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Overview

Introduction to Plainville, Massachusetts

Plainville, Massachusetts, in Norfolk county, is 9 miles N of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (center to center) and 28 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts.

Plainville History

Plainville was settled in 1661, at which time it was part of the town of Dedham. It became part of Wrentham in 1673, and was incorporated as a separate town in 1905. It is the youngest town in Norfolk County, which was created on March 26, 1793. The county was named for Norfolk, England.

Plainville and Nearby Attractions

  • Capron Park Zoo
  • Museum of Natural History
  • Purgatory Chasm State Reservation
  • Angle Tree Stone
  • Freetown Fall River State Forest
  • Adams National Historic Site

Things To Do In Plainville

While in Plainville, a day trip to the Pope John Paul II Park, the Dighton Rock State Park, the Ames Nowell State Park, the Roger Williams National Memorial, the Freetown Fall River State Forest, or the Lincoln Woods State Park may be organized. The Museum of Natural History, the Providence Children's Museum, the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, the Children's Museum in Easton, and Adams National Historic Site are some of the popular museums near Plainville. Opportunities to play golf are available at Wentworth Hills and Heather Hill.

Plainville Transportation

General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport is a major airport nearby.

Plainville Higher Education

Colleges nearby include Brown University, Rhode Island College, and Providence College.

People

Total Population 8,735
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 12.4%
Employed Population 16+ 5,104
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 58.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 42.4%
Median Earnings25+ $46,761
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $31,522
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,100

Wealth

Median Family Income $113,618
% Above Poverty Level 95.2%
% Below Poverty Level 4.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 4.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 26.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,133
Median House Value $329,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.7%
US/American 0%
English 14.4%
Irish 33.7%

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

Plainville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles N of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 28 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Norfolk
Standard Zip Codes 02762
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.004
Longitude -71.333

Plainville 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 WEST MEDWAY
Distance 10.3 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 38 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Station WALPOLE 2
Distance 12 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Station FRAMINGHAM
Distance 19.8 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

North Attleboro (02762)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Attleboro 43,953 $81,250
Foxborough 5,326 $75,282
Mansfield 23,482 $110,338
North Attleborough 28,863 $101,930
Wrentham 11,287 $124,539

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

Plainville Public Libraries

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Plainville Public Library
198 SOUTH ST.
Plainville, Massachusetts
(508) 695-1784

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