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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 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 22,075
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 17.1%
Employed Population 16+ 10,397
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 68%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 72.1%
Median Earnings25+ $80,721
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $37,697
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,708

Wealth

Median Family Income $168,917
% Above Poverty Level 96.6%
% Below Poverty Level 3.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.6%
% Using Public Transportation 10.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 19.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,565
Median House Value $738,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.7%
US/American 1.9%
English 10.9%
Irish 24.8%

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

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 44,128 $128,930
Belmont 25,337 $141,086
Medford 57,136 $91,532
Melrose 27,681 $115,506
Stoneham 21,752 $106,528
Woburn 39,104 $97,015

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

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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