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Overview

Introduction to Lowell, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts city of Lowell lies on the banks of the Merrimack River, about 30 miles northwest of Boston. Together with Cambridge, the city shares the role of county seat of Middlesex County. Nearby towns include Tewksbury, Billerica, Chelmsford, and Tyngsboro. Lowell's location near Interstate Highways I-495, I-93, and U.S. Route 3 provides easy access to these and other points in Massachusetts as well as to the neighboring states of New Hampshire and Maine. The city is home to the Lowell campus of the University of Massachusetts.

Based on the vision of a planned industrial community built around power provided by the Merrimack River, Lowell was founded in the early 1820s, and incorporated as a town in 1826 before becoming a city ten years later. Named after prominent industrialist Francis Cabot Lowell, who played a large role in the development of Lowell's power canal system and its massive complex of mills, the city soon became one of America's largest industrial centers as well as one of the largest cities in New England. The 19th century industrial boom in Lowell gave way to significant economic change through much of the 20th century. By the 1980's, Lowell was in the forefront of a different kind of boom, this one relating to technology, as new companies began producing minicomputers, computer workstations, and plastics. The city gained prominence as home and international headquarters of Wang Laboratories, for a time one of the giants of the minicomputer industry. By the 1990s, however, the advent of microprocessors and personal computers changed the market considerably, and throughout the decade Lowell saw a steady decline in its economic power. Lowell today is on the upswing again, fueled by a resurgence of the area's technology industry and the growth of new service industries which have revitalized the city's economy and an increasingly more diverse ethnic fabric which has enhanced the city's cultural depth.

Arts, Culture, and Attractions in Lowell

Lowell has several must-see attractions. The National Historical Park provides a fascinating look at life as it evolved in a city on the forefront of the American Industrial Revolution. The park includes historic cotton textile mills, operating gatehouses, and miles of canals. The Brush Art Gallery and Studios feature working artists and crafts people who explain their techniques to visitors. The New England Quilt Museum presents a plethora of beautifully crafted quilts to celebrate the art of historic and modern American quilting. The Boott Cotton Mills Museum replicates the look and feel of early 20th-century industrial mills. The National Streetcar Museum presents the history of Lowell trolleys and offers insight into their role in American transit. The Whistler House, birthplace and former home of famed painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler, is now an historic site and a prime center of art in the city.

For music fans, the Lowell Folk Festival is the largest of its kind in the U.S. The festival, a three-day event held every July, is the city's premier cultural event, attracting thousands to a celebration of traditional music and folk entertainment on six outdoor stages. Also in summer are the evening concerts of Boarding House Park's Summer Music Festival, with a diverse mix of entertainment including contemporary folk, bluegrass, Irish, pop, and big band music. Fans of the performing arts can enjoy The Merrimack Repertory Theatre, an award-winning theatre company which stages a wide variety of dramatic productions.

Opportunities for outdoor recreation abound in Lowell. The Merrimack and Concord Rivers provide fishing, canoeing, sailing, water skiing, and high quality white water rafting. The Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest offers six miles of trails ideal for hiking, jogging, horseback riding and cross-country skiing. The Vandenberg Esplanade is a prime venue for walking, biking, swimming, and picnicking along the banks of the Merrimack River.

Only thirty minutes away is the Boston metropolitan area, rich in first-class attractions including the Boston Pops, Faneuil Hall, the JFK Library and Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Freedom Trail, the New England Aquarium, the Paul Revere House, and many many more. Also in Boston are a number of major league professional sports teams. Some of these include baseball's Boston Red Sox, inhabitants of historic Fenway Park; basketball's Boston Celtics; hockey's Boston Bruins; and lacrosse's Boston Cannons. An additional thirty minutes away is the town of Foxboro, home to football's New England Patriots and soccer's New England Revolution.

The city of Lowell boasts a vibrant sports presence of its own. The Lowell Spinners, a Single-A Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, play in the New York-Penn League. The Lowell Devils are an American Hockey League (AHL) ice hockey team affiliated with the NHL's New Jersey Devils. The University of Massachusetts Lowell offers 22 men's and women's collegiate sports, including the NCAA Division I River Hawks hockey team.

Demographics

People

Total Population109,871
Male Share of the Population50.2%
Female Share of the Population49.8%
Senior Citizens10.1%
Employed Population 16+51,864
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married35.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher22.3%
Median Earnings25+$34,340
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,844
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,685

Wealth

Median Family Income$55,999
% Above Poverty Level78.5%
% Below Poverty Level21.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work6%
% Using Public Transportation3.6%

Housing

People Living Alone28.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,041
Median House Value$234,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)44%
Irish16.2%
French Except Basque7.3%
Italian6.1%
Portuguese5.5%
English4.4%
Canadian3.7%
Brazilian2.9%
Polish2.6%
African2.4%
German2.2%
Greek1.8%
Scottish1.1%
Arab0.9%
West Indian0.9%
Swedish0.7%
Kenyan0.6%
Russian0.4%
Haitian0.4%
Jamaican0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Iranian0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Cape Verdean0.2%
Dutch0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Ugandan0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Liberian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Sierra Leone0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Somali0.1%
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Lowell Almanac

CategoryValue
County Middlesex County
Standard Zip Codes1850, 1851, 1852, 1854
P.O. Box Zip Codes1853
Phone Area Codes781,978, 351
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.66
Approximate Longitude-71.3

