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.

Braintree Almanac

Nearest Medium City 2 miles S of Quincy, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City9 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Norfolk County
Standard Zip Codes2184
P.O. Box Zip Codes2185
Phone Area Codes339,617,781
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Braintree Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance4.3 miles
Jan Temp20 to 37 F
Apr Temp38 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 81 F
Oct Temp42 to 62 F
Annual Precip49.8 inches
Distance11.9 miles
Jan Temp18 to 38 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp61 to 83 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip48.2 inches
StationWALPOLE 2
Distance13.4 miles
Jan Temp18 to 36 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip46.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Braintree Public Libraries

Thayer Public Library
Braintree, Massachusetts
(781) 848-0405

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Braintree Public Schools

Mary E Flaherty School
99 Lakeside Dr
(781) 380-0180
Total Enrollment 387
South Middle School
232 Peach St
(781) 380-0160
Total Enrollment 615
Archie T Morrison
260 Liberty St
(781) 380-0230
Total Enrollment 421
Braintree High
128 Town St
(781) 848-4000
Total Enrollment 1652
Donald Ross
20 Hayward St
(781) 380-0240
Total Enrollment 312
East Middle School
305 River St
(781) 380-0170
Total Enrollment 705
144 Wildwood Ave
(781) 380-0190
Total Enrollment 427
49 Proctor Rd
(781) 380-0210
Total Enrollment 463
482 Washington St
(781) 380-0120
Total Enrollment 496

Braintree Private Schools

St Francis Of Assisi School
850 Washington St
Total Enrollment 296
Meeting House Montessori School
25 Brow Ave
Total Enrollment 102
The Goddard School
335 West St
Total Enrollment 19
South Shore Sda School
250 Washington St
Total Enrollment 19
Merry-deb Nursery School
237 Adams St
Total Enrollment 16
Step Ahead Kindergarten
Stedman St
Total Enrollment 13
Archbishop Williams High School
80 Independence Ave
Total Enrollment 535
Thayer Academy
745 Washington St
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 692
Braintree St Coletta Day School
85 Washington St
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 23
Kindercare Learning Center
467 Granite St
Total Enrollment 19
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