Introduction to Wareham, Massachusetts

Wareham, Massachusetts is 13 miles S of Plymouth, Massachusetts and 44 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts. It is in Plymouth County. The town is part of the Boston metro area. The population of Wareham is 20,335.

Wareham History

In 1678, Wareham was settled for the first time. At that time it was a part of the towns of Rochester and Plymouth. The town of Wareham was incorporated in 1739. It was named after the town of Wareham, England. The early industry included shipbuilding and the related businesses.

Wareham and nearby Attractions

  • Lopes Park
  • Town Greens
  • Myles Standish State Forest
  • Porter Thermometer Museum
  • Captain John Boats Whale Watching
  • Sparrow House

Things To Do In Wareham

Wareham provides golf courses, tennis courts and boating facilities for both its residents and visitors. You can also enjoy whale watching, kayaking and fishing at the town pier. In addition, you can go for a day trip in the beautiful white sandy beaches. Each October, the town of Wareham organizes the Cranberry Harvest Celebration.

Wareham Transportation

Air transportation is available from Martha's Vineyard Airport.

Wareham Higher Education

The nearest university is University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth.


Total Population 22,247
Male Share of the Population 48%
Female Share of the Population 52%
Senior Citizens 17.8%
Employed Population 16+ 10,996
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 45.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.3%
Median Earnings25+ $43,080
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $47,723
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,750


Median Family Income $75,162
% Above Poverty Level 90.2%
% Below Poverty Level 9.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 31.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,047
Median House Value $254,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.6%
US/American 0.1%
English 16.8%
Irish 29.8%

Wareham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 13 miles S of Plymouth, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 44 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Plymouth
Standard Zip Codes 02571
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.762
Longitude -70.722

Wareham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.9 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 54 F
Jul Temp 64 to 80 F
Oct Temp 43 to 61 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Distance 10.1 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
Distance 15.3 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 82 F
Oct Temp 44 to 63 F
Annual Precip 51 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Acushnet 10,329 $85,833
Bourne 1,148 $63,854
Carver 11,541 $87,569
Marion 4,935 $82,399
Mattapoisett 6,138 $84,063
Rochester 5,348 $105,731

Wareham Public Libraries

Wareham Free Library
Wareham, Massachusetts
(508) 295-2343

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