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Overview

Introduction to Walpole, Massachusetts

Walpole, Massachusetts is 12 miles W of Brockton, Massachusetts and 17 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. It is in Norfolk County. The town is part of the Boston metro area.

Walpole History

Walpole was originally resided by the Neponset Native American tribes. This area was a part of the town of Dedham. In 1724, Walpole was separated from Dedham and was incorporated as a town. It was named after Sir Robert Walpole, the first prime minister of Great Britain. The town began to develop after the American Revolutionary War. During the 1860s, the Norfolk County railroad connected the town to Boston and New York City. A number of churches were also established in Walpole during this time.

Walpole and nearby Attractions

  • Francis William Bird Park
  • Neponset River
  • Blue Hills Trailside Museum
  • F. Holland Day Historic House Museum

Things To Do In Walpole

There are several parks and playgrounds in Walpole. You can also enjoy the scenic views of the traversing streams across old granite bridges at Francis William Bird Park. In addition, the park offers four tennis courts, an outdoor stage and a basketball court. The town also includes shopping areas, theaters and restaurants.

Walpole Transportation

The nearest major airport is Boston Logan International Airport.

Walpole Higher Education

Babson College is nearby.

People

Total Population 5,881
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 20.7%
Employed Population 16+ 3,092
Age of the Population 47

Families

% of people married 54.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 42.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $107,136
% Above Poverty Level 98.9%
% Below Poverty Level 1.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation 8.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,032
Median House Value $377,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.2%
US/American 0.1%
English 9.7%
Irish 50.3%

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

Walpole Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles W of Brockton, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 17 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Norfolk
Standard Zip Codes 02032, 02071, 02081
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.141
Longitude -71.25

Walpole 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 1.7 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 WEST MEDWAY
Distance 9.4 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 BROCKTON
Distance 14.3 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

East Walpole (02032)

South Walpole (02071)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Foxborough 5,326 $75,282
Medfield 6,322 $131,759
Norfolk 11,660 $150,096
Norwood 28,962 $104,301
Sharon 5,932 $140,313
Westwood 15,094 $157,556

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

Walpole Public Libraries

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Walpole Public Library
65 COMMON ST.
Walpole, Massachusetts
(508) 660-7340

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Walpole High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

WALPOLE HIGH
275 COMMON STREET
508-660-7257
Serves 1,000 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

NORFOLK COUNTY AGR
400 MAIN STREET
508-668-0268
A Vocational School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 421 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.2

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