Region of Massachusetts
|Largest city (population)||New Bedford (95,072)|
|Largest town (area)||Plymouth (134 square miles)|
|Subregions||Cape Cod and Islands, South Coast, South Shore|
|• Total||11,231 km2 (4,336.4 sq mi)|
|• Land||6,092 km2 (2,352.3 sq mi)|
|• Water||5,138 km2 (1,983.9 sq mi)|
|• Density||180/km2 (460/sq mi)|
Southeastern Massachusetts consists of those portions of Massachusetts located along Buzzards Bay, including the cities of New Bedford and Fall River and their respective suburbs. Despite the location of Cape Cod and the islands to its south, which are the southeasternmost parts of the state, they are not always grouped in this designation. At its broadest definition, it includes all of Massachusetts south of Boston and southeast of Worcester, while at its narrowest definition, it is Bristol County and the Western portion of Plymouth County.
As Southeastern Massachusetts is not an official designation, its borders are not exactly defined.
At its broadest definition, it includes all of Plymouth and Bristol counties (particularly the South Coast along Buzzards Bay and the South Shore along Cape Cod Bay), most of the cities and towns in Norfolk County, and even some towns in Worcester County. At its narrowest definition, it includes all of Bristol County, the western part of Plymouth County and the southwestern part of Norfolk County, with the South Shore and Metro-South areas being counted separately.
The terms "Southeastern Massachusetts," "Southeastern New England", and "Southern New England" are much-used by Providence-area broadcasters and other local companies and organizations but are not used as frequently in other parts of Massachusetts.
The Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD) task force, which concerns Southeastern Massachusetts in its broadest definition, describes:
For this effort, southeastern[ sic ] Massachusetts is defined as fifty-two cities and towns from Bristol, Plymouth and Norfolk Counties. The region is geographically defined by Massachusetts Bay, Buzzards Bay, The[ sic ] Taunton River watershed, and its location relative to Boston, Rhode Island and Cape Cod. Bristol County, Massachusetts and Bristol County, Rhode Island are contiguous and are the only counties in the nation where Portuguese Americans make up the plurality of the population. This is due to the Portuguese-American population, the Portuguese-Brazilian population, and the Portuguese-Cape Verdean population that came to Southern New England in the 19th century to do the much needed whaling work; in fact, New Bedford is called "the Whaling City."
...[it] is home to approximately one million people residing in over 1,300 square miles (3,400 km2). We have been adding 10,000 new residents and consuming 4.7 square miles (12 km2) of undeveloped land each year for the past thirty years, and new transportation improvements (commuter rail, Route 44 and Route 3 & 24 improvements) continue to attract more growth. Southeastern Massachusetts comprises several clearly defined sub-regions, including the South Shore, the South Coast and the Tri-City area around Brockton, Attleboro and Taunton. Despite the diversity within the region, the fifty-two cities and towns all have common concerns and opportunities.
Taunton, Brockton, Fall River, and New Bedford are the largest cities in Southeastern Massachusetts and are close to one another in size. All four have a strong Portuguese presence. In 2000, 43.9% of Fall River residents identified as being of Portuguese heritage. This is the highest percentage of Portuguese Americans in the country. Most of the population claims to be of Azorean origin, many from São Miguel Island. There are smaller, but significant presences of other Portuguese-speaking communities, such as other Azorean Islanders, Portuguese from mainland Portugal, Madeirans, Cape Verdeans, Brazilians, and Angolans. In 2000 New Bedford had the second highest percentage of Portuguese Americans with 38.6% of residents reporting that ancestry. New Bedford is also 8.0% Cape Verdean, 4.39% African American and 7.1% Puerto Rican, and 3% were other Hispanics, In 2000 it was 75% White alone.
Like most of the state, Southeastern Massachusetts is ethnically, racially, linguistically, and Religiously diverse. However, Portuguese-speakers are especially well represented in this area (especially Bristol County) due to a pattern of immigration that began in the 19th century and was tied to the whaling industry. Today, many people in Southeastern Massachusetts, most notability Bristol County, trace their ancestry to mainland Portugal and the Azores. Quincy, Milton, and Randolph are all in Norfolk County and are included in the Southeastern Massachusetts definition; they are populated by Irish Americans, British Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans and Latin Americans. Irish Americans dominate Norfolk County, Bristol County and Plymouth County which has been known as the "Irish Riviera". Cape Verdean Americans, Brazilian Americans, Angolan Americans, African Americans, Arab Americans, Irish Americans, British Americans, Portuguese Americans, Asian Americans, Latin Americans, Spanish Americans, Chinese Americans, Russian Americans, Turkish Americans, German Americans, Polish Americans, Swedish Americans, French Americans, Lebanese Americans, Italian Americans, and Greek Americans preside over Brockton, Taunton, Fall River and New Bedford.
