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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.

People

Total Population 41,956
Male Share of the Population 49.7%
Female Share of the Population 50.3%
Senior Citizens 14%
Employed Population 16+ 22,349
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 54.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31.9%
Median Earnings25+ $52,117
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $31,023
Median Earnings With High School Degree $42,315

Wealth

Median Family Income $106,812
% Above Poverty Level 94.6%
% Below Poverty Level 5.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation 3%

Housing

People Living Alone 20.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,258
Median House Value $347,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.1%
US/American 0.4%
English 11.8%
Irish 30.8%

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

Billerica Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles SE of Lowell, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 17 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 01821, 01862
P.O. Box Zip Codes 01822
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.558
Longitude -71.269

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)

Station BEDFORD
Distance 5.2 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches
Station READING
Distance 7.5 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 FRAMINGHAM
Distance 20.5 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

North Billerica (01862)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bedford 13,921 $139,205
Burlington 25,467 $109,726
Carlisle 5,074 $188,889
Chelmsford 34,757 $118,396
Tewksbury 30,115 $107,734
Wilmington 23,141 $110,696

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

Billerica Public Libraries

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

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BILLERICA MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
35 RIVER STREET
978-436-9300
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,630 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

SHAWSHEEN VALLEY VOC TECH
100 COOK STREET
978-667-2111
A Vocational School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,209 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10

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