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Overview

Introduction to Holliston, Massachusetts

Holliston, Massachusetts, in Middlesex county, is 4 miles S of Framingham, Massachusetts and 21 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts.The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Boston metropolitan area.

Holliston History

Holliston was first inhabited in the year 1659 by Massachusetts Bay Puritans. The town of Holliston was incorporated on December 3, 1724. The town initially had a community of a few hundred residents. It was named Holliston in the honor of Thomas Hollis, of London, England, a benefactor of Harvard College. The town was once the largest producer of shoes in the United States. However, most of the shoe factories were destroyed by fire and other calamities. The largest company, though, Goodwill Shoe Company, still has a factory on Water Street in Holliston.

Holliston and nearby Attractions

  • Goodwill Park
  • Patoma Park
  • Pleasure Point
  • Stoddard Park
  • Pinecrest Golf Club
  • Broad Hill Vineyards

Things To Do In Holliston

The city boasts of four lovely parks, an 18-hole golf course and a lake. You can enjoy sports like tennis, basketball and soccer in the parks. Some of the parks also include a beach, picnic area, playground and boat launch. The lake is great for fishing and kayaking. The city also hosts several annual events like memorial day parade, the holiday stroll, summer concerts at the Town Hall and many craft fairs and autumn festivals.

Holliston Transportation

Air transportation in the city is available from Boston Logan International.

Holliston Higher Education

Framingham State College serves the city.

Demographics

People

Total Population14,324
Male Share of the Population49%
Female Share of the Population51%
Senior Citizens14.6%
Employed Population 16+7,197
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married65.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher59.8%
Median Earnings25+$61,949
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$35,417
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,000

Wealth

Median Family Income$127,250
% Above Poverty Level98%
% Below Poverty Level2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time35 minutes
% Working from Home8.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.9%
% Using Public Transportation4.3%

Housing

People Living Alone17.9%
Median Gross Rent$964
Median House Value$399,900

Ancestry

Irish25.8%
Italian16.1%
English14.8%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)14.4%
German7%
Canadian6%
Polish5.1%
French Except Basque3.6%
Scottish3%
Swedish3%
Portuguese2.4%
Brazilian1.7%
Albanian1.5%
Russian1.5%
Arab1.2%
Greek1.1%
Welsh0.9%
Norwegian0.8%
Lebanese0.7%
Finnish0.6%
Czech0.6%
Dutch0.4%
Egyptian0.4%
Lithuanian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Belgian0.3%
US/American0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Australian0.3%
Romanian0.2%
Serbian0.2%
Guyanese0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Turkish0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
New Zealand0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Latvian0.1%
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Holliston Almanac

CategoryValue
County Middlesex County
Standard Zip Codes1746
Phone Area Codes508,774
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.2
Approximate Longitude-71.43

Holliston 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
Distance5 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
Distance5.4 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
Distance9.5 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
Framingham70,743$89,679
Hopkinton2,794$118,375
Medway13,135$141,824
Millis8,110$105,259
Sherborn4,255$168,036

Holliston Public Libraries

Holliston Public Library
752 WASHINGTON ST.
Holliston, Massachusetts
(508) 429-0617

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Holliston Public Schools

Placentino Elementary
235 Woodland St
(508) 429-0647
Primary
Total Enrollment 692
Robert H. Adams Middle School
323 Woodland St
(508) 429-0657
Middle
Total Enrollment 662
Holliston High
370 Hollis St
(508) 429-0677
High
Total Enrollment 827
Miller School
235 Woodland St
(508) 429-0667
Primary
Total Enrollment 661

Holliston Private Schools

Christian Family Montessori School
1162 Highland St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 2
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