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Overview

Introduction to Dedham, Massachusetts

Dedham, Massachusetts, in Norfolk county, is 6 miles S of Newton, Massachusetts and 10 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is in the Boston area.

Dedham History

People from Watertown and Roxbury were the first settlers in the area that is now known as Dedham. It was incorporated in 1636. The inhabitants of the town wanted to name it Contentment at that time, but they were overruled by the Massachusetts General Court, which chose the name Dedham after a similarly named area in Essex, England.

Dedham and nearby Attractions

  • Fairbanks House
  • Asor Art Gallery
  • Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center
  • Museum of Bad Art
  • Mother Brook
  • Lessence Art Gallery

Things To Do In Dedham

The Fairbanks house attracts many visitors, because it is one of the oldest timber frame houses in the U.S. There are several organization in this town which offer an entertaining blend of activities. Dedham also has some interesting art galleries like the Museum of Bad Art.

Dedham Transportation

Air transportation is available from Boston Logan International Airport.

Dedham Higher Education

The Boston College serves the town.

Demographics

People

Total Population25,377
Male Share of the Population47.5%
Female Share of the Population52.5%
Senior Citizens19.8%
Employed Population 16+13,103
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married50.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher48.9%
Median Earnings25+$56,611
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$33,068
Median Earnings With High School Degree$36,115

Wealth

Median Family Income$121,071
% Above Poverty Level95%
% Below Poverty Level5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home5.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.8%
% Using Public Transportation10.8%

Housing

People Living Alone33.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,546
Median House Value$416,500

Ancestry

Irish30.8%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19.4%
Italian12.1%
English9%
German6%
Polish3.8%
Greek3.3%
Arab2.7%
Canadian2.6%
West Indian2.6%
French Except Basque2.4%
Scottish1.8%
Russian1.7%
Lebanese1.6%
Haitian1.1%
Portuguese1.1%
African1%
Swedish1%
Brazilian0.9%
Albanian0.8%
Egyptian0.6%
Turkish0.6%
Norwegian0.6%
Dutch0.5%
Ukrainian0.5%
Welsh0.5%
Czech0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
US/American0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Trinidad Tobago0.2%
Israeli0.2%
Palestinian0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Cape Verdean0.2%
Austrian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
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Dedham Almanac

CategoryValue
County Norfolk County
Standard Zip Codes2026
P.O. Box Zip Codes2027
Phone Area Codes6,17,781, 339
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.24
Approximate Longitude-71.17

Dedham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBLUE HILL OBS MILTON
Distance3.6 miles
Jan Temp18 to 34 F
Apr Temp37 to 56 F
Jul Temp62 to 81 F
Oct Temp43 to 60 F
Annual Precip51.1 inches
StationWALPOLE 2
Distance6.4 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
StationHINGHAM
Distance13.4 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Dover2,385$177,303
Milton27,527$151,120
Needham30,429$172,774
Norwood29,121$113,259

Dedham Public Libraries

Dedham Public Library
43 CHURCH ST.
Dedham, Massachusetts
(781) 751-9284

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Dedham Public Schools

Avery
336 High Street
ZIP: 2026
(781) 310-5000
Primary
Total Enrollment 312
Dedham High
140 Whiting Avenue
ZIP: 2026
(781) 310-1100
High
Total Enrollment 700
Dedham Middle School
70 Whiting Avenue
ZIP: 2026
(781) 310-7000
Middle
Total Enrollment 680
Early Childhood Center
322 Sprague Street
ZIP: 2026
(781) 310-8000
Primary
Total Enrollment 306
Greenlodge
191 Greenlodge Street
ZIP: 2026
(781) 310-4000
Primary
Total Enrollment 305
Oakdale
147 Cedar Street
ZIP: 2026
(781) 310-6000
Primary
Total Enrollment 286
Riverdale
143 Needham Street
ZIP: 2026
(781) 310-2000
Primary
Total Enrollment 187

Dedham Private Schools

Dedham Country Day School
90 Sandy Valley Rd
ZIP: 2026
Elementary
Total Enrollment 239
Noble & Greenough School
10 Campus Dr
ZIP: 2026
Secondary
Total Enrollment 589
The Rashi School
8000 Great Meadow Rd
ZIP: 2026
Elementary
Total Enrollment 307
Ursuline Academy
85 Lowder St
ZIP: 2026
Secondary
Total Enrollment 398
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Historic Dedham

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Old Fairbanks House c1899

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Old Fairbanks House c1899

Old Fairbanks House between 1890 and 1899

The Old Fairbanks House c1899.

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