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Welcome to Acton ...

Acton is located in Middlesex County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2016, Acton has a population of 23,633 people<1> (see below for details).

Acton was settled in 1680 and was incorporated in 1735.

Acton is 260 feet [79 m] above sea level.<2>.

Time Zone: Acton lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Acton: (978) & (351)<3>

The ZIP code for Acton: 01720<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Acton had a population of 21,924 people. This makes Acton the county's 27th most populous community.

The population of Acton represents 0.33% of the total population of Massachusetts (which has 6,547,629 people), making it the state's 87th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 21,924 people, the population of Acton increased 7.84% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 20,331 people).

Taken from the 2016 Census Estimates, Acton had an population of 23,633 people. This is an increase of 7.8% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 16.24% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Acton.

Communities near Acton ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Acton and not the distance if driven.<5>.

Community   2016
Brookline   [Map]   59,126   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
Cambridge   [Map]   110,651   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
Framingham   [Map]   71,594   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
Lowell   [Map]   110,558   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
Malden   [Map]   60,840   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
Medford   [Map]   57,213   E   17 miles [27.4 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Acton.

Communities Also Named Acton ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 21 communities that are also named Acton - they are located in Alabama (2), California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Brunswick, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Ontario, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Acton.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Acton. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Acton. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Acton. Our list includes 6 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Acton:

Websites for Acton ...

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TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Acton ...

Looking for more information about Acton? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

Looking for more information about Acton? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Acton, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Acton.

Search for Local Businesses ...

Google's 'Search-by-Location' is a very useful tool for people who might be planning visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Acton. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

LodgingGas StationsBanks
Bed & BreakfastTruck StopsATMs
RestaurantsAuto RepairReal Estate
 RV RepairRentals
PharmacyAuto PartsChurches
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AttractionsMotorcycle Parts 
 DentistsPost Offices
Auto RentalChiropractors 
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Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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Visit our Community Index for Massachusetts

About Middlesex County

About Massachusetts

Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Acton.

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<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Acton - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<3>Area code (351) is an overlay for area code (978). For more about area code overlays, please see our Glossary for Acton.

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<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a community (such as Acton). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Acton or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Acton. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Acton) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Acton. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Acton

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Acton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.4851, Longitude: -71.4328     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Acton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<6>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Acton.