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Overview

Introduction to Wilmington, Massachusetts

Wilmington, Massachusetts, in Middlesex county, is 9 miles N of Medford, Massachusetts and 14 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is part of the Boston metropolitan statistical area.

Wilmington History

The first settlers arrived in Wilmington in the year 1665, and the town was officially incorporated in 1730. The Middlesex Canal that passed through Wilmington provided passenger transport and freight between the Merrimack River and Boston. 1835 witnessed the construction of the Boston and Lowell Railroad which led to the rapid development of Wilmington. Due to industrial chemical contamination, Wilmington is often considered a cancer cluster. The town is also famous as the place of discovery of the Baldwin apple.

Wilmington and nearby Attractions

  • Wilmington Memorial Library
  • Silver Lake Town Hall
  • Southeast Wilmington Industrial Park
  • Silver Lake Town Beach
  • Maple Meadow Brook
  • Saint Dorothys Catholic Church

Things To Do In Wilmington

The town of Wilmington is steeped in history that is reflected in the historical and cultural buildings around the town. To get a better knowledge of the town’s history, one can pay a visit to the memorial buildings, town halls and libraries. Another attraction in Wilmington is the Silver Lake Town Beach, which has become a popular tourist haunt over the years. Besides, the town has some beautiful brooks like the Maple Meadow Brook, the Lubbers Brook and the Mill Brook. Churches can be found in abundance along the streets of the town. Visitors can also enjoy the recreational facilities offered at the parks, or simply browse through the numerous shopping centers like the Wilmington Plaza Shopping Center, the E-Z-Way Shopping Center or the East Gate Shopping Center.

Wilmington Transportation

Air transportation is available from Boston Logan International Airport.

Wilmington Higher Education

Merrimack College is nearby.

People

Total Population 23,141
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 14%
Employed Population 16+ 12,199
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 58.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 37.1%
Median Earnings25+ $51,956
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,672
Median Earnings With High School Degree $37,147

Wealth

Median Family Income $110,696
% Above Poverty Level 97%
% Below Poverty Level 3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.5%
% Using Public Transportation 3.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 15.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,624
Median House Value $378,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.2%
US/American 0.6%
English 10.8%
Irish 31.8%

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

Wilmington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles N of Medford, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 14 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 01887
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.546
Longitude -71.174

Wilmington 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 READING
Distance 2.9 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Station LOWELL
Distance 12.1 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 33 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 85 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 43.1 inches
Station MARBLEHEAD
Distance 16 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 63 to 82 F
Oct Temp 45 to 62 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Billerica 41,956 $106,812
Burlington 25,467 $109,726
North Reading 15,396 $144,451
Reading 25,357 $124,485
Tewksbury 30,115 $107,734
Woburn 39,104 $97,015

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

Wilmington Public Libraries

Library
Wilmington Memorial Library
175 MIDDLESEX AVE.
Wilmington, Massachusetts
(978) 658-2967
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Wilmington High Schools

WILMINGTON HIGH
159 CHURCH STREET
978-694-6060
Serves 878 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

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