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

The latitude of New Bedford is 41.636N. The longitude is -70.934W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 95 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 94,112.


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Median household income
Local
$27,569
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our New Bedford demographic reports
New Bedford is on the Acushnet River, on Buzzards Bay.
Once the nation's whaling and shipping center.

With the discovery of oil in Pennsylvania, whaling declined; textile manufacturing took its place in the local economy.

English textile workers, from Lancashire and Yorkshire, moved here in the 19th century to work at the mills.
Public transportation: Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 679. The number of murders and homicides was 11. The violent crime rate was 7.2 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1956 movie, "Moby Dick"
Well-known residents have included:
· Frederick Douglass, abolitionist
· Pierre J. Thuot, astronaut
· Albert Bierstadt, artist
Local festivals include:
  • Summerfest - July 7-9, 2007
  • Portugal Weekend Festival - June 8-10, 2007
Dates often change. Check New Bedford web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: New Bedford Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Fort Phoenix State Reservation, Freetown - Fall River State Forest, East Beach, West Beach
New Bedford attractions: Buttonwood Park Zoo
Historic sites and museums: New Bedford Whaling Museum, Schooner Ernestina, Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford Fire Museum
Colleges and universities: Kinyon-Campbell Business School
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: 81
Record high: The state's highest temperature on record was reported here on Aug. 2, 1975, at 107 degrees

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Sections below provide additional information and links about New Bedford demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Bristol County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, New Bedford area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 02746 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

2% of New Bedford residents report German ancestry, and 7% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the New Bedford ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in New Bedford was $15,602, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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

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Historic districts in New Bedford include Acushnet Heights Historic District, Buttonwood Park Historic District, Central New Bedford Historic District, County Street Historic District, New Bedford Historic District, North Bedford Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in New Bedford, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $373.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,017.


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Libraries in New Bedford include Casa Da Saudade, Francis J. Lawler Branch Library, Howland Green Library, New Bedford Free Public Library, Wilks Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in New Bedford include Standard-Times

TV stations in New Bedford include WLNE, WLWC.

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The average commute time for New Bedford workers is 23 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 23 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in New Bedford between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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