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Overview

Introduction to Leominster, Massachusetts

Leominster, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 18 miles N of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center) and 37 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. It's situated along the Nashua River. Leominster and Fitchburg are known as the twin cities. The municipality includes several small villages. A granite marker indicates the birth place of the well known Johnny Appleseed. It's located on Johnny Appleseed Lane.

It was named in tribute to Leominster, Herefordshire England. The plastics industry is a significant factor for the economy. Even though it does include manufacturing, the city is primarily a residential community.

Leominster History

The town was settled in 1653 and in 1915 it was incorporated as a city. Beginning in the early 20th century, the plastics industry was flourishing and Leominster was called "The Pioneer Plastics City." It had a major role in the development of the plastics industry in the United States.

In 1919, Sam Foster began the Foster Manufacturing company which later became the Foster Grant Company. It was one of the prominent plastic manufacturers in the nation. Around 1928 the well known Foster Grant sunglasses were created. In 1925 the prominent Viscoloid company merged with Dupont and became The Dupont Viscoloid Company. Union Products created the well known pink flamingo lawn ornament.

Leominster Attractions

  • The National Plastics Center & Museum
  • Kendall Hall is a major landmark
  • Johnny Appleseed Visitors Center
  • Doyle Field
  • Leominster Historical Society
  • Sholan Farms is an apple orchard and offers a look at the region's agricultural history. It hosts a variety of festivals and is a popular tourist destination
  • City Hall is a prominent landmark

Leominster Activities

Leominster State Forest is popular for hiking and mountain biking and features a variety of wildlife. The Midstate Trail is a scenic rural path which traverses through Worcester county and includes numerous interesting historic, geologic and natural features. Doyle Reservation is a large forest park.

Leominster Higher Education

The city is home to the Mount Wachusett Community College - Leominster Campus.

Demographics

People

Total Population41,304
Male Share of the Population46.7%
Female Share of the Population53.3%
Senior Citizens15.6%
Employed Population 16+20,661
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married45.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher28.1%
Median Earnings25+$37,489
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$26,583
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,558

Wealth

Median Family Income$71,991
% Above Poverty Level86.3%
% Below Poverty Level13.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.8%
% Using Public Transportation1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone29.7%
Median Gross Rent$877
Median House Value$227,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)24.4%
Italian17.5%
Irish15.3%
French Except Basque12.8%
Canadian8.5%
English7.5%
German6.2%
Brazilian2.9%
Polish2.8%
Swedish2.2%
Portuguese2.1%
Scottish1.9%
African1.2%
Finnish1%
Greek0.8%
West Indian0.8%
Lithuanian0.7%
Haitian0.6%
Russian0.5%
Dutch0.5%
Arab0.4%
US/American0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
Norwegian0.2%
Kenyan0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Cape Verdean0.1%
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Leominster Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Medium City 18 miles N of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City37 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester County
Standard Zip Codes1453
Phone Area Codes508,978
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude42.525
Longitude-71.76

Leominster Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCLINTON
Distance9.5 miles
Jan Temp15 to 33 F
Apr Temp37 to 55 F
Jul Temp63 to 81 F
Oct Temp40 to 61 F
Annual Precip49.1 inches
StationBARRE FALLS DAM
Distance15.3 miles
Jan Temp11 to 32 F
Apr Temp32 to 55 F
Jul Temp55 to 80 F
Oct Temp34 to 59 F
Annual Precip45.5 inches
StationBIRCH HILL DAM
Distance19.6 miles
Jan Temp8 to 32 F
Apr Temp30 to 56 F
Jul Temp55 to 81 F
Oct Temp32 to 60 F
Annual Precip45.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Fitchburg40,441$59,307
Lancaster8,092$103,656
Lunenburg2,027$117,639
Princeton3,451$133,967
Shirley1,361$67,188
Sterling7,954$131,713

Leominster Public Libraries

Leominster Public Library
30 WEST ST.
Leominster, Massachusetts
(978) 534-7522

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Leominster Hospitals

Health Alliance Hospital - Leominster Campus
(Non-profit)
60 Hospital Road
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Leominster Public Schools

Priest Street
115 Priest St
(978) 534-7761
Primary
Total Enrollment 154
Southeast School
95 Viscoloid Ave
(978) 534-7751
Primary
Total Enrollment 598
Leominster Senior High
122 Granite St
(978) 534-7715
High
Total Enrollment 1181
Northwest
45 Stearns Ave
(978) 534-7756
Primary
Total Enrollment 674
Lincoln School
100 Decicco Dr
(978) 534-7761
Primary
Total Enrollment 49
Sky View Middle School
500 Kennedy Way
(978) 534-7780
Middle
Total Enrollment 917
Leominster High School & Center For Technical Educ
122 Granite St
(978) 534-7735
High
Total Enrollment 666
Bennett
145 Pleasant St
(978) 534-7704
Primary
Total Enrollment 118
Samoset School
100 Decicco Dr
(978) 534-7725
Middle
Total Enrollment 517
Fall Brook
25 Decicco Dr
(978) 534-7745
Primary
Total Enrollment 645
Johnny Appleseed
845 Main St
(978) 534-7765
Primary
Total Enrollment 662

Leominster Private Schools

St Anna School
213 Lancaster St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 143
St Leo School
120 Main St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 226
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