Lowell, MA City and Higher Education Information

Lowell, Massachusetts, is a blue-collar town in the northwestern Boston metropolitan area. Home to the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, the city is within commuting distance of two of the world's greatest universities, Harvard and MIT. Read on to find out about Lowell, the economy and the higher education options that are available nearby.

Information about Lowell

Lowell is located 25 miles from Boston along the Merrimack River. The median income per household was $49,164 a year for the period 2010-2014, which breaks down to about $23,046 per capita in a city with an estimated 109,945 people, based on U.S. Census Bureau figures in 2014. People identifying as white made up approximately 60 percent of the population in 2010, while those identifying as Asian made up roughly 20 percent, and people of Latino/Hispanic descent made up approximately 17 percent.

The weather in Lowell is on par with the rest of New England. The summers are extremely pleasant, while the winters can be harsh. Lowell has a minor league baseball team called the Spinners. It also hosts the Lowell Folk Festival, the largest free folk-music festival in the United States.

Higher Education

The city is home to the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates to a student population of more than 17,000 students. Nearby towns host schools such as Middlesex Community College, Brandeis University and Merrimack College. The greater Boston area also features such excellent institutions as Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Economy and Employment

Founded as a major textile center during the height of America's industrial revolution, Lowell served as a major hub for trade and raw goods until it hit hard times at the beginning of the 20th century. Later that same century, Wang Laboratories brought a revival to Lowell until the 1980s, when again the city saw tough times. Thanks, however, to a recent surge in recreation and the help of the University of Massachusetts (the largest local employer), the city has experienced a second rebirth, making it a popular destination for young families. Other top employers include Lowell General Hospital, Verizon, and Middlesex Community College.

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