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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 Population1,470
Male Share of the Population45.4%
Female Share of the Population54.6%
Senior Citizens20.9%
Employed Population 16+770
Age of the Population53

Families

% of people married31.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher19.5%
Median Earnings25+$36,264
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,901

Wealth

Median Family Income$59,421
% Above Poverty Level85.6%
% Below Poverty Level14.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work7.1%
% Using Public Transportation6.1%

Housing

People Living Alone38.8%
Median Gross Rent$793
Median House Value$252,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)29%
Irish22.9%
English17.1%
Italian13.3%
French Except Basque12.2%
German11.4%
Canadian10.8%
Polish6.9%
Scottish6.1%
Arab2.5%
Swedish2.2%
Finnish2.1%
Portuguese1.2%
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
Ayer2,679$99,911
Groton1,188$124,635
Leominster41,446$71,047
Lunenburg1,955$118,571

Shirley Public Libraries

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

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Shirley Public Schools

Ayer Shirley Regional Middle School
1 Hospital Road
ZIP: 1464
(978) 772-8600
Middle
Total Enrollment 412
Lura A. White Elementary School
34 Lancaster Road
ZIP: 1464
(978) 772-8600
Primary
Total Enrollment 352
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