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Welcome to Acton ...

Acton is located in Middlesex County<1>.

The location of Acton has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Acton has a population of 23,662 people<3> (see below for details).

Acton was settled in 1680 and was incorporated in 1735.

Acton is 260 feet [79 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

Area codes for Acton: (978) and (351)<5>

The ZIP code for Acton: 01720<6>

Websites for Acton ...

Official Website: www.town.acton.ma.us/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Acton had an population of 23,662 people. This is an increase of 7.93% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 16.38% since the 2000 Census).

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 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 (which had a count of 20,331 people).

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

Adding Acton to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

We originally found mention of Acton in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, we also found mention of Acton elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Acton on a George#&160;F. Cram Map (1901).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Acton on our Genealogy Page.

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.

Communities near Acton ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Acton.

  • Cambridge [Middlesex County]
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    • Cambridge [Middlesex County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<7> to the southeast of Acton
    • Estimated population in 2019: 118,927 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cambridge
  • Lowell [Middlesex County]
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    • Lowell [Middlesex County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<7> to the northeast of Acton
    • Estimated population in 2019: 110,997 people
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  • Nashua [Hillsborough County]
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    • Nashua [Hillsborough County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the north of Acton
    • Estimated population in 2019: 89,355 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nashua
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Nashua<8>
  • Newton [Middlesex County]
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    • Newton [Middlesex County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<7> to the southeast of Acton
    • Estimated population in 2019: 88,414 people
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  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Somerville [Middlesex County]
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      • Somerville [Middlesex County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<7> to the east of Acton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 81,360 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Somerville
    • Framingham [Middlesex County]
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      • Framingham [Middlesex County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<7> to the south of Acton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 74,416 people
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    • Waltham [Middlesex County]
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      • Waltham [Middlesex County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<7> to the southeast of Acton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 62,495 people
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    • Malden [Middlesex County]
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      • Malden [Middlesex County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the east of Acton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 60,470 people
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    • Brookline [Norfolk County]
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      • Brookline [Norfolk County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the southeast of Acton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 59,121 people
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    • Medford [Middlesex County]
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      • Medford [Middlesex County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<7> to the east of Acton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 57,341 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Medford

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Acton. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Acton.

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 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Acton.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Acton. Our list includes 6 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Acton.

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 can read an overview with links that will help you 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 Page for Acton.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Massachusetts

About Middlesex County

About Massachusetts

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Acton: www.town.acton.ma.us/

The official website for State of Massachusetts: https://www.mass.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Massachusetts' counties, including Middlesex, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Acton.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Acton - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (351) is an overlay for area code (978).
<6>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).
<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Acton) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, 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 for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Acton

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Acton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.4851, Longitude: -71.4328       In this case, the coordinates for Acton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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