|Municipality||Type||County||Form of government||Population |
|Abington||Town||Plymouth||Open town meeting||15,985||1712|
|Acushnet||Town||Bristol||Open town meeting||10,303||1860|
|Aquinnah||Town||Dukes||Open town meeting||311||1870|
|Avon||Town||Norfolk||Open town meeting||4,356||1888|
|Bellingham||Town||Norfolk||Open town meeting||16,332||1719|
|Berkley||Town||Bristol||Open town meeting||6,411||1735|
|Blackstone||Town||Worcester||Open town meeting||9,026||1845|
|Bourne||Town||Barnstable||Open town meeting||19,754||1884|
|Brewster||Town||Barnstable||Open town meeting||9,820||1803|
|Canton||Town||Norfolk||Open town meeting||21,561||1797|
|Carver||Town||Plymouth||Open town meeting||11,509||1790|
|Chatham||Town||Barnstable||Open town meeting||6,125||1712|
|Chilmark||Town||Dukes||Open town meeting||866||1714|
|Cohasset||Town||Norfolk||Open town meeting||7,542||1775|
|Dartmouth||Town||Bristol||Representative town meeting||34,032||1664|
|Dedham||Town||Norfolk||Representative town meeting||24,729||1636|
|Dennis||Town||Barnstable||Open town meeting||14,207||1793|
|Dighton||Town||Bristol||Open town meeting||7,086||1712|
|Douglas||Town||Worcester||Open town meeting||8,471||1775|
|Dover||Town||Norfolk||Open town meeting||5,589||1836|
|Duxbury||Town||Plymouth||Open town meeting||15,059||1637|
|East Bridgewater||Town||Plymouth||Open town meeting||13,794||1823|
|Eastham||Town||Barnstable||Open town meeting||4,956||1646|
|Easton||Town||Bristol||Open town meeting||23,112||1725|
|Edgartown||Town||Dukes||Open town meeting||4,067||1671|
|Fairhaven||Town||Bristol||Representative town meeting||15,873||1812|
|Falmouth||Town||Barnstable||Representative town meeting||31,531||1686|
|Foxborough||Town||Norfolk||Open town meeting||16,865||1778|
|Freetown||Town||Bristol||Open town meeting||8,870||1683|
|Grafton||Town||Worcester||Open town meeting||17,765||1735|
|Gosnold||Town||Dukes||Open town meeting||75||1864|
|Halifax||Town||Plymouth||Open town meeting||7,518||1734|
|Hanover||Town||Plymouth||Open town meeting||13,879||1727|
|Hanson||Town||Plymouth||Open town meeting||10,209||1820|
|Harwich||Town||Barnstable||Open town meeting||12,243||1694|
|Hingham||Town||Plymouth||Open town meeting||22,157||1635|
|Holbrook||Town||Norfolk||Representative town meeting||10,791||1872|
|Hopedale||Town||Worcester||Open town meeting||5,911||1886|
|Hull||Town||Plymouth||Open town meeting||10,293||1644|
|Kingston||Town||Plymouth||Open town meeting||12,629||1726|
|Lakeville||Town||Plymouth||Open town meeting||10,602||1853|
|Mansfield||Town||Bristol||Open town meeting||23,184||1775|
|Marion||Town||Plymouth||Open town meeting||4,907||1852|
|Marshfield||Town||Plymouth||Open town meeting||25,132||1640|
|Mashpee||Town||Barnstable||Open town meeting||14,006||1870|
|Mattapoisett||Town||Plymouth||Open town meeting||6,045||1857|
|Medfield||Town||Norfolk||Open town meeting||12,024||1651|
|Medway||Town||Norfolk||Open town meeting||12,752||1713|
|Mendon||Town||Worcester||Open town meeting||5,839||1667|
|Middleborough||Town||Plymouth||Open town meeting||23,116||1669|
|Milford||Town||Worcester||Representative town meeting||27,999||1780|
|Millbury||Town||Worcester||Open town meeting||13,261||1813|
|Millis||Town||Norfolk||Open town meeting||7,891||1885|
|Millville||Town||Worcester||Open town meeting||3,190||1916|
|Milton||Town||Norfolk||Representative town meeting||27,003||1662|
|Nantucket||Town||Nantucket||Open town meeting||10,172||1671|
|Norfolk||Town||Norfolk||Open town meeting||11,227||1870|
|North Attleborough||Town||Bristol||Representative town meeting||28,712||1887|
|Northbridge||Town||Worcester||Open town meeting||15,707||1775|
|Norton||Town||Bristol||Open town meeting||19,031||1711|
|Norwell||Town||Plymouth||Open town meeting||10,506||1849|
|Norwood||Town||Norfolk||Representative town meeting||28,602||1872|
|Oak Bluffs||Town||Dukes||Open town meeting||4,527||1880|
|Orleans||Town||Barnstable||Open town meeting||5,890||1797|
|Pembroke||Town||Plymouth||Open town meeting||17,837||1712|
|Plainville||Town||Norfolk||Open town meeting||8,264||1905|
|Plymouth||Town||Plymouth||Representative town meeting||56,468||1620|
|Plympton||Town||Plymouth||Open town meeting||2,820||1707|
