Framingham, MA, City and Higher Education Information

Located roughly 20 miles west of downtown Boston, Framingham, Mass., is home to Framingham State University and a campus of MassBay Community College. Read about Framingham here.

Information about Framingham

Located about midway between Boston and Worcester, Framingham, Mass., was home to 70,746 residents as of the 2014 U.S. Census. Framingham also is the heart of the larger multi-town region of Metro West, an area of Middlesex County that's home to over 150,000 people.

Though only a short drive from Boston, Framingham has numerous historical, cultural and recreational attractions of its own. The town maintains three historic districts and has many historic homes and buildings, including a number on the National Register of Historic Places. Downtown, you'll find Danforth Art, a museum highlighting American art from the 18th century to the present. Additionally, Framingham's Amazing Things Arts Center presents music and theater performances and exhibits a variety of visual artwork, and Framingham State University houses the Mazmanian Gallery, featuring the works of regional artists as well as university students and faculty.

Framingham and the surrounding area also are home to several state and national parks, including the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and the New England Wild Flower Society showcases native New England plants at the 45-acre Garden in the Woods in Framingham.

Higher Education

Framingham State University is a public school granting degrees in over two dozen undergraduate majors and approximately 25 master's programs. This school of around 6,500 students hosts more than a dozen men's and women's sports teams, including football, ice hockey and lacrosse, which participate in the Division III Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference. Framingham also is home to a campus of MassBay Community College, a 2-year school offering degree and certificate programs.

Economy

For the period 2010-2014, the median annual salary of Framingham residents was $68,881, based on U.S. Census Bureau figures; this was slightly higher than the statewide median of $67,846. Education is one of the town's primary employers, with many residents working for Framingham Public Schools or Framingham State University. A number of residents are employed in health care as well, at either MetroWest Medical Center or Framingham Union Hospital.

Framingham serves as the corporate headquarters for TJX Companies Inc., the apparel and home goods company behind T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods, Marshalls and Sierra Trading Post. Other top employers in the town include the Bose Corporation, Staples and ADESA Boston.

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