Winthrop, Massachusetts

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Winthrop, Massachusetts

Introduction to Winthrop, Massachusetts

Winthrop, Massachusetts, in Suffolk county, is 4 miles E of Boston, Massachusetts. The people of the town are in the Boston metropolitan area. Winthrop has a population of 18,303.

Winthrop History

Originally, the town currently known as Winthrop was a part of an area called Winnesimmet, which was annexed by Boston in 1632. In 1635, the area was first settled in, and it was incorporated as a town in 1852. It was named after the youngest son of the first Governor of Massachusetts, Deane Winthrop. In fact, Deane’s home is one of the oldest buildings of Winthrop.

Winthrop and nearby Attractions

  • Deane Winthrop House
  • Belle Isle Marsh
  • Deer Island
  • Museum of Science

Things To Do In Winthrop

The town of Winthrop offers breathtaking ocean-side views. The town also includes several shopping areas, parks and restaurants. In addition, the town organizes 4th of July Fireworks and Summer Concert Series.

Winthrop Transportation

Winthrop is a few minute drive to Boston Logan International Airport.

Winthrop Higher Education

The nearest college is Bunker Hill Community College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Winthrop Public Transportation Use
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Winthrop Low Property Crime
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Winthrop Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Winthrop Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of Winthrop, Massachusetts

Comparing Winthrop 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 Women 10 9
Well-Paid Single Men 9 8
Age of the Population 9 7
Female Share of the Population 8 9
Senior Citizens 7 8
Racial Diversity 4 8
Male Share of the Population 3 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 3 2
Portion of People Married 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 8 6
People in Middle Class or Better 8 5
College Educated Adults 8 5
People Above Poverty 7 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 7 8
Working at Home 6 4
Short Commute Times 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 9
People Living Alone 8 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 5
Affordability of Rents 2 2
Housing Recently Built 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 10 8

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Winthrop Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 4 miles E of Boston, Massachusetts
County Suffolk
Standard Zip Codes 02152
Phone Area Codes 617
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.375
Longitude -70.983

Winthrop Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 1.8 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 37 F
Apr Temp 41 to 56 F
Jul Temp 66 to 82 F
Oct Temp 46 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42.5 inches
Distance 10.4 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 12.4 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
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Winthrop Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 18,303 100%
Male 8,608 47%
Female 9,695 53%
Under 18 3,413 18.6%
18+ 14,890 81.4%
65+ 3,024 16.5%
Median Age 39.9
Average Family Size 2.98
White 17,286 94.4%
African-American 308 1.7%
Asian 210 1.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 30 0.2%
Other 249 1.4%
Mixed Race 212 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 493 2.7%

Estimated Winthrop Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 17,069
Growth -1,234
Growth % -6.7%

Winthrop 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
Italian 29%
Irish 28.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.4%
English 7%
US/American 4.7%
German 3.3%
French Canadian 2.8%
French (except Basque) 1.8%
Polish 1.7%
Scotch-Irish 1.6%
Scottish 1.4%
Greek 1.3%
Brazilian 1.1%
Russian 0.9%
Portuguese 0.9%
Albanian 0.8%
Canadian 0.7%
Lebanese 0.6%
Swedish 0.5%
Dutch 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Eastern European 0.2%
European 0.2%
African 0.2%
British 0.2%
Norwegian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Winthrop 18,303 $65,696
Boston 589,141 $44,151
Chelsea 35,080 $32,130
Everett 38,037 $49,876
Nahant 3,632 $76,926
Revere 47,283 $45,865
Somerville 77,478 $51,243

Winthrop Public Libraries

Winthrop Public Library
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(617) 846-1703
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Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

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