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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population23,310
Male Share of the Population50.1%
Female Share of the Population49.9%
Senior Citizens14.8%
Employed Population 16+12,534
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married56.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher38.2%
Median Earnings25+$55,031
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$38,603

Wealth

Median Family Income$118,375
% Above Poverty Level97.1%
% Below Poverty Level2.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.5%
% Using Public Transportation4.2%

Housing

People Living Alone17.3%
Median Gross Rent$1,696
Median House Value$390,800

Ancestry

Irish31.4%
Italian25.6%
English11.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)10%
French Except Basque5.3%
Canadian4.8%
Portuguese4.1%
Scottish3.8%
Polish3.4%
Greek2.1%
Lithuanian1.2%
African1%
Brazilian1%
Russian1%
Swedish0.8%
US/American0.7%
Kenyan0.7%
Dutch0.7%
Danishn0.5%
Arab0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
West Indian0.2%
Haitian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Finnish0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Cape Verdean0.1%
Albanian0.1%
German0.1%
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Wilmington Almanac

CategoryValue
County Middlesex County
Standard Zip Codes1887
Phone Area Codes978
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.55
Approximate Longitude-71.16

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)

StationREADING
Distance2.9 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp35 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip48.3 inches
StationLOWELL
Distance12.1 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
StationMARBLEHEAD
Distance16 miles
Jan Temp20 to 37 F
Apr Temp38 to 57 F
Jul Temp63 to 82 F
Oct Temp45 to 62 F
Annual Precip45.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Billerica42,228$108,006
Burlington25,698$110,517
North Reading15,476$142,266
Reading25,490$130,577
Tewksbury30,378$109,560
Woburn39,220$101,373

Wilmington Public Libraries

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

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Wilmington Public Schools

Boutwell
17 Boutwell Avenue
ZIP: 1887
(978) 694-6070
Primary
Total Enrollment 129
North Intermediate
320 Salem Street
ZIP: 1887
(978) 694-6040
Middle
Total Enrollment 320
Shawsheen Elementary
298 Shawsheen Avenue
ZIP: 1887
(978) 694-6030
Primary
Total Enrollment 373
West Intermediate
22 Carter Lane
ZIP: 1887
(978) 694-6050
Middle
Total Enrollment 257
Wildwood
182 Wildwood Street
ZIP: 1887
(978) 694-6010
Primary
Total Enrollment 148
Wilmington High
159 Church Street
ZIP: 1887
(978) 694-6060
High
Total Enrollment 930
Wilmington Middle School
25 Carter Lane
ZIP: 1887
(978) 694-6080
Middle
Total Enrollment 841
Woburn Street
227 Woburn Street
ZIP: 1887
(978) 694-6020
Primary
Total Enrollment 450
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