Lowell 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
Distance2.3 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
Distance10.6 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
Distance12.8 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
Billerica42,228$108,006
Chelmsford34,906$124,519
Dracut30,940$94,548
Tewksbury30,378$109,560
Tyngsborough12,133$119,504
Westford23,850$148,775

Lowell Public Libraries

Samuel S. Pollard Memorial Library
401 MERRIMACK ST.
Lowell, Massachusetts
(978) 674-4120

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Lowell Hospitals

Saints Medical Center
(Non-profit)
1 Hospital Drive
Lowell General Hospital
(Non-profit)
295 Varnum Avenue

Lowell Public Schools

Greenhalge
149 Ennell Street
ZIP: 1850
(978) 937-7670
Primary
Total Enrollment 505
S Christa Mcauliffe Elementary
570 Beacon Street
ZIP: 1850
(978) 937-2838
Primary
Total Enrollment 505
Abraham Lincoln
300 Chelmsford Street
ZIP: 1851
(978) 937-2846
Primary
Total Enrollment 514
James S Daley Middle School
150 Fleming Street
ZIP: 1851
(978) 937-8981
Middle
Total Enrollment 644
Washington
795 Wilder Street
ZIP: 1851
(978) 937-7635
Primary
Total Enrollment 255
Laura Lee Therapeutic Day School
235 Powell Street
ZIP: 1851
(978) 937-7655
Primary
Total Enrollment 16
Dr Gertrude Bailey
175 Campbell Drive
ZIP: 1851
(978) 937-7644
Primary
Total Enrollment 509
Charles W Morey
130 Pine Street
ZIP: 1851
(978) 937-7662
Primary
Total Enrollment 529
Rogers Early Learning Center
43 Highland Street
ZIP: 1852
(978) 674-4331
Primary
Total Enrollment 380
James Sullivan Middle School
150 Draper Street
ZIP: 1852
(978) 937-8993
Middle
Total Enrollment 645
Henry J Robinson Middle
110 June Street
ZIP: 1852
(978) 937-8974
Middle
Total Enrollment 654
Peter W Reilly
115 Douglas Road
ZIP: 1852
(978) 937-7652
Primary
Total Enrollment 575
Pyne Arts
145 Boylston Street
ZIP: 1852
(978) 937-7639
Primary
Total Enrollment 515
Leblanc Therapeutic Day School
58 Sycamore Street
ZIP: 1852
(978) 970-5467
High
Total Enrollment 34
Lowell High
50 Father Morrissette Boulevar
ZIP: 1852
(978) 937-8900
High
Total Enrollment 3034
John J Shaughnessy
1158 Gorham Street
ZIP: 1852
(978) 937-7657
Primary
Total Enrollment 486
Moody Elementary
158 Rogers Street
ZIP: 1852
(978) 937-7673
Primary
Total Enrollment 290
Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School
67 Middle Street
ZIP: 1852
(978) 656-3165
High
Total Enrollment 109
B.f.butler Middle School
1140 Gorham Street
ZIP: 1852
(978) 937-8973
Middle
Total Enrollment 562
Joseph Mcavinnue
131 Mammoth Road
ZIP: 1854
(978) 937-2871
Primary
Total Enrollment 501
Charlotte M Murkland Elementary
350 Adams Street
ZIP: 1854
(978) 937-2826
Primary
Total Enrollment 514
Dr An Wang School
365 West Meadow Road
ZIP: 1854
(978) 937-7683
Middle
Total Enrollment 679
Bartlett Community Partnership
79 Wannalancit Street
ZIP: 1854
(978) 937-8968
Primary
Total Enrollment 544
Pawtucketville Memorial
425 West Meadow Road
ZIP: 1854
(978) 937-7667
Primary
Total Enrollment 511
Lowell Community Charter Public School
206 Jackson Street
ZIP: 1854
(978) 323-0800
Primary
Total Enrollment 769
Lowell Collegiate Charter School
25 Father John Sarantos Way
ZIP: 1854
(978) 458-1399
Primary
Total Enrollment 340
Kathryn P. Stoklosa Middle School
560 Broadway Street
ZIP: 1854
(978) 275-6330
Middle
Total Enrollment 674

Lowell Private Schools

St Michael School
21 6th St
ZIP: 1850
Elementary
Total Enrollment 369
St Louis School
77 Boisvert St
ZIP: 1850
Elementary
Total Enrollment 241
Lowell Catholic
530 Stevens St
ZIP: 1851
Secondary
Total Enrollment 390
St Margaret Elementary School
486 Stevens St
ZIP: 1851
Elementary
Total Enrollment 210
Community Christian Academy
105r Princeton Blvd
ZIP: 1851
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 153
Immaculate Conception School
218 E Merrimack St
ZIP: 1852
Elementary
Total Enrollment 217
Ste Jeanne D'arc Elementary School
68 Dracut St
ZIP: 1854
Elementary
Total Enrollment 379
Franco American School
357 Pawtucket St
ZIP: 1854
Elementary
Total Enrollment 211
St Patrick School & Education Center
311 Adams St
ZIP: 1854
Elementary
Total Enrollment 131
Hellenic American Academy
41 Broadway St
ZIP: 1854
Elementary
Total Enrollment 125
Riverside School
34 Berry Rd
ZIP: 1854
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 19
Lowell Day Nursery
119 Hall St
ZIP: 1854
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
Lowell Treatment Center
391 Varnum Ave
ZIP: 1854
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 68
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Memorial Hall and public library c1908.

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Memorial Hall and public library c1908.

State Normal School c1908.

General hospital between 1900 and 1910

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