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Overview

Introduction to Shirley, Massachusetts

Shirley, Massachusetts, in Middlesex county, is 17 miles W of Lowell, Massachusetts and 32 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts.

Shirley History

The first permanent European settlement in the area was founded sometime around 1720. The area was once part of the Plantation of Groton, Shirley separated from Groton and was incorporated in 1753. The town was named after William Shirley, the Governor of Massachusetts from 1741 to 1757.

Shirley and nearby Attractions

  • American Textile History Museum
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial House
  • Benjamin Hill Recreation Area
  • Stone Zoo
  • Wyman's Beach
  • Doyle Field

Things To Do In Shirley

Local museums include the Hands-On Art Museum and Fruitlands Museum. The Charles River Canoe Center offers opportunities for canoeing, while the Benjamin Hill Recreation Area is accessible from Shirley as well. Wyman's Beach is the nearest beach.

Shirley Transportation

Boston Logan International is the nearest major airport.

Shirley Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include Fitchburg State College, Middlesex Community College, Brandeis University and Quinsigamond Community College, among others.

Demographics

People

Total Population1,361
Male Share of the Population44.5%
Female Share of the Population55.5%
Senior Citizens16.4%
Employed Population 16+654
Age of the Population52

Families

% of people married34.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.8%
Median Earnings25+$41,161
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,130

Wealth

Median Family Income$67,188
% Above Poverty Level81.2%
% Below Poverty Level18.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time32 minutes
% Working from Home9.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.1%
% Using Public Transportation7.2%

Housing

People Living Alone43.1%
Median Gross Rent$813
Median House Value$196,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)31.4%
Irish29.2%
English19%
French Except Basque17.4%
Italian10%
Canadian8.4%
Scottish6.9%
German5.8%
Polish4.3%
Dutch3.2%
Portuguese1.1%
Hungarian1.1%
Lithuanian1%
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Shirley Almanac

CategoryValue
County Middlesex County
Standard Zip Codes1464
Phone Area Codes978
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.54
Approximate Longitude-71.65

Shirley 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
Distance10.1 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
StationLOWELL
Distance16.2 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
Distance19.2 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ayer2,879$74,898
Groton1,163$120,605
Harvard6,570$156,875
Lancaster8,092$103,656
Leominster41,304$71,991
Lunenburg2,027$117,639

Shirley Public Libraries

Hazen Memorial Library
3 KEADY WAY
Shirley, Massachusetts
(978) 425-2620

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Shirley Public Schools

Lura A White
34 Lancaster Rd
(978) 425-2630
Shirley Middle School
1 Hospital Rd
(978) 425-2630
Lura A. White Elementary School
34 Lancaster Rd
(978) 425-2630
Primary
Total Enrollment 384
Ayer Shirley Regional Middle School
1 Hospital Rd
(978) 425-0791
Middle
Total Enrollment 398
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