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Overview

Introduction to Freetown, Massachusetts

Freetown, Massachusetts, in Bristol county, is 7 miles NE of Fall River, Massachusetts and 39 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts.

Freetown History

One of the oldest communities in the United States, Freetown was first settled in 1659. Assonet and Fall River were purchased from the Wampanoag Indians in an exchange known as Ye Freemen's Purchase. The city of Fall River and a portion of Acushnet were once included in this area. Freetown was officially incorporated in 1683. In the second half of the 17th century, this area was inhabited by Pilgrims and their descendants.

Freetown and nearby Attractions

  • Town Beach
  • Freetown State Forest
  • Freetown Historical Society Museum
  • Buttonwood Park Zoo
  • Fall River Carousel

Things To Do In Freetown

The Freetown Historical Society Museum displays historic remnants relating to the history of the town. Children may enjoy a trip to the Buttonwood Park Zoo. Freetown has two public beaches, Porter Pastures and Town Beach. Freetown also has a number of parks, including Central Park, Bandstand Park, Hathaway Park and Memorial Park. Freetown State Forest offers trails for horseback riding and hiking. The state forest has a famous rock known as Profile Rock, which resembles Massasoit, leader of the Wampanoags.

Freetown Transportation

Boston Logan International is the nearest major airport.

Freetown Higher Education

The University of Massachusetts, Bristol Community College and Bridgewater State College are all accessible from Freetown.

People

Total Population 9,031
Male Share of the Population 50.1%
Female Share of the Population 49.9%
Senior Citizens 14.3%
Employed Population 16+ 4,627
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 57.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $96,053
% Above Poverty Level 96%
% Below Poverty Level 4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 18.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,135
Median House Value $312,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 5%
US/American 0.2%
English 17.7%
Irish 17.1%

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

Freetown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles NE of Fall River, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 39 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Bristol
Standard Zip Codes 02702
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.79
Longitude -71.06

Freetown 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 ROCHESTER
Distance 7.4 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 NEW BEDFORD
Distance 12.7 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 BROCKTON
Distance 18.2 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Assonet (02702)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Berkley 6,547 $94,688
Dighton 7,221 $90,625
Lakeville 11,098 $102,668
Middleborough 23,708 $90,913
Somerset 18,271 $81,727
Swansea 16,142 $87,087

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

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