Home

  Our Listings

  Local Town Statistics

  Mortgage Calculator

  Buying & Selling Tips

  New Construction

  Contact Us




WE OFFER
FREE REAL ESTATE
LEGAL SERVICES*


Town Statistics
  Billerica

 Chelmsford

  Dracut

  Dunstable

  Lowell

  Pepperell

  Tewksbury

  Tyngsboro

  Westford




TOWN OF BILLERICA

INCORPORATED 1655

TOTAL AREA: 25.96 Square Miles

FORM OF GOVERNMENT: Board of Selectmen/Town Manager/
Representative Town Meeting

Northeastern Massachusetts, bordered by Carlisle and Chelmsford on the west, Lowell and Tewksbury on the north, Wilmington and Burlington on the east, and Bedford on the south. Billerica is 19 miles north of Boston, 23 miles northwest of Lynn, 45 miles northeast of Worcester, and 205 miles from New York City.


Town of Billerica's Website

 

TOWN SERVICES:

Town Contacts (as of December 2007) 

Board of Selectmen:
Michael S. Rosa - Chairman
Marc. T. Lombardo - Vice Chair
Kathryn M. Matos - Secretary
James F. O'Donnell Jr. - Member
Robert M. Correnti - Member 
Phone: (978) 671-0939

Town Manager:
Rocco Longo
Phone: (978) 671-0942
email: rlongo@town.billerica.ma.us

Town Clerk:
Shirley E. Schult   
Phone: (978) 671-0942

Town Engineer:
Kelly Conway
Phone: (978) 671-0955

Building Inspector's Office:
Milton H. Kinney Jr.
David Lenzie
Thomas Brooks  
Phone: (978) 671-0959

Town Planner:
Peter Kennedy  
Phone: (978) 671-0962

Email: pkennedy@town.billerica.ma.us

Planning Board: 
Paul Marasco - Chairman
Justin McCarthy  - ViceChairman
Richard Casey - Secretary 
Vincent D. MacDonald
Edward R. McLaughlin
Richard Baraldi Sr.
Phone: (978) 671-0962

Environmental Investigator:
Martin Houlne
Phone: (978) 671-0966

Conservation Commission:
Thomas Woodford.- Chairperson
Diane DePaso - Vice-Chair
Elizabeth Gallagher
Joanne Giovino
James Miller
John A. Aliperta
Phone: (978) 671-0966

Director of Public Works:
Abdul Akhatib
Phone: (978) 671-1313

Director of Public Health:
Richard Berube
Phone: (978) 671-0931  

 Public Water System:

100% of the community is serviced by town water. During FY99, 1,569 million gallons of water were pumped from the Town’s Treatment Plant on the Concord River and distributed throughout the community. The average daily volume of usage was 4.69 million gallons.

 Trash Collection:

The Town has curbside trash collection and recycling. Total recycled waste collected in FY99 was 1,956.51 tons; total trash collected was 4.69 million gallons.

 Sewer:

The Town is currently implementing an aggressive 15 million dollar sewer expansion program. When completed, this project will bring the public sewer system to over 70% of the community. The Town operates a Wastewater Treatment Plant with design capacity of 5.4 million gallons per day (MGD). Average daily flow for 1999 at the plant was 3 MGD.

 Library:

The library expansion project is currently underway in 2000. The Billerica Public Library in FY2000 had circulation of 241,582 and was visited by 189,904 patrons. The number of patrons in the FY2000 is much lower then previous years due to the library being closed for renovations for a month.

 Schools:

Billerica public school system is made up of six k – 5 elementary schools; two middle schools and one high school. 1999 – 2000 school enrollment: 6,604 pupils.

 Public Safety:

Billerica Police Department has 66 permanent uniformed officers. Billerica Fire Department is staffed by 73 firefighters.

Chief of Police: Chief Daniel Rosa (978) 671-0900

Chief of Fire Department: Chief Anthony Capaldo (978) 671-0941

 Rail:

Commuter rail service to North Station, Boston, is available at Lowell Gallagher Terminal or at the newly renovated North Billerica Station (Travel time 40 minutes). Freight rail service is available from the Springfield Terminal Railway, contact number: (978) 663 – 1073.

 Bus:

Billerica is a member of the Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA). Fixed bus service is provided, and paratransit services, including medical trips to Boston, are available for the elderly and disabled through LRTA’s Road Runner program. The LRTA route connects to the MBTA route at Chestnut St. Burlington with the bus connection to Alewife station.

