Whitman, Massachusetts

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Whitman, Massachusetts

Introduction to Whitman, Massachusetts

Whitman, Massachusetts, in Plymouth county, is 4 miles E of Brockton, Massachusetts (center to center) and 20 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Brockton metropolitan area. Whitman contains a population of approximately 13,882.

Whitman History

This town was initially settled by Europeans in 1670. It was the southern parish of Abington and was also known as Little Comfort, before it was renamed Whitman in 1886. The town was incorporated in 1875. It was widely renowned for its shoemaking industry in the past; in fact, it was home to around twenty shoe making factories at one point in time.

Whitman and nearby Attractions

  • Hobart's Meadows Area
  • Hardings Pond
  • Whitman Town Park
  • Peaceful Meadows Farm Stand

Things To Do In Whitman

Whitman is an ideal destination for lovers of nature. It offers vast stretches of well maintained parks where one can go for hiking, biking, horse riding, fishing and hunting. There are basketball courts and baseball fields for sports lovers. The Hardings Pond offers attractive views and is home to many forms of wildlife. It is also a popular fishing and skating area.

Whitman Transportation

The General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport provides air transport.

Whitman Higher Education

Residents can easily access higher education at Massasoit Community College.

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High Points

Whitman strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Massachusetts):

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Whitman Low Rate of Poverty
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Whitman Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Whitman, Massachusetts

Comparing Whitman to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Massachusetts (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Men 8 6
Well-Paid Single Women 8 6
Male Share of the Population 8 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 8
Age of the Population 4 1
Female Share of the Population 3 5
Senior Citizens 2 2
Racial Diversity 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 8 8
Portion of People Married 7 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 8
Median Family Income 8 5
People in Middle Class or Better 8 5
College Educated Adults 6 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 8
Working at Home 3 1
Walking and Biking to Work 3 4
Short Commute Times 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 8
People Living Alone 4 5
Affordability of Rents 3 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 4
Housing Recently Built 2 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1

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Whitman Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles E of Brockton, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 20 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Plymouth
Standard Zip Codes 02382
Phone Area Codes 781
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.08
Longitude -70.936

Whitman Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 3.9 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
Distance 10.6 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 81 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches
Distance 20.6 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
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Whitman Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 13,882 100%
Male 6,812 49.1%
Female 7,070 50.9%
Under 18 3,713 26.7%
18+ 10,169 73.3%
65+ 1,318 9.5%
Median Age 34.7
Average Family Size 3.3
White 13,487 97.2%
African-American 90 0.6%
Asian 59 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 22 0.2%
Other 66 0.5%
Mixed Race 156 1.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 122 0.9%

Estimated Whitman Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 14,439
Growth 557
Growth % 4%

Whitman Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 35.9%
Italian 14.4%
English 9.7%
German 4.2%
French Canadian 4.1%
US/American 4%
French (except Basque) 4%
Scottish 3.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.3%
Scotch-Irish 3.1%
Polish 3%
Swedish 2%
Portuguese 1.7%
Lithuanian 1.3%
Canadian 0.8%
Greek 0.7%
British 0.5%
European 0.5%
Finnish 0.4%
Lebanese 0.4%
Dutch 0.4%
Scandinavian 0.3%
Cape Verdean 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Norwegian 0.3%
Welsh 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Whitman 13,882 $63,706
Abington 14,605 $68,826
Brockton 94,304 $46,235
East Bridgewater 12,974 $67,307
Hanson 9,495 $68,560
Rockland 17,670 $60,088
West Bridgewater 6,634 $64,815

Whitman Public Libraries

Whitman Public Library
Whitman, Massachusetts
(781) 447-7613
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Serves 1,154 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

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