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Welcome to Fall River ...

The city of Fall River is located in Bristol County<1>.

A typical abbreviation for Fall River: Fall Riv.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Fall River has a population of 89,653 people<2> (see below for details).

Fall River was settled in 1656.

The community of Fall River is 130 feet [40 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

Telephone area codes for Fall River: (508) and (774)<4>

The ZIP codes for Fall River: 02720-02724<5>

Websites for Fall River ...

Official Website:   www.fallriverma.org/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.fallriverchamber.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Fall River had an population of 89,653 people. This is an increase of 0.9% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 2.49% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Fall River had a population of 88,857 people (or 16.21% of the total population of Bristol County). This makes Fall River the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Fall River represents 1.36% of the population of Massachusetts (which has 6,547,629 people), making it the state's 10th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 88,857 people, the population of Fall River decreased 3.35% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 91,938 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Fall River.

Communities Also Named Fall River ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 5 communities that are also named Fall River - they are located in Colorado, Kansas, Nova Scotia, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

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

Communities near Fall River ...

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

  • Providence (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Providence
    • Providence lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the northwest of Fall River and is located in Providence County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 179,270 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Providence
  • New Bedford (12 miles [19.3 km] to the east)
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    • New Bedford lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the east of Fall River and is located in Bristol County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 95,517 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Bedford
  • Warwick (13 miles [20.9 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Warwick
    • Warwick lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the west of Fall River and is located in Kent County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 81,189 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Warwick
  • Cranston (15 miles [24.1 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cranston
    • Cranston lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the west of Fall River and is located in Providence County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 81,142 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cranston
  • Pawtucket (16 miles [25.7 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pawtucket
    • Pawtucket lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the northwest of Fall River and is located in Providence County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 71,710 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pawtucket
  • Taunton (14 miles [22.5 km] to the north)
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    • Taunton lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the north of Fall River and is located in Bristol County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 57,675 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Taunton
  • East Providence (13 miles [20.9 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Providence
    • East Providence lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the northwest of Fall River and is located in Providence County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 47,337 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Providence
  • Attleboro (18 miles [29 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Attleboro
    • Attleboro lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the north of Fall River and is located in Bristol County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 45,444 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Attleboro
  • Dartmouth (10 miles [16.1 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dartmouth
    • Dartmouth lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the southeast of Fall River and is located in Bristol County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 33,926 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dartmouth have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dartmouth
  • North Providence (19 miles [30.6 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Providence
    • North Providence lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the northwest of Fall River and is located in Providence County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 32,507 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Providence have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Providence

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 Fall River. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Fall River.

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

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Fall River. Our list includes 69 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Fall River.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Fall River ...

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

Adding Fall River to Our Gazetteer ...

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

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Fall River was in the U.S. Post Offices (Jan. 1851).

We also found Fall River in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

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

Recent Changes to RoadsideThoughts ...

Mentions & References for Fall River

The Communities of Massachusetts

About Bristol County

About Massachusetts

The official website for Fall River: www.fallriverma.org/

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 Bristol, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Fall River.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Fall River - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Area code (774) is an overlay for area code (508).
<5>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 city (such as Fall River). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Fall River or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Fall River includes: 02720, 2721, 2722, 2723 & 02724.
<6>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- Fall River) 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 Fall River. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Fall RiverOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fall River. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.7005, Longitude: -71.1541    
<7>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.




 

 

 

 

 


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