Brockton, Massachusetts Education and City Information

Brockton is a small city located south of Boston. Residents can access several technical institutes, career schools, public universities and colleges in the nearby area. Read on to find out about Brockton's population, economy and schools.

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Information about Brockton, Massachusetts

Known as the City of Champions, Brockton is the birthplace of boxers Marvin Hagler and Rocky Marciano. The city had nearly 95,000 residents as of 2014 U.S. Census estimates. Residents were 31% African American, about 47% white, 10% Hispanic and 2% Asian, as of 2010. The median household income for 2010-2014 was $48,469, which was lower than the state median income of $67,846 for the same period.

Westgate Mall offers shopping opportunities in this city, which also offers such attractions as the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton Symphony Orchestra and Campanelli Stadium, where the Brockton Rox baseball team plays.

Higher Education

The city is home to two postsecondary institutions and within 15 miles of 11 public or private, non-profit colleges and universities.

Massasoit Community College is found in Brockton and enrolled around 7,900 students, as of Fall 2014, in its certificate and associate's degree programs. Programs available at this public school include engineering technology, dental technology, criminal justice, culinary arts, business, and science.

In nearby Easton, Stonehill College enrolled around 2,300 students. A private, non-profit school, it primarily offers bachelor's degrees. Bridgewater State University is about 8 miles away. A 4-year public school, it enrolled around 11,200 students. Bridgewater is an NCAA Division III school and has around 30 undergraduate programs.

Other colleges in the area include Curry College, Quincy College, Laboure College and Eastern Nazarene College. Wheaton College, 11 miles away in Norton, has 40 undergraduate majors for students. It was ranked 67th among liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.

Economy and Employment

According to 2012 census data, health care and social assistance employed nearly 11,800 people. Retail trade employed nearly 4,900 people, while accommodation and food services employed about 2,200 people. Companies employing more than 1,000 workers in the city include Good Samaritan Medical Center, Massasoit Community College, and the VA Medical Center.

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