Lincoln, Massachusetts

Lincoln, Massachusetts

Lincoln, Massachusetts is located approximately 20 miles west of Boston. It is a small town with a population of just under 6,000 people. The geography of the town is mainly rural and wooded, with many rivers and streams running through it. The climate in Lincoln is typical of New England winters with cold temperatures and snowfall, while summers tend to be mild and humid. See topbbacolleges for information about Barnstable County, Massachusetts.

The history of Lincoln dates back to 1654 when it was established as a part of Concord. In 1754 it became its own independent town, named after the great Abraham Lincoln. The politics in Lincoln are mainly conservative although there are some more progressive-leaning members in the community as well.

The economy in Lincoln is mainly based on agriculture and forestry industries, but there are many small businesses throughout the town as well. There are also several schools located in Lincoln including a public elementary school and a private high school.

When it comes to landmarks, there are many historic sites throughout the town such as the Old Manse Museum which was built in 1770 by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s grandfather; the Thoreau Institute which was built in 1845; and the historic Town Hall which was built in 1791. Additionally, there are several parks throughout Lincoln such as Prospect Hill Park which offers trails for hiking and mountain biking; Beaver Brook Reservation which offers views of ponds, meadows, wetlands, woodlands; and Minuteman National Park where visitors can explore Revolutionary War era monuments and more.

Population: 8,056. Estimated population in July 2020: 7,931 (-1.6% change)
Males: 3,914 (48.6%), Females: 4,142 (51.4%)

Middlesex County

Median resident age: 35.3 years
Median household income: $79,003
Median house value: $590,300

Races in Lincoln:

  • White Non-Hispanic (85.8%)
  • Black (4.8%)
  • Hispanic (3.0%)
  • Chinese (2.1%)
  • Two or more races (2.1%)
  • Other race (1.3%)
  • American Indian (0.7%)
  • Other Asian (0.5%)

Ancestries: English (21.2%), Irish (16.8%), German (14.6%), Italian (13.3%), United States (6.8%), Scottish (4.3%).

Elevation: 258 feet

Lincoln, Massachusetts



Lincoln, Massachusetts is a small town located about 20 miles west of Boston. It has a population of about 6,500 people and covers an area of 24 square miles. The town has a rich history, with its first settlers arriving in the 1630s.

The cost of living in Lincoln is slightly above the national average due to its proximity to Boston. Housing costs are higher than the national average as well, with median home values sitting around $700,000. Rent for a one bedroom apartment averages around $2,000 per month. Despite these high prices, Lincoln remains an attractive option for many due to its close proximity to Boston and the numerous amenities it offers. Public transportation is easily accessible with several bus routes running through town and commuter rail service providing access to Boston and other nearby towns. There are also several parks and trails throughout the town offering plenty of recreational activities such as camping, fishing, hiking, biking, and more. The town also boasts a variety of restaurants from casual eateries to upscale dining options catering to a range of tastes and budgets.

For population 25 years and over in Lincoln

  • High school or higher: 98.7%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 69.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 40.7%
  • Unemployed: 1.9%
  • Mean travel time to work: 25.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Lincoln town

  • Never married: 17.6%
  • Now married: 73.1%
  • Separated: 0.7%
  • Widowed: 3.1%
  • Divorced: 5.5%

6.9% Foreign born (2.8% Asia, 2.8% Europe, 0.7% Latin America).


Hospitals/medical centers near Lincoln:

  • EMERSON HOSPITAL (about 6 miles; W CONCORD, MA)


Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Lincoln:

  • LAURENCE G HANSCOM FLD (about 4 miles; BEDFORD, MA; Abbreviation: BED)
  • GENERAL EDWARD LAWRENCE LOGAN INTL (about 22 miles; BOSTON, MA; Abbreviation: BOS)
  • MANCHESTER (about 36 miles; MANCHESTER, NH; Abbreviation: MHT)

Other public-use airports nearest to Lincoln:

  • MINUTE MAN AIR FIELD (about 15 miles; STOW, MA; Abbreviation: 6B6)
  • MARLBORO (about 15 miles; MARLBORO, MA; Abbreviation: 9B1)
  • NORWOOD MEMORIAL (about 20 miles; NORWOOD, MA; Abbreviation: OWD)

Amtrak stations near Lincoln:

  • 13 miles: WOBURN (100 ATLANTIC AVE.). Services: ticket office.
  • 13 miles: FRAMINGHAM (443 WAVERLY ST.). Services: public payphones, snack bar, paid short-term parking, taxi stand, public transit connection.
  • 17 miles: BACK BAY (BOSTON, 145 DARTMOUTH ST.). Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, ATM, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand, public transit connection.

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Lincoln:

  • MIDDLESEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 6 miles; BEDFORD, MA; Full-time enrollment: 4,501)
  • BENTLEY COLLEGE (about 7 miles; WALTHAM, MA; Full-time enrollment: 4,651)
  • WELLESLEY COLLEGE (about 8 miles; WELLESLEY, MA; Full-time enrollment: 2,241)
  • MASSACHUSETTS BAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 8 miles; WELLESLEY HILLS, MA; Full-time enrollment: 2,938)
  • BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY (about 11 miles; WALTHAM, MA; Full-time enrollment: 4,444)
  • FRAMINGHAM STATE COLLEGE (about 12 miles; FRAMINGHAM, MA; Full-time enrollment: 4,185)
  • BOSTON COLLEGE (about 12 miles; CHESTNUT HILL, MA; Full-time enrollment: 13,341)

Private high school in Lincoln:

  • THE CARROLL SCHOOL (Students: 235; Location: BAKER BRIDGE ROAD; Grades: 1 – 12)

Public primary/middle school in Lincoln:

  • LINCOLN SCHOOL (Students: 718; Location: BALLFIELD RD; Grades: PK – 08)


Library in Lincoln:

  • LINCOLN PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $638,151; Location: BEDFORD ROAD; 74,211 books; 5,555 audio materials; 2,253 video materials; 190 serial subscriptions)
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