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Overview

Introduction to Taunton, Massachusetts

Taunton, Massachusetts is 31 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts. The Taunton River flows through the city. It's located in Bristol county and is regarded as one of the oldest towns in the nation. Taunton is a primary regional location for commerce and transportation. The Myles Standish Industrial Park is one of the biggest in New England. The town is home to a Regional Forecast Office of the National Weather Service.

It features nine designated historic districts and more than one hundred buildings included in the National Register of Historic Places. Large homes built by prosperous industrialists in the late 19th century and early 20th century are still standing. The majority of homes in Taunton are simple wood framed homes with a vast number of them being more than 100 years old. Modern residential communities are primarily located on the periphery of Taunton.

Reed & Barton is a prominent manufacturer of silver products and is well known for its silverware. It's one of the oldest businesses in Taunton. The city is known as "Silver City" and "Christmas City." Semiconductor and electronics companies are significant factors for the economy.

Taunton History

The Wampanoags were the original inhabitants. The town was established by Elizabeth Pole in 1637. It was named in tribute to Taunton, Somerset England, the birth place of Elizabeth Pole and the former residence to the majority of the original settlers. Taunton is recognized as the first town in Colonial America to be established by a woman.

In the 19th century Taunton was also known as "Silver City," and featured numerous silversmith facilities. During the 19th century the town was a prominent center for iron making. At this time Taunton was also a primary shipping location for transporting grain from the region's farms to the rest of the country by way of Weir Village and the Taunton River.

Taunton Attractions

  • Silver City Galleria Mall is a prominent shopping location for the region.
  • Taunton Green is the town's central square and features war memorial statues and numerous events and parades.
  • St. Mary's Church.
  • Bristol County Superior Courthouse is an impressive structure.
  • The Joseph Willis House is recognized as the oldest home in the city.
  • Pilgrim Congregational Church.
  • The downtown area features historic locations.
  • Old Colony Historical Society.
  • A large number of pre-revolutionary war era houses are located in Taunton.
  • The Central Fire Station is regarded as one of the oldest functioning station houses in the nation.
  • The Christmas celebration is a popular regional event which features the lighting of Taunton Green.

Taunton Activities

Massasoit State Park is popular for a wide variety of outdoor activities. Gertrude Boyden Wildlife Sanctuary is a wooded area which features hiking trails, attractive wooden bridges, a botanical garden and is popular with bird watching enthusiasts. Hopewell Park features woodlands and includes walking paths and sports facilities. Hockomock Swamp Wildlife Management Area is popular with nature enthusiasts. Watson Pond State, Hartshorn, Memorial and Weir Village Riverfront parks are notable destinations. Residents enjoy visiting nearby Boston, Plymouth, Providence and Cape Cod. The close by Narragansett Bay Watershed is utilized for kayaking, canoeing and swimming.

Taunton Transportation

Logan International Airport is based in nearby Boston. The Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority provides bus transportation.

People

Total Population 56,056
Male Share of the Population 47.8%
Female Share of the Population 52.2%
Senior Citizens 14.3%
Employed Population 16+ 27,042
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 43.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.5%
Median Earnings25+ $38,861
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,575
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,684

Wealth

Median Family Income $66,988
% Above Poverty Level 86.9%
% Below Poverty Level 13.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 28.7%
Median Gross Rent $912
Median House Value $239,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.8%
US/American 0%
English 10.2%
Irish 22.3%

Taunton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 31 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Bristol
Standard Zip Codes 02718, 02780
Company Zip Codes 02783
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.911
Longitude -71.09

Taunton 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 1.4 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 BROCKTON
Distance 10.7 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches
Station ROCHESTER
Distance 12.6 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Taunton, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

East Taunton (02718)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Berkley 6,492 $92,885
Dighton 7,173 $95,492
Easton 23,548 $116,131
Lakeville 10,933 $95,411
Norton 19,280 $104,176
Raynham 13,517 $96,596

Taunton Public Libraries

Library
Taunton Public Library
12 PLEASANT STREET
Taunton, Massachusetts
(508) 821-1411
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Taunton Hospitals

MORTON HOSPITAL & MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
88 WASHINGTON STREET
(508) 828-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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508-821-1101
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Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

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Student/teacher ratio: 11.9

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