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Woburn, Mass., City and Higher Education Information

Woburn, Massachusetts, is a small city in the Boston metropolitan area. Within commuting distance are such world-renowned institutions of higher learning as Harvard University, Tufts University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Read about it here.

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Information about Woburn

Woburn, Massachusetts, had a population of about 39,000 residents in 2014, based on U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Caucasian residents accounted for slightly more than 84 percent of the population in 2010. Asians comprised the next largest demographic group, with just over 7 percent. The local median household income of $77,883 per year for 2010-2014 exceeded the Massachusetts average.

Woburn is home to a number of historical sites and buildings, including the 1790 House, a Colonial-era structure, and the Winn Memorial Library. Nearby Boston is easily accessible by car, bus or train and hosts such world-renowned cultural attractions as the Orpheum Theater, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops and the New England Aquarium. A large number of historical sites related to the American Revolution are scattered throughout the metropolitan area.

Higher Education

Woburn is only home to a few for-profit institutions, but the nearby greater Boston area hosts such renowned schools as Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University, Bentley College, Tufts University and Lesley University. Various colleges and universities are located throughout the metropolitan region, enrolling hundreds of thousands of students.

Economy and Employment

Like much of New England, Woburn witnessed a transformation in the latter part of the 20th century from an industrial economy to one based on services and technology. A Marshalls distribution center is the city's largest employer, followed by Mergis Group and facilities service company NECC Corporation, New England Rehab Hospital and Parker Chromerics, which provides thermal interface materials (TIMs) for electronics. Additionally, many workers commute to jobs in other parts of the Boston metropolitan region, including Boston itself, where the economy is heavily dependent on education, tourism, finance and biotechnology.

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