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Overview

Introduction to Billerica, Massachusetts

Billerica, Massachusetts is 6 miles SE of Lowell, Massachusetts and 17 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts. It is in Middlesex County. The town is part of the Lowell metro area.

Billerica History

The city of Billerica originated from a Native American village of the early 1630s. At that time it was known as Shawsheen. There is a Native American burial site in the city that dates back to 1000 B.C. In 1638, Lt. Governor Thomas Dudley and Massachusetts Bay Governor John Winthrop were granted the land of present day Billerica and for the first time the city was settled by whites. They named the land Shawsheen Plantation. During the 1650s, families from Cambridge and Charlestown Village settled in this area. In 1655, the town of Billerica was incorporated.

Billerica and nearby Attractions

  • Manning Manse
  • Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
  • Billerica State Forest
  • Riverside Park
  • Whistler House Museum of Art

Things To Do In Billerica

If you are fond of wildlife and hiking, you will simply love the wildlife refuge and the forest of Billerica. There are several historical sites and museums, parks, playgrounds, and shopping centers. The city also offers good transportation and within a short drive you can reach the sea coast, mountains and other attractions of Boston. Every September, the city celebrates the "Yankee Doodle Weekend."

Billerica Transportation

The closest major airport is Boston Logan International.

Billerica Higher Education

The University of Massachusetts - Lowell serves the area.

Demographics

People

Total Population42,228
Male Share of the Population50.1%
Female Share of the Population49.9%
Senior Citizens13.9%
Employed Population 16+22,808
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married53.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher33.1%
Median Earnings25+$52,312
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$30,858
Median Earnings With High School Degree$41,446

Wealth

Median Family Income$108,006
% Above Poverty Level95.8%
% Below Poverty Level4.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.7%
% Using Public Transportation3.3%

Housing

People Living Alone17.9%
Median Gross Rent$1,288
Median House Value$358,500

Ancestry

Irish30.3%
Italian23.7%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)16%
English11%
French Except Basque6.6%
Canadian5.3%
German4.8%
Portuguese4.2%
Scottish3.8%
Polish2.9%
Swedish2.1%
Russian1.1%
Arab1.1%
Greek0.8%
Norwegian0.6%
African0.6%
West Indian0.6%
US/American0.5%
Lithuanian0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Brazilian0.4%
Haitian0.4%
Lebanese0.4%
Dutch0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Bulgarian0.3%
Croatian0.3%
Cape Verdean0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Jordanian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Czech0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Billerica Almanac

CategoryValue
County Middlesex County
Standard Zip Codes1821
P.O. Box Zip Codes1822
Phone Area Codes508,978, 351
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.55
Approximate Longitude-71.26

Billerica Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBEDFORD
Distance5.2 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
StationREADING
Distance7.5 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
StationFRAMINGHAM
Distance20.5 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bedford14,088$146,146
Burlington25,698$110,517
Carlisle5,125$195,563
Chelmsford34,906$124,519
Tewksbury30,378$109,560
Wilmington23,310$118,375

Billerica Public Libraries

Billerica Public Library
15 CONCORD RD.
Billerica, Massachusetts
(978) 671-0948

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Billerica Public Schools

Shawsheen Valley Vocational Technical High School
100 Cook Street
ZIP: 1821
(978) 667-2111
High
Total Enrollment 1368
Billerica Memorial High School
35 River Street
ZIP: 1821
(978) 528-8712
High
Total Enrollment 1436
Thomas Ditson
39 Cook Street
ZIP: 1821
(978) 528-8510
Primary
Total Enrollment 576
John F Kennedy
20 Kimbrough Road
ZIP: 1821
(978) 528-8570
Primary
Total Enrollment 344
Eugene C Vining
121 Lexington Road
ZIP: 1821
(978) 528-8630
Primary
Total Enrollment 201
Locke Middle
110 Allen Road
ZIP: 1821
(978) 528-8650
Middle
Total Enrollment 633
Parker
52 River Street
ZIP: 1821
(978) 528-8610
Primary
Total Enrollment 456
Marshall Middle School
15 Floyd Street
ZIP: 1821
(978) 528-8671
Middle
Total Enrollment 691
Hajjar Elementary
59 Rogers Street
ZIP: 1862
(978) 528-8550
Primary
Total Enrollment 515
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