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Billerica

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Billerica is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 38,981 at the 2000 census. Its name is pronounced “bill-RICK-a”, rather than rhyming with America.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 68.3 km (26.4 mi). 67.1 km (25.9 mi) of it is land and 1.3 km (0.5 mi) of it (1.90%) is water.

Billerica is located about 22 miles north-northwest of Boston along Route 3, positioning it a short distance from both the Route 128/Interstate 95 high-technology belt around Boston to the south, and the city of Lowell, 6 miles to the north. This has established Billerica as the border between Greater Lowell and the much larger Greater Boston region.

Billerica has several small neighborhoods that form ten villages (or sections) of town. Those villages are North Billerica, South Billerica, East Billerica, West Billerica, Billerica Center, Pinehurst, Riverdale, Nuttings Lake, River Pines.

Some of the neighborhoods that form these sections of town are Garden City (North Billerica); The Pines (Pinehurst); Indian Hill (Nuttings Lake); Rio Vista (West Billerica); Pattenville (East Billerica); Fox Hill District aka FHD (East Billerica); Riverhurst (South Billerica); Pinedale (Pinehurst); Riverside (West Billerica); Webb Brook (Riverdale) and Glad Valley (Billerica Village).

Billerica borders the following towns: Chelmsford, Lowell, Tewksbury, Wilmington, Burlington, Bedford, and Carlisle.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 38,981 people, 12,919 households, and 10,244 families residing in the town. The population density was 581.3/km (1,505.9/mi). There were 13,071 housing units at an average density of 194.9/km (504.9/mi). The racial makeup of the town was 94.68% Caucasian, 1.11% African American, 0.10% Native American, 2.76% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.54% of the population.

There were 12,919 households out of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.1% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.7% were non-families. 16.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 34.6% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 8.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 103.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $67,799, and the median income for a family was $72,102. Males had a median income of $47,014 versus $33,862 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,953. About 2.8% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.5% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.

Education

The Billerica Public Schools are made up of six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school.

The high school colors are green and white and the athletics teams play in the highly competitive Merrimack Valley Conference. Their nickname is “Indians”. The Indians’ archrivals are the Chelmsford Lions.

Public schools

* Ditson Elementary School (Cook Street)
* Frederick J. Dutile Elementary School (Treble Cove Road)
* S. G. Hajjar Elementary School (Rogers & Call Streets)
* John F. Kennedy Elementary School (Kimbrough Road & Carline Drive)
* Parker Elementary School (River Street)
* Eugene C. Vining Elementary School (Lexington Road)
* Marshall Middle School (Floyd Street)
* Cyril D. Locke Middle School (Allen & Baldwin Roads)
* Billerica Memorial High School (River Street)