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Lowell is a city in Middlesex County, in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy metro area.

The community was named after Francis Cabot Lowell, textile manufacturer.

The latitude of Lowell is 42.633N. The longitude is -71.316W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 118 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 104,351.


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Median household income
Local
$39,192
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Lowell demographic reports
Lowell is at the confluence of the Concord and Merrimack rivers.
Once a textile manufacturing center, where "men and women slept in corporation lodging houses, ate in company dining-rooms, shopped in company stores, and were buried in company lots."

Many mills closed or moved south after the Depression.

Public transportation: Lowell Regional Transit Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 866. The number of murders and homicides was 2. The violent crime rate was 8.2 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1992 movie, "School Ties"
Well-known residents have included:
· Olympia Dukakis, actress
· Bette Davis, actress
· Jack Kerouac, writer
Local festivals include:
  • Lowell Folk Festival - July 27-29, 2007
  • Lowell Celebrates Kerouac - Oct. 4-7, 2007
  • Winterfest Celebration - Feb. 9, 2007
  • Southeast Asian Water Festival - Aug. 18, 2007
Dates often change. Check Lowell web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest, Lowell Heritage State Park
Sports teams: Spinners (minor league baseball), Devils (AHL)
Historic sites and museums: American Textile History Museum, Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell Heritage State Park, New England Quilt Museum, Whistler House Museum of Art
Colleges and universities: University of Massachusetts Lowell, Middlesex 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.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 107
Quotes:
Lowell is the realization of a commercial Utopia.
-- North America
Anthony Trollope

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Lowell demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Middlesex County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Lowell area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 01852 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

2% of Lowell residents report German ancestry, and 18% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Lowell ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Lowell was $17,557, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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18% of Lowell residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Lowell include Andover Street Historic District, Lowell Locks and Canals Historic District, Merrimack - Middle Streets Historic District, South Common Historic District, Tyler Park Historic District, Wamesit Canal-Whipple Mill Industrial Complex, Washington Square Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Lowell, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $556.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,147.


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Libraries in Lowell include Samuel S. Pollard Memorial Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Lowell include Lowell Sun

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The average commute time for Lowell workers is 24 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 14 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Lowell between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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“ Lowell is the realization of a commercial Utopia. ”
~ North America
Anthony Trollope

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