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Welcome to Shirley ...

Shirley is located in Middlesex County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Shirley has a population of 7,608 people<2> (see below for details).

Shirley was settled in 1720 and was incorporated in 1775.

Shirley is 280 feet [85 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

Area codes for Shirley: (978) & (351)<4>

The ZIP code for Shirley: 01464<5>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Shirley had an population of 7,608 people. This is an increase of 5.51% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 19.38% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Shirley had a population of 7,211 people. This makes Shirley the county's 47th most populous community.

The population of Shirley represents 0.11% of the population of Massachusetts (which has 6,547,629 people), making it the state's 214th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 7,211 people, the population of Shirley increased 13.15% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 6,373 people).

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

Communities Also Named Shirley ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two Massachusetts communities named Shirley: This one is located in Middlesex County and the other is located in Suffolk County.

Beyond Massachusetts, there are 38 communities that are also named Shirley - they are located in Alabama (2), Arkansas, British Columbia, California (2), Colorado (3), Illinois (2), Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York (2), Ontario (3), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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

Communities near Shirley ...

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

  • Lowell [Middlesex County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lowell
    • Lowell [Middlesex County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the east of Shirley
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 110,904 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lowell
  • Nashua [Hillsborough County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nashua
    • Nashua [Hillsborough County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the northeast of Shirley
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 89,167 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nashua
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Nashua<7>
  • Billerica [Middlesex County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Billerica
    • Billerica [Middlesex County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the east of Shirley
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 43,021 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Billerica
  • Fitchburg [Worcester County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fitchburg
    • Fitchburg [Worcester County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the west of Shirley
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 40,310 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fitchburg
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Marlborough [Middlesex County]
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      • Marlborough [Middlesex County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the south of Shirley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 39,290 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marlborough
    • Shrewsbury [Worcester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shrewsbury
      • Shrewsbury [Worcester County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the south of Shirley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 38,910 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shrewsbury
    • Chelmsford [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chelmsford
      • Chelmsford [Middlesex County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the east of Shirley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 35,528 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chelmsford have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chelmsford
    • Dracut [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dracut
      • Dracut [Middlesex County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the northeast of Shirley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 31,423 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dracut
    • Hudson [Hillsborough County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hudson
      • Hudson [Hillsborough County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the northeast of Shirley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 25,620 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hudson have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hudson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hudson<7>
    • Westford [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Westford
      • Westford [Middlesex County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the east of Shirley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 25,276 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Westford

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

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

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

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Shirley ...

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

Adding Shirley to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Shirley 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 Shirley was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

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

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

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Shirley. 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 Middlesex, 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 Shirley.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Shirley - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Area code (351) is an overlay for area code (978).
<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 community (such as Shirley). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Shirley or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<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 drawn from Point A (ie- Shirley) 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 Shirley. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from ShirleyOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shirley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.5439, Longitude: -71.6490    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>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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