Introduction to Acton, Massachusetts

Acton, Massachusetts, in Middlesex county, is 11 miles SW of Lowell, Massachusetts and 21 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is located in the Boston metropolitan area.

Acton History

The area that is today known as Acton was initially inhabited by Native Americans, who used the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers for transportation and the nearby fields for growing seasonal crops. There is evidence of the Native American settlements found in Acton tht date back more than 7000 years. It is believed that when the colonists arrived in this region, the population of the Native Americans dropped significantly. This was mainly due to European diseases against which the Native Americans had no immunity. The town of Acton was incorporated in the year 1735.

Acton and nearby Attractions

  • Acton Arboretum
  • Great Hill
  • Grassy Pond and Nagog Hill
  • Wills Hole Conservation Area and Town Forest
  • North Acton Recreation Area
  • Jenks Land

Things To Do In Acton

Acton is a lovely town, full of lush green parks and open spaces. The parks are great places to hang out during your leisure time. The townspeople also organize events for kids as well as adults regularly. The Discovery Museum is also located in this town. Acton also has many good restaurants and cafes that serve many popular meals.

Acton Transportation

Boston Logan International is the nearest major airport that serves the city.

Acton Higher Education

The city is served by Middlesex Community College.



Total Population22,925
Male Share of the Population50.3%
Female Share of the Population49.7%
Senior Citizens12.1%
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population43


% of people married63.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher76.1%
Median Earnings25+$0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0


Median Family Income$152,558
% Above Poverty Level96.9%
% Below Poverty Level3.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time36 minutes
% Working from Home6.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.8%
% Using Public Transportation5.7%


People Living Alone24.7%
Median Gross Rent$1,228
Median House Value$509,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)27.9%

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

Acton Almanac

Nearest Medium City 11 miles SW of Lowell, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City21 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Middlesex County
Standard Zip Codes1720, 1719, 1718
Phone Area Codes781,508,978
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Acton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance7.7 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip46.9 inches
Distance14 miles
Jan Temp16 to 36 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip45.8 inches
Distance15.5 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp35 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip48.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Acton, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

W Acton (1720)

West Acton (1720)

Vlg Of Nagog Woods (1718)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

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

Acton Public Libraries

Acton Memorial Library
486 MAIN ST. ACTON, MA 01720 (42.486105, -71.432915)
Acton, Massachusetts
(978) 929-6655
W. Acton Citizens' Library
21 WINDSOR AVE. ACTON, MA 01720 (42.47531, -71.473582)
Acton, Massachusetts
(978) 929-6654

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Acton Public Schools

75 Spruce St
(978) 266-2570
Total Enrollment 484
11 Charter Rd
(978) 264-4700
Total Enrollment 476
11 Charter Rd
(978) 264-4700
Total Enrollment 590
Luther Conant
80 Taylor Rd
(978) 266-2550
Total Enrollment 481
21 Elm St
(978) 266-2560
Total Enrollment 483
Acton-boxborough Regional High
36 Charter Rd
(978) 264-4700
Total Enrollment 1955
Raymond J Grey Junior High
16 Charter Rd
(978) 264-4700
Total Enrollment 955

Acton Private Schools

The Victor School
380 Massachusetts Ave
Total Enrollment 55
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