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Overview

Introduction to Dighton, Massachusetts

Dighton, Massachusetts, in Bristol county, is 6 miles S of Taunton, Massachusetts (center to center) and 37 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts.

Dighton History

The town of Dighton is the geographic and rural economic center of the county. Originally Dighton was a part of Taunton's South Purchase, but it separated in 1672 and incorporated in 1712. It was named after Frances Dighton Williams, the wife of an elderly resident. Initially, it was a shipbuilding community, but today, many different kinds of trades prosper in the region.

Dighton and Nearby Attractions

  • Gov. Stephen Hopkins House
  • Beavertail Lighthouse Museum
  • Bridge Village Heritage Park
  • Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
  • Wachusett Mountain

Things To Do In Dighton

Some of the museums near Dighton are Beavertail Lighthouse Museum, Children's Museum in Easton, and the Fall River Historical Society. Popular historical sites include the Gov. Stephen Hopkins House, Roger Williams National Memorial, and the Slater Mill Historic Site. Several parks for outdoor recreation are also nearby including, Beavertail State Park, Bridge Village Heritage Park, and Demarest Lloyd Memorial State Park. Other attractions include Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, Buttonwood Park Zoo, and Fall River Carousel.

Dighton Transportation

General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport is a major airport nearby.

Dighton Higher Education

Andover Newton Theological School, Art Institute of Boston, and Bay State College are colleges close to Dighton.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,320
Male Share of the Population48.8%
Female Share of the Population51.2%
Senior Citizens14.2%
Employed Population 16+3,763
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married55.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher28.4%
Median Earnings25+$52,115
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$33,750
Median Earnings With High School Degree$42,984

Wealth

Median Family Income$99,801
% Above Poverty Level96.1%
% Below Poverty Level3.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time33 minutes
% Working from Home4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.6%
% Using Public Transportation0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone18.2%
Median Gross Rent$647
Median House Value$318,400

Ancestry

Portuguese34.2%
Irish14.5%
English12.1%
French Except Basque11.5%
Italian10.4%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)9.6%
Polish6.8%
German5.8%
Canadian5.5%
Scottish2.9%
Lithuanian1.4%
West Indian1.3%
Trinidad Tobago1.1%
Welsh0.6%
Swedish0.6%
Cape Verdean0.5%
African0.5%
Russian0.5%
US/American0.4%
Arab0.3%
Brazilian0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Ukrainian0.2%
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Dighton Almanac

CategoryValue
County Bristol County
Standard Zip Codes2715
Phone Area Codes508,774
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.82
Approximate Longitude-71.16

Dighton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationTAUNTON
Distance6.6 miles
Jan Temp18 to 37 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp61 to 83 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip48.3 inches
StationROCHESTER
Distance10.7 miles
Jan Temp19 to 38 F
Apr Temp37 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 63 F
Annual Precip49.8 inches
StationBROCKTON
Distance17.5 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Berkley6,589$107,941
Freetown9,111$100,341
Lakeville11,193$109,338
Rehoboth11,914$99,776
Somerset18,279$82,176
Swansea16,249$91,344

Dighton Public Libraries

Dighton Public Library
395 MAIN STREET
Dighton, Massachusetts
(508) 669-6421

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Dighton Public Schools

Bristol County Agricultural High
135 Center Street
ZIP: 2715
(508) 669-6744
High
Total Enrollment 448
Dighton Elementary
1250 Somerset Avenue
ZIP: 2715
(508) 669-4245
Primary
Total Enrollment 432
Dighton Middle School
1250r Somerset Avenue
ZIP: 2715
(508) 669-4200
Middle
Total Enrollment 371
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