
Freetown 8,957 $94,646
Rehoboth 11,742 $94,219
Somerset 18,262 $85,280

Swansea Public Libraries

Swansea Free Public Library
Swansea, Massachusetts
(508) 674-9609

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Student/teacher ratio: 11.7

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