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. The population of Walpole is 22,824.

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.


Total Population 5,910
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 21%
Employed Population 16+ 2,971
Age of the Population 47


% of people married 53.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 44.3%
Median Earnings25+ $51,269
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,979
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,323


Median Family Income $99,024
% Above Poverty Level 97.3%
% Below Poverty Level 2.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 8.7%


People Living Alone 31.9%
Median Gross Rent $411
Median House Value $362,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.3%
US/American 0.2%
English 11.6%
Irish 48.5%

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


  • 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
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
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 5,013 $78,599
Medfield 5,964 $131,471
Norfolk 11,529 $154,375
Norwood 28,844 $100,901
Sharon 6,010 $132,174
Westwood 14,809 $151,990

Walpole Public Libraries

Walpole Public Library
Walpole, Massachusetts
(508) 660-7340

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

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Serves 421 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.2

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