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Overview

Introduction to Braintree, Massachusetts

Braintree, Massachusetts, in Norfolk county, is 2 miles S of Quincy, Massachusetts and 9 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is considered part of the Boston metropolitan area.

Braintree History

The city of Braintree was first colonized by Captain Wollaston in 1625. It was initially named Mount Wollaston. Later on, it was renamed as Merry Mount under the rule of Thomas Morton. The area was incorporated in 1640 and was named after the English town of Braintree. The city of Braintree is the birthplace of several renowned people including President John Quincy Adams, General Sylvanus Thayer (known as the Father of West Point), statesman John Hancock and President John Adams. Braintree was converted to a mayor-council government in January, 2008.

Braintree and nearby Attractions

  • Pond Meadow Park
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Adams National Historical Park: Visitor Center
  • G. Murray Smith Beach
  • Sunset Lake

Things To Do In Braintree

The city of Braintree encompasses several shopping centers, a billiards hall, two indoor racetracks, and a number of restaurants. You can also enjoy the parks of the city with their nature trails and bicycle paths. The other recreational activities include picnicking, fishing, boating and camping.

Braintree Transportation

Boston Logan International Airport is very close to Braintree.

Braintree Higher Education

Quincy College serves the area.

People

Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population

Families

% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher
Median Earnings25+
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification
Median Earnings With High School Degree

Wealth

Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation

Housing

People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)
US/American
English
Irish

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

Braintree Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles S of Quincy, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 9 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Norfolk
Standard Zip Codes 02184
P.O. Box Zip Codes 02185
Phone Area Codes 781
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.222
Longitude -71.

Braintree 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 HINGHAM
Distance 4.3 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
Station BROCKTON
Distance 11.9 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches
Station WALPOLE 2
Distance 13.4 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Braintree Highlands (02184)

Braintree Phantom (02185)

East Braintree (02184)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Avon 4,453 $88,750
Holbrook 10,975 $79,710
Milton 27,303 $136,645
Quincy 93,177 $79,585
Randolph 33,409 $74,275

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

Braintree Public Libraries

Library
Thayer Public Library
798 WASHINGTON STREET
Braintree, Massachusetts
(781) 848-0405
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Braintree High Schools

BRAINTREE HIGH
128 TOWN STREET
781-848-4000
Serves 1,478 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

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