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Overview

Introduction to Winchester, Massachusetts

Winchester, Massachusetts, in Middlesex county, is 2 miles NW of Medford, Massachusetts and 7 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Boston metropolitan area. Winchester contains a population of approximately 20,810.

Winchester History

This area was originally settled in 1640. Initially it was known as Waterfield because of the presence of several ponds in the area. It was incorporated as a town and named Winchester in April of 1850. The name was chosen to honor Colonel William P. Winchester who donated a significant sum of money for the construction of Winchester’s town hall.

Winchester and nearby Attractions

  • Mystic Lakes
  • Winchester Trails
  • Middlesex Fells Reservation
  • Winchester Country Club

Things To Do In Winchester

The town has several playing fields which have softball, tennis, baseball, soccer and basketball facilities. Children also have special playing areas. Moreover there are lakes where one can go fishing, swimming, picnicking and ice skating. The Winchester trails are excellent for hiking, horse riding, cycling, cross-country skiing and jogging.

Winchester Transportation

Boston Logan International Airport is a short drive away.

Winchester Higher Education

Tufts University is nearby.

People

Total Population 21,863
Male Share of the Population 48%
Female Share of the Population 52%
Senior Citizens 16.7%
Employed Population 16+ 10,346
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 67.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 70.2%
Median Earnings25+ $77,752
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,786
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,696

Wealth

Median Family Income $167,031
% Above Poverty Level 97%
% Below Poverty Level 3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 7.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 10.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 18.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,566
Median House Value $699,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.3%
US/American 1.8%
English 11%
Irish 27.4%

Winchester Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles NW of Medford, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 7 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 01890
Phone Area Codes 781
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.452
Longitude -71.137

Winchester 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 READING
Distance 4.5 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Station MIDDLETON
Distance 11.9 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 45.3 inches
Station LOWELL
Distance 18 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 33 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 85 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 43.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arlington 43,728 $124,334
Belmont 25,173 $129,911
Medford 56,981 $90,360
Melrose 27,509 $113,560
Stoneham 21,611 $101,588
Woburn 38,826 $97,107

Winchester Public Libraries

Library
Winchester Public Library
80 WASHINGTON ST.
Winchester, Massachusetts
(781) 721-7171
Library Web Site

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Winchester Hospitals

WINCHESTER HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
41 HIGHLAND AVENUE
(781) 729-9000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Winchester High Schools

WINCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL
80 SKILLINGS ROAD
781-721-7020
Serves 937 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

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