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Overview

Introduction to Littleton, Massachusetts

Littleton, Massachusetts, in Middlesex county, is 11 miles SW of Lowell, Massachusetts (center to center) and 26 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts.

Littleton History

Littleton was originally spelled Lyttleton, after Lord Lyttleton who promised to provide a bell for the town. The change in spelling resulted from a mistake made by a newspaper, after Lord Lyttleton refused to donate the promised bell. This area was initially occupied by the Nipmuc tribe from 1643 until they were driven out during the King Phillip's War. The first white settlers arrived in 1686, and Littleton was officially incorporated in 1715.

Littleton and Nearby Attractions

  • American Textile History Museum
  • Brooks Estate
  • Cochituate State Park
  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • Nashoba Valley

Things To Do In Littleton

The American Textile History Museum displays a range of items from an 18th century Pennsylvania weaver's log cabin to a woolen mill from the 1870s. The Armenian Library and Museum of America, which has 20,000 books, 3,000 textiles and 5,000 coins, also has the biggest collection of Armenian artifacts in Massachusetts. Historical sites nearby include the Brooks Estate, the Dillaway-Thomas House and the Elizabeth Boit Houses. Several parks are also in the region, such as Cochituate State Park, Franklin Park and Great Brook Farm State Park. Other interesting places to visit are the Franklin Park Zoo, the Garden in the Woods, and the Tower Hill Botanical Garden.

Littleton Transportation

Logan International Airport is a major airport nearby.

Littleton Higher Education

The closest colleges to Littleton are the Andover Newton Theological School, Anna Maria College, and the Art Institute of Boston.

Demographics

People

Total Population9,538
Male Share of the Population49.9%
Female Share of the Population50.1%
Senior Citizens16.8%
Employed Population 16+4,983
Age of the Population45

Families

% of people married57.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher56.1%
Median Earnings25+$64,492
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$30,664
Median Earnings With High School Degree$36,857

Wealth

Median Family Income$133,625
% Above Poverty Level97.2%
% Below Poverty Level2.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time32 minutes
% Working from Home6%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.3%
% Using Public Transportation4.2%

Housing

People Living Alone24.3%
Median Gross Rent$1,257
Median House Value$392,300

Ancestry

Irish30.9%
English19.1%
Italian13%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)12.9%
German11.3%
French Except Basque6%
Polish5.6%
Scottish4.1%
Canadian4%
Swedish3.7%
Russian2.6%
Portuguese2.1%
US/American2%
Czech1.4%
Dutch1.3%
Norwegian0.9%
Greek0.9%
Danishn0.9%
Finnish0.9%
Lithuanian0.7%
West Indian0.6%
Welsh0.6%
Hungarian0.5%
Jamaican0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Croatian0.3%
Trinidad Tobago0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Arab0.2%
African0.2%
Haitian0.1%
Estonian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Cape Verdean0.1%
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Littleton Almanac

CategoryValue
County Middlesex County
Standard Zip Codes1460
Phone Area Codes508,781,978
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.53
Approximate Longitude-71.47

Littleton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationLOWELL
Distance10.8 miles
Jan Temp14 to 33 F
Apr Temp35 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 85 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip43.1 inches
StationBEDFORD
Distance12.3 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip46.9 inches
StationREADING
Distance19.4 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp35 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip48.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Acton23,209$158,390
Ayer2,879$74,898
Boxborough5,287$154,205
Harvard6,570$156,875
Maynard10,526$115,525
Westford23,850$148,775

Littleton Public Libraries

Reuben Hoar Library
41 SHATTUCK ST.
Littleton, Massachusetts
(978) 540-2600

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Littleton Public Schools

Littleton High School
56 King St
(978) 952-2555
High
Total Enrollment 416
Shaker Lane Elementary
35 Shaker Ln
(978) 486-3959
Primary
Total Enrollment 417
Littleton Middle School
55 Russell St
(978) 486-8938
Middle
Total Enrollment 378
Russell St Elementary
57 Russell St
(978) 540-2520
Primary
Total Enrollment 399

Littleton Private Schools

Oak Meadow Montessori School
2 Pickard Ln
Elementary
Total Enrollment 177
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