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Overview

Introduction to Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Bridgewater, Massachusetts, in Plymouth county, is 7 miles S of Brockton, Massachusetts and 25 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is included in the Brockton metropolitan area.

Bridgewater History

Bridgewater was first settled in 1650 as a part of Duxbury and was one of the first interior towns of Massachusetts. The town of Bridgewater was incorporated in 1656. Originally the town included large parts of the towns of West Bridgewater, Brockton, Abington, Hanson, East Bridgewater and Pembroke. The origin of Bridgewater’s name is not known. The town seal of Bridgewater also includes the Bridgwater, England coat of arms.

Bridgewater and nearby Attractions

  • Strongs Park
  • Plimouth Plantation
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Central Square Congregational Church
  • Fuller Craft Museum

Things To Do In Bridgewater

In Bridgewater you can enjoy a variety of recreational activities. The town includes basketball and football fields, softball and soccer complexes and a skating park. One can also enjoy leisure time in the shopping centers and in the historical sites of the town.

Bridgewater Transportation

The nearby airport is Boston Logan International Airport.

Bridgewater Higher Education

Bridgewater State College is the local college.

People

Total Population 8,516
Male Share of the Population 45.4%
Female Share of the Population 54.6%
Senior Citizens 10.2%
Employed Population 16+ 4,422
Age of the Population 22

Families

% of people married 24.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.5%
Median Earnings25+ $39,250
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,549
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,824

Wealth

Median Family Income $72,448
% Above Poverty Level 76.7%
% Below Poverty Level 23.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 18.7%
% Using Public Transportation 4.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,269
Median House Value $270,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.6%
US/American 0.2%
English 12.1%
Irish 36.6%

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

Bridgewater Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles S of Brockton, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 25 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Plymouth
Standard Zip Codes 02324
Company Zip Codes 02325
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.99
Longitude -70.975

Bridgewater 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 BROCKTON
Distance 4.3 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 PLYMOUTH-KINGSTON
Distance 14.2 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 82 F
Oct Temp 44 to 63 F
Annual Precip 51 inches
Station ROCHESTER
Distance 14.6 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brockton 94,532 $56,679
East Bridgewater 14,113 $102,569
Halifax 7,684 $88,025
Raynham 13,600 $98,700
West Bridgewater 7,008 $101,071
Whitman 14,715 $90,088

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

Bridgewater Public Libraries

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Bridgewater Public Library
15 SOUTH ST.
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
(508) 697-3331
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Bridgewater High Schools

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166 MT PROSPECT STREET
508-697-6902
Serves 1,563 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

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