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Overview

Introduction to West Bridgewater, Massachusetts

West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, in Plymouth county, is 5 miles S of Brockton, Massachusetts and 23 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts.

West Bridgewater History

The first permanent European settlers in West Bridgewater arrived in 1651. The city was initially part of Olde Bridgewater, but separated and was incorporated as its own town in 1822. The city was witness to both agricultural and industrial development over the following years. Town Park, located in the West Bridgewater region, is believed to be the first industrial park in U.S.

West Bridgewater and nearby Attractions

  • Blue Hills Trailside Museum
  • Adams National Historic Site
  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • Humarock Beach
  • South Shore Natural Science Center

Things To Do In West Bridgewater

Nearby museums include Blue Hills Trailside Museum, South Shore Natural Science Center and the Easton children’s Museum. Ames Nowell State Park, Freetown Fall River State Forest and Haines Memorial State Park are some of the local parks and recreational areas. Swimming and water sports can be enjoyed at Humarock Beach, Canoe River Campground or at the Evelyn Kiranne Aquatic Center.

West Bridgewater Transportation

Logan International Airport is nearby.

West Bridgewater Higher Education

Nearby colleges include Bridgewater State College, Massasoit Community College, Stonehill College and Babson College.

People

Total Population 7,008
Male Share of the Population 51.1%
Female Share of the Population 48.9%
Senior Citizens 17.1%
Employed Population 16+ 3,484
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 49.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $101,071
% Above Poverty Level 95.4%
% Below Poverty Level 4.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 4.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 22.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,022
Median House Value $303,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13%
US/American 0.4%
English 13.7%
Irish 32%

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

West Bridgewater Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles S of Brockton, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 23 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Plymouth
Standard Zip Codes 02379
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.018
Longitude -71.008

West Bridgewater 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 BROCKTON
Distance 2.2 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches
Station BLUE HILL OBS MILTON
Distance 14.8 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 34 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 81 F
Oct Temp 43 to 60 F
Annual Precip 51.1 inches
Station HINGHAM
Distance 15.6 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 81 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bridgewater 8,516 $72,448
Brockton 94,532 $56,679
East Bridgewater 14,113 $102,569
Easton 23,583 $116,161
Raynham 13,600 $98,700
Whitman 14,715 $90,088

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

West Bridgewater Public Libraries

Library
West Bridgewater Public Library
80 HOWARD STREET
West Bridgewater, Massachusetts
(508) 894-1255
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West Bridgewater High Schools

WEST BRIDGEWATER JR-SR
155 WEST CENTER
508-894-1220
Serves 439 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

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