|Provincetown||Town||Barnstable||Open town meeting||2,942||1727|
|Raynham||Town||Bristol||Open town meeting||13,383||1731|
|Rehoboth||Town||Bristol||Open town meeting||11,608||1645|
|Rochester||Town||Plymouth||Open town meeting||5,232||1686|
|Rockland||Town||Plymouth||Open town meeting||17,489||1874|
|Sandwich||Town||Barnstable||Open town meeting||20,675||1638|
|Scituate||Town||Plymouth||Open town meeting||18,133||1636|
|Seekonk||Town||Bristol||Open town meeting||13,722||1812|
|Sharon||Town||Norfolk||Open town meeting||17,612||1775|
|Somerset||Town||Bristol||Open town meeting||18,165||1790|
|Stoughton||Town||Norfolk||Representative town meeting||26,962||1726|
|Sutton||Town||Worcester||Open town meeting||8,963||1714|
|Swansea||Town||Bristol||Open town meeting||15,865||1667|
|Tisbury||Town||Dukes||Open town meeting||3,949||1671|
|Truro||Town||Barnstable||Open town meeting||2,003||1709|
|Upton||Town||Worcester||Open town meeting||7,542||1735|
|Uxbridge||Town||Worcester||Open town meeting||13,457||1727|
|Walpole||Town||Norfolk||Representative town meeting||24,070||1724|
|Wareham||Town||Plymouth||Open town meeting||21,822||1739|
|Wellfleet||Town||Barnstable||Open town meeting||2,750||1775|
|West Bridgewater||Town||Plymouth||Open town meeting||6,916||1822|
|West Tisbury||Town||Dukes||Open town meeting||2,740||1892|
|Westport||Town||Bristol||Open town meeting||15,532||1787|
|Westwood||Town||Norfolk||Open town meeting||14,618||1897|
|Whitman||Town||Plymouth||Open town meeting||14,489||1875|
|Wrentham||Town||Norfolk||Open town meeting||10,955||1673|
|Yarmouth||Town||Barnstable||Open town meeting||23,793||1639|
The following tabular list shows the 12 government divisions of Southeastern Massachusetts which have been officially granted the right to use the city form of government along with the official name in use by each municipality.
|Municipality||Official name||Web reference|
|Attleboro||City of Attleboro||http://www.cityofattleboro.us/|
|Barnstable||Town of Barnstable||http://www.town.barnstable.ma.us/|
|Braintree||Town of Braintree||http://www.townofbraintreegov.org/|
|Bridgewater||Town of Bridgewater||http://www.bridgewaterma.org/|
|Brockton||City of Brockton||http://www.brockton.ma.us/|
|Fall River||City of Fall River||http://www.fallriverma.org/|
|Franklin||Town of Franklin||http://www.franklinma.gov/|
|New Bedford||City of New Bedford||http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/|
|Quincy||City of Quincy||http://www.quincyma.gov/|
|Randolph||Town of Randolph||https://www.randolph-ma.gov/|
|Taunton||City of Taunton||http://www.taunton-ma.gov|
|Weymouth||Town of Weymouth||http://www.weymouth.ma.us/|
Institutions of higher learning which serve Southeastern Massachusetts communities include:
Cape Cod is a geographic cape extending into the Atlantic Ocean from the southeastern corner of mainland Massachusetts, in the northeastern United States. Its historic, maritime character and ample beaches attract heavy tourism during the summer months.
Barnstable County is a county located in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. At the 2010 census, the population was 215,888. Its county seat is Barnstable. The county consists of Cape Cod and associated islands.
Bristol County is a county in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As of the 2010 census, the population was 548,285. The county seat is Taunton. Some governmental functions are performed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, others by the county, and others by local towns and cities. See administrative divisions of Massachusetts. The property deed records are kept in Taunton, Attleboro, Fall River, and New Bedford.
Dartmouth is a coastal town in Bristol County, Massachusetts. Old Dartmouth was the first area of Southeastern Massachusetts to be settled by Europeans, primarily English. Dartmouth is part of New England's farm coast, which consists of a chain of historic coastal villages, vineyards, and farms. June 8, 2014 marked the 350th year of Dartmouth's incorporation as a town. It is also part of the Massachusetts South Coast. The local weekly newspapers are The Dartmouth/Westport Chronicle and Dartmouth Week.
