Milton, Massachusetts

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Blue Hills Weather Observatory
Blue Hills Weather Observatory
Location in Massachusetts
Milton, Massachusetts
Basic data
Foundation : 1662
State : United States
State : Massachusetts
County : Norfolk County
Coordinates : 42 ° 14 ′  N , 71 ° 5 ′  W Coordinates: 42 ° 14 ′  N , 71 ° 5 ′  W
Time zone : Eastern ( UTC − 5 / −4 )
Residents : 27.003 (as of 2010)
Population density : 798.9 inhabitants per km 2
Area : 34.4 km 2  (approx. 13 mi 2 ) of
which 33.8 km 2  (approx. 13 mi 2 ) are land
Height : 35 m
Postal code : 02186
Area code : +1 617/857
FIPS : 25-41690
GNIS ID : 0619459
Website :
Governor Hutchinsons Field Milton MA01.jpg
Governor Hutchinsons Field

Milton is a town in Norfolk County in the state of Massachusetts in the United States . In 2010, 27,003 people lived there in 9,700 households on an area of ​​34.4 km².

Milton is the most “Irish” city in the United States of America in percentage terms , with 43% of its population being of Irish descent.


According to the United States Census Bureau , Milton has a total area of ​​34.4 km² (13.3 mi² ), of which 33.8 km² (13.0 mi²) are pure land area. Milton has 0.6 km² (0.2 mi²) of water, which corresponds to a share of 1.81%.

Geographical location

Milton is in northeast Norfolk County and borders Boston to the north . The Neponset River forms the border with Boston and flows eastward. It flows into the Atlantic Ocean in neighboring Quincy . There are only a few, smaller lakes in the Milton area. The largest is Houghton's Pond to the south in the Blue Hills Reservation . The surface of the area is rather flat in the north, crossed by several hills in the south, the highest point of which is the 193 m high Great Blue Hill .

Neighboring communities

All distances are given as straight lines between the official coordinates of the places from the 2010 census.

City structure

The main settlement areas in Milton are Milton Village and East Milton .


The mean mean temperature in Milton is between −2.2 ° C (28  ° F ) in January and 22.2 ° C (72 ° F) in July. This means that the place is about 2 degrees cooler in winter compared to the long-term average for the United States. The snowfall between October and May is well over two meters (with a peak in January of just under 40 cm) about twice as high as the average snow depth in the USA. The daily sunshine duration is at the lower end of the range in the USA.


Milton was settled in 1640 by the first Puritan immigrants who immigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630 . At first, Milton belonged to Dorchester. Milton was then organized as an independent town in 1662. For more than 200 years after its inception, Milton remained a small agricultural community with industries along the banks of the Neponset River. After the American Revolutionary War , the population rose sharply and the Old Colony Railroad connected Milton with Boston.

Population development

Census Results - Town of Milton, Massachusetts
year 1800 1810 1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890
Residents 2241 2669 2683 3206 4278
year 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990
Residents 6578 7924 9382 16434 18708 22395 26375 27190 25860 25725
year 2000 2010 2020 2030 2040 2050 2060 2070 2080 2090
Residents 26062 27003

Culture and sights


Milton has a number of structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, National Historic Landmarks, and Historic Districts. These include the historic Blue Hills Reservation Parkways , the Gov. Thomas Hutchinson's Ha-ha and the Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory .


The Governor Hutchinson's Field is about 10 acres (4 ha) nature reserve, which is managed by the organization The Trustees of Reservations. It is the only access to the neighboring Pierce Reservation. Another nature reserve in Milton is the Blue Hills Reservation State Park . It is part of the Metropolitan Park System of Greater Boston .

Economy and Infrastructure

Milton has been a well-known watermill site for centuries due to the many mills along the Neponset River. These included a grist mill, a gunpowder mill, a paper mill, and a chocolate mill. These mills were believed to be some of the oldest of their kind in New England. Other industries settled around these mills.

The Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory was built on Great Blue Hill in the south of the town . It is the oldest weather station in North America.


Interstate 93 runs north-south through eastern Milton . It connects Milton in the north with Boston. The Massachusetts Route 28 and Massachusetts Route 138 also extend from north to south central and the west of Milton.

Public transportation is ensured by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority , which also connects Milton with Boston.

Public facilities

There are several medical facilities in Milton. Others are available to residents in Boston and Quincy.

The Milton Public Library has its origins in the 17th century, but the first public library was established in 1870 following a decision by the community assembly and opened in February 1871.


There are six public schools in Milton. These include four elementary schools:

  • Collicot Elementary School
  • Cunningham Elementary School
  • Glover Elementary School
  • Tucker Elementary School

As secondary schools there are Pierce Middle School and Milton High School.

In addition, several private schools: Fontbonne Academy, St. Mary of the Hills, St. Agatha's, Thacher Montessori School, Carriage House Schools and Delphi Academy.

The Milton Academy , a college preparatory college, and Curry College , a small arts college, are also located in Milton.


George HW Bush

Milton is the birth town of Massachusetts State Lieutenant Edward Robbins and the President of the United States George HW Bush . Due to the Milton Academy, the city is also the home of writers and musicians like Hal Clement .


  • Albert Kendall Teele, Boston Public Library: The history of Milton, Mass., 1640 to 1877 . Boston: Press of Rockwell and Churchill, 1887 (English).

Individual evidence

  1. Milton in the United States Geological Survey's Geographic Names Information System , accessed March 16, 2019
  2. American FactFinder - Community Facts. In:, accessed March 16, 2019 .
  3. Great Blue Hill. In: Retrieved March 16, 2019 .
  4. a b Milton, Massachusetts (MA 02186) profile: population, maps, real estate, averages, homes, statistics, relocation, travel, jobs, hospitals, schools, crime, moving, houses, news, sex offenders. In:, accessed on March 16, 2019 .
  5. a b Town of Milton History. In: Retrieved March 16, 2019 .
  6. Population 1850-2010 according to census results
  7. Overview. In: Milton Public Library, accessed March 16, 2019 .
  8. ^ Family Resources. In: Retrieved March 16, 2019 .

Web links

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