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Overview

Introduction to Fairhaven, Massachusetts

Fairhaven, Massachusetts, in Bristol county, is 1 miles E of New Bedford, Massachusetts and 50 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is part of the New Bedford metropolitan statistical area.

Fairhaven History

In 1670, when the first settlers arrived at the easternmost part of the Dartmouth town, it was known by the name of "Acushnea." The land which originally belonged to an Indian chief and his son was later purchased by English settlers. In 1787, the city of New Bedford, which included the towns of Fairhaven and Acushnet, separated from Dartmouth. The city of Fairhaven was officially incorporated in the year 1812 and, in 1860, a part of this land was officially separated to form Acushnet. Fairhaven is the site of the Fort Phoenix State Reservation, which was used by American troops both during the American Revolution and the War of 1812.

Fairhaven and nearby Attractions

  • West Island Marshes
  • Duff Gallery
  • New Bedford Whaling Museum
  • Butler Flats Lighthouse
  • WaterFire
  • Old Silver Beach

Things To Do In Fairhaven

The city of Fairhaven has a number of historically and culturally important sites that one can visit to learn more about the town of Fairhaven. These include the New Bedford National Historic Landmark District, the Butler Flats Lighthouse, the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the Duff Gallery. A little further south are a couple of stunning beaches, the Craigville Beach and the Old Silver Beach. These beaches offer all kinds of provisions for water and beach sports. Visitors can also rent bikes to take a trip down The Shining Sea Bike Path right up to the waters of the Vineyard Sound. The WaterFire, an award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans that is installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, is another interesting tourist destination.

Fairhaven Transportation

Boston Logan International is the closest major airport to the area.

Fairhaven Higher Education

University Of Massachusetts-Dartmouth is the local university.

People

Total Population 16,027
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 20.6%
Employed Population 16+ 8,136
Age of the Population 47

Families

% of people married 48.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $76,794
% Above Poverty Level 89.7%
% Below Poverty Level 10.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.2%
Median Gross Rent $864
Median House Value $263,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.3%
US/American 0.2%
English 18%
Irish 16.9%

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

Fairhaven Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles E of New Bedford, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 50 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Bristol
Standard Zip Codes 02719
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.637
Longitude -70.904

Fairhaven Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station NEW BEDFORD
Distance 1.5 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 56 F
Jul Temp 65 to 83 F
Oct Temp 46 to 63 F
Annual Precip 50.7 inches
Station ROCHESTER
Distance 10.1 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches
Station PLYMOUTH-KINGSTON
Distance 26.1 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
Acushnet 10,374 $85,895
Dartmouth 34,482 $83,770
Marion 4,979 $94,412
Mattapoisett 6,176 $99,044
New Bedford 94,909 $46,114
Rochester 5,385 $107,625

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

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Millicent Library
45 CENTER ST.
Fairhaven, Massachusetts
(508) 992-5342
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508-979-4052
Serves 678 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

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