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Braintree, Massachusetts Education and City Information

Braintree, Massachusetts, is a Boston suburb located south of the city. Residents have access to several colleges and universities in the greater Boston area. Find out about Braintree's population, economy and postsecondary institutions below.

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Information about Braintree, Massachusetts

Settled in 1625, Braintree is one of the first non-American Indian settlements of the New World. Braintree had 37,362 residents, as of 2014 U.S. census estimates. The median household income was $87,500, higher than the state median of $67,846, based on 2010 to 2014 census data. Braintree residents were almost 87% white and nearly 8% Asian, as of 2010, and 37% of residents 25 years or older had earned at least a bachelor's degree, between 2010-2014.

Residents of this city have access to Boston and Cape Cod using the two main highways that intersect here. Braintree's South Shore Plaza is one of the largest in the Northeast. A golf course is found in the city as are several hiking trails and parks. Residents have access to a public library, and the city hosts a Sunset Concert Series, youth sports leagues and family events.

Higher Education

Approximately 60 public and private non-profit colleges, universities, career schools and technical institutes can be found within 15 miles of the city. Quincy College, Eastern Nazarene College and Curry College are all within five miles of Braintree. Quincy is a 2-year college that offers certificates and associate's degrees to about 4,700 students, as of Fall 2014, while Eastern Nazarene has associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees and enrolled around 1,200 students.

A branch of Wentworth Institute of Technology is found in Dorchester, about seven miles from Braintree. Wentworth was ranked 13th among regional colleges in the North by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.

University of Massachusetts-Boston is eight miles from the city and enrolled around 16,000 students. A public research university, it offers graduate and undergraduate programs in several areas. Several of this school's graduate programs are ranked by U.S. News, including rehabilitation counseling (24th), nursing (52nd) and clinical psychology (87th).

Just a little farther from Braintree, residents can find Newbury College, Berklee College of Music, Boston University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Economy and Employment

According to 2012 census info, health care and social assistance employed about 11,700 people. Retail trade employed about 4,800 people, while administrative and support and waste management and remediation services employed about 2,100 people.

Major employers in Braintree include Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, Archdiocese of Boston, Symmons Industries and Alliance Healthcare Center.

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