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Fall River, Massachusetts, City and Higher Education Info

Fall River, Massachusetts, is a city in the southeastern corner of the state, near Providence, Rhode Island. Home to the country's largest ethnically Portuguese population, Fall River also hosts a few 2-year schools that offer certificates and associate's degrees. Continue reading to learn about the economy, demographics and schools of Fall River.

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Information about Fall River

Fall River is a bustling waterfront city on the Massachusetts seaboard, 50 miles south of Boston. Its population of 88,712, as of 2014 U.S. census estimates, boasts a high proportion of ethnically Portuguese residents. Fall River's population became highly diversified during the latter part of the 19th century, when a thriving textile industry attracted immigrants from Portugal, Great Britain, Canada and many other countries. Since then, the mills have mostly closed, but the diverse ethnic groups have remained.

As a coastal community, Fall River has an active waterfront and several maritime museums. These include Battleship Cove, a collection of World War II-era warships, and the Marine Museum, which features a number of artifacts from the Titanic disaster. The city is known for its ethnic cuisine and its yearly festivals. Its location in New England means that autumn colors are a major tourist draw, and the proximity of the Berkshire Hills to the west provides residents with ample opportunities for hiking, camping and weekend retreats.

Postsecondary Education in Fall River

Fall River is home to 5 postsecondary institutions, including a community college, two technical schools and two proprietary colleges. Bristol Community College, a two-year institution that enrolls about 9,000 students, features programs in business, communications, info technology, education and engineering technology. Wentworth Institute of Technology, which offers project management, construction management and architectural programs, has a branch in Fall River.

Other schools nearby include Roger Williams University in Bristol and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Brown University is just over 15 miles away in Providence, Rhode Island, and the New England Institute of Technology maintains its campus in East Greenwich, also in Rhode Island.

Fall River Economic Facts

Many residents are employed in manufacturing, health care, education and retail. Textiles have long been a major industry in the area, with Duro Textiles LLC among the largest employers. Other important employers include local hospitals, especially the Family Health Care Center - Sstar and St. Anne's Hospital. The city offers incentives to new and expanding businesses, including tax exemptions, employee recruitment and training.

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