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Overview

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

Demographics

People

Total Population94,813
Male Share of the Population48%
Female Share of the Population52%
Senior Citizens13%
Employed Population 16+43,356
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married37.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17.3%
Median Earnings25+$34,744
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,780
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,996

Wealth

Median Family Income$60,696
% Above Poverty Level81.8%
% Below Poverty Level18.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.5%
% Using Public Transportation6.5%

Housing

People Living Alone27.1%
Median Gross Rent$1,022
Median House Value$226,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)25.8%
African20%
Cape Verdean17.8%
West Indian13.6%
Irish13.5%
Haitian11.4%
Italian7.4%
English5.1%
Portuguese3.2%
French Except Basque3%
German2.3%
Brazilian2.2%
Canadian1.9%
Polish1.7%
Swedish1.4%
Jamaican1.2%
Greek1.1%
Lithuanian0.9%
Scottish0.8%
Nigerian0.7%
Russian0.7%
Arab0.6%
Lebanese0.4%
Barbadian0.4%
British0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Dutch0.2%
US/American0.2%
Danishn0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Jordanian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Brockton Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Large City18 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Plymouth County
Standard Zip Codes2301, 2302
P.O. Box Zip Codes2303, 2304, 2305
Phone Area Codes508,774,781
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude42.094
Longitude-71.018

Brockton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBROCKTON
Distance3.2 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
StationHINGHAM
Distance10.9 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
StationPLYMOUTH-KINGSTON
Distance18.1 miles
Jan Temp20 to 38 F
Apr Temp37 to 56 F
Jul Temp63 to 82 F
Oct Temp44 to 63 F
Annual Precip51 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Abington16,196$93,519
Avon4,476$89,423
Holbrook11,008$83,696
Randolph33,526$79,949
Stoughton28,260$93,357
Whitman14,767$92,348

Brockton Public Libraries

Brockton Public Library System
304 MAIN STREET
Brockton, Massachusetts
(508) 580-7890

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Brockton Hospitals

Brockton Hospital
(Non-profit)
680 Centre Street
Va Medical Center - Brockton Division
(Government - Federal)
940 Belmont St
Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Center - Brockton Campus
(Proprietary)
235 North Pearl Street
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Brockton Public Schools

Brookfield
135 Jon Dr
(508) 580-7257
Primary
Total Enrollment 614
Downey
55 Electric Ave
(508) 580-7221
Primary
Total Enrollment 580
Hancock
125 Pearl St
(508) 580-7252
Primary
Total Enrollment 741
Huntington
1121 Warren Ave
(508) 580-7235
Primary
Total Enrollment 540
Gilmore School Early Childhood Center
150 Clinton St
(508) 580-7685
Primary
Total Enrollment 259
East Middle School
464 Centre St
(508) 580-7351
Middle
Total Enrollment 393
B B Russell Alternative School
175 Warren Ave
(508) 580-7033
High
Total Enrollment 91
Brockton High
470 Forest Ave
(508) 580-7633
High
Total Enrollment 4135
Dr W Arnone Community School
135 Belmont St
(508) 894-4440
Primary
Total Enrollment 812
Edgar B Davis
380 Plain St
(508) 580-7360
Primary
Total Enrollment 1077
John F Kennedy
900 Ash St
(508) 580-7278
Primary
Total Enrollment 600
North Middle School
108 Oak St
(508) 580-7371
Middle
Total Enrollment 496
Oscar F Raymond
125 Oak St
(508) 580-7364
Primary
Total Enrollment 1020
South Middle School
105 Keith Ave
(508) 580-7311
Middle
Total Enrollment 477
West Middle School
271 West St
(508) 580-7381
Middle
Total Enrollment 590
Louis F Angelo Elementary
472 North Main St
(508) 894-4501
Primary
Total Enrollment 807
Goddard Alternative School
20 Union St
(508) 580-7203
Other
Total Enrollment 64
Mary E. Baker School
45 Quincy St
(508) 894-4427
Primary
Total Enrollment 748
Brockton Champion High School
175 Warren Ave
(508) 894-4377
High
Total Enrollment 183
Manthala George Jr. School
180 Colonel Bell Dr
(508) 580-7913
Primary
Total Enrollment 803
Ashfield Middle School
225 Coe Rd
Middle
Total Enrollment 518
Joseph F. Plouffe Academy
250 Crescent St
Middle
Total Enrollment 614
Edison Academy
700 Belmont St
(508) 580-7638
High
Total Enrollment 162

Brockton Private Schools

Trinity Catholic Academy
37 Erie Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 478
May Institute For Neurorehabilitation
596 Summer St
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 56
Brockton Area Seventh-day Adventist Academy
243 Court St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 63
Cardinal Spellman High School
738 Court St
Secondary
Total Enrollment 668
Dovecrest Montessori Academy
460 Belmont St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 56
Little Lambs Christian Learning Center
421 Torrey St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
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