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Welcome to Dorchester ...

Dorchester is located in Suffolk County<1>.

Dorchester was settled in 1630.

Dorchester is 110 feet [34 m] above sea level.<2>.

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

Adding Dorchester 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 Dorchester 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 Dorchester elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

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

Communities Also Named Dorchester ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 20 communities that are also named Dorchester - they are located in Colorado, Florida, Georgia (2), Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ontario, South Carolina (2), Texas, Virginia (2) and Wisconsin.

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

Communities near Dorchester ...

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

  • Boston [Suffolk County]
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    • Boston [Suffolk County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<3> to the north of Dorchester
    • Estimated population in 2019: 692,600 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boston
  • Cambridge [Middlesex County]
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    • Cambridge [Middlesex County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<3> to the northwest of Dorchester
    • Estimated population in 2019: 118,927 people
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  • Brockton [Plymouth County]
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    • Brockton [Plymouth County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<3> to the south of Dorchester
    • Estimated population in 2019: 95,708 people
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  • Quincy [Norfolk County]
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    • Quincy [Norfolk County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<3> to the southeast of Dorchester
    • Estimated population in 2019: 94,470 people
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  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Lynn [Essex County]
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      • Lynn [Essex County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<3> to the northeast of Dorchester
      • Estimated population in 2019: 94,299 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lynn
    • Newton [Middlesex County]
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      • Newton [Middlesex County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<3> to the west of Dorchester
      • Estimated population in 2019: 88,414 people
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    • Somerville [Middlesex County]
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      • Somerville [Middlesex County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<3> to the north of Dorchester
      • Estimated population in 2019: 81,360 people
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    • Framingham [Middlesex County]
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      • Framingham [Middlesex County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<3> to the west of Dorchester
      • Estimated population in 2019: 74,416 people
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    • Waltham [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waltham
      • Waltham [Middlesex County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<3> to the northwest of Dorchester
      • Estimated population in 2019: 62,495 people
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    • Malden [Middlesex County]
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      • Malden [Middlesex County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<3> to the north of Dorchester
      • Estimated population in 2019: 60,470 people
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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 Dorchester. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Dorchester.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Dorchester. 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 Dorchester.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Dorchester. See our Newspapers Page for Dorchester.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Dorchester ...

Looking for more information about Dorchester? 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 Dorchester, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Dorchester.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Massachusetts

About Suffolk County

About Massachusetts

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Dorchester. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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 Suffolk, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Dorchester - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<3>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Dorchester) 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 Dorchester. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Dorchester

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Dorchester. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.3011, Longitude: -71.0675    






















 

 

 

 

 


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