Middleborough is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 23,116 at the 2010 census.
Bourne is a town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 19,754 at the 2010 census.
The South Shore of Massachusetts is a geographic region stretching south and east from Boston toward Cape Cod along the shores of Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay. It is subject to varying descriptions including municipalities in eastern Norfolk and Plymouth counties. The South Shore is an affluent area. The median income of the region as of 2020 is $104,691. The median home value of the region as of 2020 is $574,831.
Greater Boston is the metropolitan region of New England encompassing the municipality of Boston, the capital of the U.S. state of Massachusetts and the most populous city in New England, as well as its surrounding areas. The region forms the northern arc of the US northeast megalopolis and as such, Greater Boston can be described either as a metropolitan statistical area (MSA), or as a broader combined statistical area (CSA). The MSA consists of most of the eastern third of Massachusetts, excluding the South Coast region and Cape Cod; while the CSA additionally includes the municipalities of Providence, Rhode Island, Manchester, Worcester, Massachusetts, as well as the South Coast region and Cape Cod in Massachusetts. While the small footprint of the city of Boston itself only contains an estimated 685,094, the urbanization has extended well into surrounding areas and the CSA has a population of over 8 million people, making it one of the most populous such regions in the U.S. The CSA is one of two in Massachusetts, the only other being Greater Springfield. Greater Boston is the only CSA-form statistical area in New England which crosses into three states.
Area codes 508 and 774 are telephone area codes in the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) for the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The numbering plan area comprises south-central and most of southeastern Massachusetts. It includes Worcester, Outer south and southwest Greater Boston, as well as Fall River, New Bedford, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket.
Cape Verdean Americans are an ethnic group of Americans whose ancestors were Cape Verdean. In 2010, the American Community Survey stated that there were 95,003 Americans living in the US with Cape Verdean ancestors.
Buzzards Bay is a bay of the Atlantic Ocean adjacent to the U.S. state of Massachusetts. It is approximately 28 miles long by 8 miles wide. It is a popular destination for fishing, boating, and tourism. Since 1914, Buzzards Bay has been connected to Cape Cod Bay by the Cape Cod Canal. In 1988, under the Clean Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts designated Buzzards Bay to the National Estuary Program, as "an estuary of national significance" that is threatened by pollution, land development, or overuse.
Route 28 is a 151.9329-mile-long (244.5123 km) nominally south–north state highway in the U.S. state of Massachusetts, running from the town of Eastham via Boston to the New Hampshire state line in Methuen. Following the route from its nominally southern end, Route 28 initially heads south to the town of Chatham then turns west to follow along the south shore of Cape Cod. In Falmouth, Route 28 turns north and continues through the western reaches of Plymouth and Norfolk counties, and travels for a while through Route 25. It then cuts through downtown Boston before heading north via Lawrence to the New Hampshire state line, where it continues as New Hampshire Route 28. Coincidentally, Route 28 travels through 28 municipalities.
The South Coast of Massachusetts is the region of southeastern Massachusetts consisting of southern Bristol and Plymouth counties bordering Buzzards Bay, and includes the cities of Fall River, New Bedford, the southeastern tip of East Taunton and nearby towns. The term is recent, dating to the 1990s, and sometimes confused with the South Shore.
Massachusetts's sixteenth congressional district is an obsolete district. It was also for a short time in the early 19th century a Massachusetts District of Maine. It was eliminated in 1933 after the 1930 Census. Its last location was in eastern Massachusetts at Cape Cod. Its last Congressman was Charles L. Gifford, who was redistricted into the fifteenth district.
First Citizens' Federal Credit Union is a federally chartered credit union headquartered in Fairhaven, Massachusetts in the AT&T Building on Mill Road.
Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School is a public vocational high school located in Fall River, Massachusetts. The high school serves a regional school district comprising the city of Fall River, and the surrounding towns of Somerset, Swansea and Westport. The school has an enrollment of over 1,400 students and offers vocational technical programs in 18 different programs, including Automotive Collision, Repair, and Refinishing; Auto Technology; Building and Property Maintenance; Business Technology; Carpentry-Cabinetmaking; Culinary Arts; Dental Assisting; Drafting; Electricity; Electronics; Graphic Communication; Health Assisting; Heating, Ventilation, Conditioning, and Refrigeration; Machine Tool Technology;Medical Assisting; Metal Fabrication & Joining Technology; Plumbing; Programming and Web development.
Middleborough station is a planned MBTA Commuter Rail station in Middleborough, Massachusetts. It is expected to open in late 2023 as part of the South Coast Rail project, replacing Middleborough/Lakeville station for regular service. The station will have a single side platform located inside the wye between the Middleborough Main Line and the Middleboro Secondary.