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Brookline is a town in Norfolk County, in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy metro area.

The community was named for two brooks forming an estate boundary.

The latitude of Brookline is 42.331N. The longitude is -71.121W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 121 feet.

The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 57,107.


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Median household income
Local
$66,711
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Brookline demographic reports
In the 1630s, shortly after the arrival of the Puritans, the land of what would become Brookline was farmland for residents of nearby Boston.

In 1705, Brookline was incorporated as a town.

Brookline began shifting to being a residential community, and away from an agricultural community, in the late-18th century and early-19th century. Wealthy Bostonians, like Senator George Cabot, purchased farms and built weekend and summer homes.

Transportation links into Boston, like the Boston-Worcester Turnpike that was completed in 1804, helped the city grow greatly.

In 1884, an electric trolley, one of the country's first, began operation on Beacon Street.

Known as the "town of millionaires" in the early 1900s.

In the 1700s and 1800s, the majority of the town's residents were German and Irish immigrants who had moved from Boston.At the beginning of the 20th century, a significant Jewish community began to call the town home. By the middle of the century, this would only increase as many Jews from Boston relocated to Brookline.
Public transportation: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 174. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 3 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· President John F. Kennedy
· Frederick Law Olmsted, landscape architect
· Amy Lowell, poet
· Barbara Walters, TV personality
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Peet's Coffee & Tea, Starbucks
Historic sites and museums: Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, Museum of Transportation
Colleges and universities: Hebrew College, Newbury College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Brookline demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Norfolk County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Boston area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 02445 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

7% of Brookline residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Brookline ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Brookline was $44,327, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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77% of Brookline residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Brookline include Beacon Street Historic District, Brookline Town Green Historic District, Chestnut Hill Historic District, Cottage Farm Historic District, Fisher Hill Historic District, Green Hill Historic District, Longwood Historic District, Pill Hill Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Brookline, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $1,212.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $2,634.


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Libraries in Brookline include Brookline Public Library, Coolidge Corner Branch Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Brookline include Brookline TAB

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Brookline restaurants taking online reservations include La Morra, The Fireplace ... View restaurants

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The average commute time for Brookline workers is 28 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 2 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Brookline between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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