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Overview

Introduction to Framingham, Massachusetts

Framingham, Massachusetts, in Middlesex county, is 19 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. Framingham is regarded as the center of the Metrowest region. The town is home to the world headquarters of Staples, Bose Audio and TJX. Genzyme, Computer Associates, ITT Tech and Capital One have major facilities in the municipality. Breyers and Leggat McCall also have notable facilities in the area. Medical, education, bio-technical, office centers and retail are the major employers.

Framingham is known for its large number of white-collar technology and business professionals. The town is situated along the Sudbury River and mixes urban and rural features. It's included in the "Golden Mile" which is known for shopping malls. Framingham is the highest populated town in New England and sometimes is referred to as "the largest town in America." It includes a variety of ethnic communities.

Framingham History

The town is situated on the historic Old Connecticut Path. In 1647 John Stone established a settlement along the Sudbury River. The area was originally named Danforth's Farm. The town had two militia companies involved in the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Before the Civil War, Framingham hosted an annual meeting for the Abolitionist movement. Framingham had a significant increase in population after World War II ended.

Framingham Attractions

  • Amazing Things Art Center
  • The Danforth Museum of Art features American art collections
  • Framingham Community Theater
  • Garden in the Woods is a botanical garden and features a notable collection of wildflowers and includes scenic trails
  • Framingham Historical Society and Museum
  • Village of Saxonville is located in Framingham and features historic structures such as Athenaeum Hall, Old Dansforth Street Bridge, the Saxonville Fire Station, Saxonville Mills & Josephine Kochnowicz Clock Tower and the Edwards Church & Edwards Cemetery
  • Framingham Town Common includes notable historic structures such as The Old Village Hall, Edgell Library and the Unitarian (First Parish) and Plymouth churches. It also incudes numerous monuments
  • Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
  • Salomon Pond Mall

Framingham Activities

Bowditch Field is the primary athletic facility for Framingham. Lake Cochituate and Lake Washakum feature beach areas. Golf enthusiasts enjoy the course at Framingham Country Club. The Edwards F. Loring Skating area is a popular location. Callahan State Park provides trails for mountain biking, hiking and cross-country skiing. Farm Pond Park includes walking trails and a pond used for swimming and fishing.

The nearby Rocky Narrows features walking trails through rugged terrain. The close by Ashland Reservoir is utilized for canoeing and kayaking. Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary is filled with wildlife and includes hiking trails. The scenic Nobscot Mountain area is a vast acreage and provides opportunities for hiking and camping. The Fun and Games Family Entertainment Center is a popular destination.

Framingham Transportation

The town is served by the nearby Logan Airport. Amtrak and the MBTA provide rail service to Boston. Local Inter Framingham Transit provides bus transportation.

Framingham Higher Education

The town is home to Framingham State College. Brandeis University as well as Wellesley, Regis, Mount Ida and Babson colleges are in the area.

Demographics

People

Total Population70,743
Male Share of the Population47.5%
Female Share of the Population52.5%
Senior Citizens14.4%
Employed Population 16+38,824
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married49.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher48.2%
Median Earnings25+$42,200
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,382
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,813

Wealth

Median Family Income$89,679
% Above Poverty Level88.8%
% Below Poverty Level11.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work4%
% Using Public Transportation3.8%

Housing

People Living Alone29.7%
Median Gross Rent$1,231
Median House Value$360,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)30.8%
Irish16.4%
Italian12.4%
Brazilian8.3%
English6.9%
Portuguese4.8%
French Except Basque3.4%
Polish3.3%
Russian3.2%
Scottish2.3%
Canadian1.9%
African1.4%
Arab1.3%
West Indian1.1%
Swedish1.1%
Greek0.8%
Lithuanian0.6%
Ukrainian0.6%
Haitian0.6%
US/American0.6%
Egyptian0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
Dutch0.5%
Lebanese0.4%
Finnish0.4%
Hungarian0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Ghanaian0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
Ugandan0.2%
Kenyan0.2%
Moroccan0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Albanian0.2%
Israeli0.1%
German0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Cape Verdean0.1%
Swiss0.1%
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Framingham Almanac

CategoryValue
County Middlesex County
Standard Zip Codes1701, 1702
P.O. Box Zip Codes1703, 1704, 1705
Phone Area Codes508,774,781,978
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.3
Approximate Longitude-71.43

