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.


Total Population 70,443
Male Share of the Population 47.3%
Female Share of the Population 52.7%
Senior Citizens 13.7%
Employed Population 16+ 37,548
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 49%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 47%
Median Earnings25+ $40,973
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,829
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,335


Median Family Income $87,075
% Above Poverty Level 88.5%
% Below Poverty Level 11.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4%
% Using Public Transportation 3.9%


People Living Alone 29.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,190
Median House Value $345,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.5%
US/American 0.5%
English 7.7%
Irish 16%

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

Framingham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 19 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 01701, 01702
P.O. Box Zip Codes 01703, 01704, 01705
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.279
Longitude -71.416

Framingham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.3 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
Distance 10.1 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 38 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Station WALPOLE 2
Distance 11.6 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Framingham, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Framingham Center (01701)

Saxonville (01701)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ashland 17,159 $122,222
Holliston 14,197 $125,513
Natick 34,892 $130,607
Sherborn 4,245 $165,903
Southborough 9,909 $168,952
Wellesley 28,832 $191,875

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

Framingham Public Libraries

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Framingham Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(508) 383-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

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Serves 732 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.5

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