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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 Population25,272
Male Share of the Population48.2%
Female Share of the Population51.8%
Senior Citizens19.1%
Employed Population 16+12,925
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married49.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher47.5%
Median Earnings25+$55,316
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$31,406
Median Earnings With High School Degree$36,806

Wealth

Median Family Income$115,379
% Above Poverty Level95.3%
% Below Poverty Level4.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home5.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.3%
% Using Public Transportation9.6%

Housing

People Living Alone31.9%
Median Gross Rent$1,460
Median House Value$394,200

Ancestry

Irish32%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)18.6%
Italian14.1%
English10.7%
German6.7%
Polish4%
Arab3.7%
French Except Basque3.1%
West Indian2.9%
Greek2.9%
Canadian2.7%
Lebanese2.3%
Scottish2%
Russian1.9%
Haitian1.3%
Portuguese1%
Swedish0.8%
Albanian0.6%
Brazilian0.6%
Norwegian0.6%
Egyptian0.5%
Ukrainian0.5%
Welsh0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
US/American0.4%
Syrian0.4%
Dutch0.4%
Slovak0.3%
African0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Palestinian0.3%
Czech0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Trinidad Tobago0.2%
Israeli0.2%
Iraqi0.2%
Cape Verdean0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
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Dedham Almanac

CategoryValue
County Norfolk County
Standard Zip Codes2026
P.O. Box Zip Codes2027
Phone Area Codes617,781, 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
Canton22,562$123,250
Dover2,453$180,096
Milton27,351$139,596
Needham30,167$166,931
Norwood29,018$107,097
Westwood15,364$161,113

Dedham Public Libraries

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

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Dedham Public Schools

Early Childhood Center
322 Sprague St
(781) 461-5978
Primary
Total Enrollment 321
Dedham High
140 Whiting Ave
(781) 326-4773
High
Total Enrollment 784
Greenlodge
191 Greenlodge St
(781) 461-5989
Primary
Total Enrollment 309
Riverdale
143 Needham St
(781) 326-5350
Primary
Total Enrollment 228
Avery
123 High St
(781) 326-5354
Primary
Total Enrollment 227
Dedham Middle School
70 Whiting Ave
(781) 326-6900
Middle
Total Enrollment 649
Oakdale
147 Cedar St
(781) 326-5351
Primary
Total Enrollment 344

Dedham Private Schools

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