Framingham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationFRAMINGHAM
Distance0.3 miles
Jan Temp16 to 36 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip45.8 inches
StationWEST MEDWAY
Distance10.1 miles
Jan Temp13 to 38 F
Apr Temp35 to 59 F
Jul Temp60 to 84 F
Oct Temp37 to 64 F
Annual Precip48.7 inches
StationWALPOLE 2
Distance11.6 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ashland17,420$122,210
Holliston14,324$127,250
Natick35,385$135,824
Sherborn4,255$168,036
Southborough9,968$165,417
Wellesley28,909$200,817

Framingham Public Libraries

Framingham Public Library
49 LEXINGTON STREET
Framingham, Massachusetts
(508) 532-5570

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Framingham Hospitals

Metrowest Medical Center - Framingham Campus
(Proprietary)
115 Lincoln Street

Framingham Public Schools

Fuller Middle
31 Flagg Drive
ZIP: 1701
(508) 620-4956
Middle
Total Enrollment 441
Juniper Hill School
29 Upper Joclyn Avenue
ZIP: 1701
(508) 788-2380
Primary
Total Enrollment 153
Hemenway
729 Water Street
ZIP: 1701
(508) 626-9149
Primary
Total Enrollment 566
Cameron Middle School
215 Elm Street
ZIP: 1701
(508) 879-2290
Middle
Total Enrollment 512
Brophy
575 Pleasant Street
ZIP: 1701
(508) 626-9158
Primary
Total Enrollment 504
Blocks Pre-school @ King
29 Upper Jocyln Avenue
ZIP: 1701
(508) 877-9521
King Elementary School
454 Water Street
ZIP: 1701
(508) 782-7201
Primary
Total Enrollment 81
Miriam F Mccarthy School
8 Flagg Drive
ZIP: 1701
(508) 626-9161
Primary
Total Enrollment 598
Framingham High School
115 A Street
ZIP: 1701
(508) 620-4963
High
Total Enrollment 1995
Walsh Middle
301 Brook Street
ZIP: 1701
(508) 626-9180
Middle
Total Enrollment 674
Potter Road
492 Potter Rd
ZIP: 1701
(508) 626-9110
Primary
Total Enrollment 501
Mary E Stapleton Elementary
25 Elm Street
ZIP: 1701
(508) 626-9143
Primary
Total Enrollment 431
Woodrow Wilson
169 Leland Street
ZIP: 1701
(508) 626-9164
Primary
Total Enrollment 543
Charlotte A Dunning
48 Frost Street
ZIP: 1701
(508) 626-9155
Primary
Total Enrollment 495
Barbieri Elementary
100 Dudley Rd
ZIP: 1701
(508) 626-9187
Primary
Total Enrollment 659
Joseph P Keefe Technical High School
750 Winter Street
ZIP: 1702
(508) 416-2380
High
Total Enrollment 693
Christa Mcauliffe Charter Public School
25 Clinton Street
ZIP: 1702
(508) 879-9000
Middle
Total Enrollment 403

Framingham Private Schools

Wayside Academy
1 Frederick Abbott Way
ZIP: 1701
Secondary
Total Enrollment 26
Reed Academy
1 Winch St
ZIP: 1701
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 42
Over The Rainbow Nursery School
115 Edgebrook Rd
ZIP: 1701
Elementary
Total Enrollment 2
Sudbury Valley School
2 Winch St
ZIP: 1701
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 150
The Learning Center For The Deaf
848 Central St
ZIP: 1701
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 175
Summit Montessori School
283 Pleasant St
ZIP: 1701
Elementary
Total Enrollment 37
Metro West Jewish Day School
29 Upper Joclyn Ave Ste 1
ZIP: 1701
Elementary
Total Enrollment 55
Cclc Of Framingham
770 Cochituate Rd
ZIP: 1701
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
The Brighton School
360 Water St
ZIP: 1701
Elementary
Total Enrollment 41
Happy Hollow School
29 Oaks Rd
ZIP: 1702
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
St Bridget School
832 Worcester Rd
ZIP: 1702
Elementary
Total Enrollment 291
Marian High School
273 Union Ave
ZIP: 1702
Secondary
Total Enrollment 303
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