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Fall River is a city in Bristol County, in the Providence-New Bedford metro area.

The latitude of Fall River is 41.701N. The longitude is -71.155W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 108 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 92,760.


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Median household income
Local
$29,014
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Fall River demographic reports
Fall River is on Mount Hope Bay, at the mouth of the Taunton River.
Former and merged names include:
· Troy
The city was once a national center for cotton textiles. During the heyday of boat travel, the local steamship line carried nearly half a million passengers a year from New York.

Fall River went bankrupt in 1930 and was managed by the state for a decade.

Skilled British textile workers, from Lancashire and Yorkshire, settled here to work at the mills.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,067. The number of murders and homicides was 3. The violent crime rate was 11.5 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Lizzie Borden, accused and acquitted in axe-murders of her parents
Nearby parks & recreation: State Pier, Freetown - Fall River State Forest
Fall River attractions: Fall River Carousel
Historic sites and museums: Battleship Cove, Fall River Heritage State Park, Marine Museum at Fall River, Fall River Carousel, Fall River Historical Society
Colleges and universities: Bristol Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
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National index: 100
Local index: 97
Quotes:
Fall River, strikingly outlined against the sky on a long steep hill crest across Mount Hope Bay, looks both larger than it is and very foreign.
-- WPA Guide to Massachusetts, 1937

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1% of Fall River residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Fall River ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Fall River was $16,118, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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11% of Fall River residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Fall River include Corky Row Historic District, Downtown Fall River Historic District, Highlands Historic District, Lower Highlands Historic District ... View historic districts

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Median rent in Fall River, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $359.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,054.


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Libraries in Fall River include East End Branch Library, Fall River Public Library, South Branch Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Fall River include Fall River Herald News, Herald News

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The average commute time for Fall River workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 9 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Fall River between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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“ Fall River, strikingly outlined against the sky on a long steep hill crest across Mount Hope Bay, looks both larger than it is and very foreign. ”
~ WPA Guide to Massachusetts, 1937

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