Introduction to Brockton, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts city of Brockton is located in Plymouth County, about 25 miles south of the Massachusetts capital of Boston and 35 miles northeast of Rhode Island's capital city of Providence. Massachusetts State Highway 24 runs through the city, which is also located near Interstate Highways I-93, I-495, and I-195. The city is home to Massasoit Community College (MCC). Brockton is often called the "City of Champions", due to its status as the native city of both former undefeated heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano and former middleweight boxing champion Marvin Hagler.

Originally part of the neighboring town of Bridgewater, the city split off in 1821 to become North Bridgewater before changing its name to Brockton in 1874. Incorporated in 1881, Brockton enjoyed success as the nation's largest producer of shoes during the Civil War and for many decades afterward maintained a thriving shoe and leather industry. No longer dependent on manufacturing, Brockton today looks upon the service industry as the largest base of its economy.

Brockton Points of Interest

The Fuller Craft Museum heads the list of cultural and artistic offerings found in the Brockton area. As New England’s home for contemporary craft, the museum focuses on multicultural exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops, and special events where a visitor can literally touch the materials and objects. Fun and entertainment are abundant at the Brockton Fair, one of the country's oldest country fairs located at the historic Brockton Fairgrounds. The Buckley Performing Arts Center on the campus of Massasoit Community College is the site of numerous concerts, plays, and musicals for fans of all ages.

More things to see and do can be found in the city of Boston, less than a half-hour away. A few of the long list of attractions this historic city has to offer are listed here:

  • John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
  • Bunker Hill Monument
  • The Museum of Fine Arts
  • Old North Church
  • The Boston Children's Museum
  • New England Aquarium
  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • The USS Constitution
  • Prudential Center
  • The Boston Science Museum
  • Faneuil Hall
  • The Freedom Trail
  • John Hancock Tower
  • Paul Revere House
  • The Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • The Boston Pops
  • The Boston Common

Fans of professional sports will note that Brockton is home to the Brockton Rox, a minor league baseball team which competes in the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball (not affiliated with Major League Baseball). The team's two retired numbers are associated with Brockton natives who did not play baseball but are the city's most notable athletes: Rocky Marciano (#49) and "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler (#62). The retired numbers represent the number of fights won by each of the two famous boxers. For football and soccer fans, the nearby town of Foxboro, 16 miles to the west, is home to the NFL's New England Patriots and Major League Soccer's New England Revolution. Further north, the city of Boston is a hotbed of major league sports, being the home town of the following teams:

  • Major League Baseball: Boston Red Sox
  • National Basketball Association: Boston Celtics
  • National Hockey League: Boston Bruins
  • Major League Lacrosse: Boston Cannons
  • World Team Tennis: Boston Lobsters


Total Population 94,532
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 13%
Employed Population 16+ 41,883
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 36.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.7%
Median Earnings25+ $33,528
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,822
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,548


Median Family Income $56,679
% Above Poverty Level 81.4%
% Below Poverty Level 18.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation 6.7%


People Living Alone 28.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,022
Median House Value $221,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.5%
US/American 0.2%
English 5.6%
Irish 15%

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

Brockton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 18 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Plymouth
Standard Zip Codes 02301, 02302
P.O. Box Zip Codes 02303, 02304, 02305
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.094
Longitude -71.018

Brockton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.2 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
Distance 10.9 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
Distance 18.1 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Abington 16,112 $93,355
Avon 4,453 $88,750
Holbrook 10,975 $79,710
Randolph 33,409 $74,275
Stoughton 28,110 $97,587
Whitman 14,715 $90,088

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

Brockton Public Libraries

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(508) 427-3000
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(508) 941-7000
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Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

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Student/teacher ratio: 10.5

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Serves 87 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

A Vocational School
Serves 48 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.2

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