TAX RATE: Residential - $10.92 per $1,000,  Commercial- $24.42 per $1,000

 Population Trends – BILLERICA  (2000 U.S. Census) 
(Updated May 25, 2002)

1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 # Change 1990-2000 Percent Change 1990-2000
17,867 31,480 36,727 37,609 38,981 1,372 3.6

 Persons by Sex (2000 U.S. Census) 

Male 19,823
Female 19,158

 Age Distribution (2000 U.S. Census) 

Age # of Persons Percentage
Under 5 2,689 6.9
5 - 14 5,755 14.8
15 - 44 17,920 45.9
45 - 64 9,357 24.0
65 & over 3,260 8.4

 Race and Ethnicity (2000 U.S. Census) 

  # of Persons Pecentage of Population
White 36,906 94.7
Black 432 1.1
Am Indian, Eskimo, or Aleut 39 0.1
Asian or Pacific Islander 1,080 3.2
Hispanic Origin 600 1.5

 

Households (2000 U.S. Census)

1980 1990 2000
10,645 11,695 12,919

 

 Household Size (2000 U.S. Census)

 2.92 persons per household

 Poverty Status (2000 U.S. Census) 

Persons Below Poverty Level Billerica Massachusetts
Number 1,414 573,421
Percentage 3.8 9.3

Households by Type (2000 U.S. Census)         

  Households Percentage of Households
Marred Couple/ Family 8,535 68.6
Female Household 1,217 9.8
Non-Family Household 2,674 21.6

                           

Income Distribution (2000 U.S. Census) 

Income Households Percentage of Households
Less than $10,000 353 2.7
$10,000-$14,999 401 3.1
$15,000-$24,999 816 6.3
$25,000-$34,999 875 6.8
$35,000-$49,999 1,720 13.3
$50,000-$74,999 3,324 25.6
$75,000-$99,999 2,615 20.2
$100,000-$149,999 2,103 16.2
$150,000-$199,999 487 3.8
$200,000 or more 267 2.1

 

Sources of Income (2000 U.S. Census)

  # of Households Average Income
Wage and Salary 11,544 $74,166
Social Security 2,930 $10,491
Public Assistance 132 $2,174
Retirement 2,489 $14,283
Supplemental Security 382 $6,916

  

HOUSING CHARACTERISTICS 

Housing Units (2000 U.S. Census) 

1970 1980 1990 2000
8,184 10,884 12,005 13,071

 

Median Household Income (2000 U.S. Census) 

1970 1980 1990 2000
$11,331 $23,267 $47,830 $67,799

 

Median Home Sale Price (Banker & Tradesman)

  1994 1996 1998 2000
Single Family $136,000 $144,000 $164,900 $215,000
Condo $38,000 $35,000 $63,800 $82,250
All Sales $127,950 $140,000 $160,000 $200,000

 

Housing Unit Permit Data

1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000
60 120 171 138 107 69

  

Housing Breakdown by Occupancy (2000 U.S. Census)

  # of Units Percentage of Total Units
Total Housing Units 13,071 100
Total Occupied Units 12,919 98.8
Owner Occupied 10,899 83.4
Renter Occupied 2,020 15.4
Total Vacant 152 1.2

 

LAND USE CLASSIFICATION (Mass. GIS 1991)

Billerica Land Use Acreage (acres) Percentage of Total
Residential 6,664.89 39.6
Commercial 397 2.4
Industrial 992.9 5.9
Agriculture 542.81 3.2
Open Space/ Recreation 7,223.34 42.9
Transportation/ Mining/ Waste 673.07 4.0
Water 340.19 2.0
Total Acreage 16,834.22 100

 

RECREATION

Billerica Recreation Department
One Ed Hays Way
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: (978) 671 – 0921
Fax: (978) 671 – 0927
Director: Joseph J. Higgins Jr.

The Recreation Department offers year-round programs, trips and special events for all residents and employees of Billerica. 

Recreational Facilities 

Recreational sites/facilities include: 

Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (55 acres)
Hiking, nature observation, cross-country skiing, canoeing 

Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Park (200 acres)
Located off Treble Cove Rd., this park was deeded to the Town from Middlesex County in 1995 via a legislative act. Features include Concord River frontage, walking trails, show horse rink, soccer fields, radio control airport, fishing, canoeing, cross country running trail, cross country skiing, community gardens, special events, nature observation and the first in the nation Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Lampson Recreation Complex
Basketball courts, tennis courts, football field, softball fields, multi-use field, ice-skating, recreation office.

 Akeson Park
Soccer fields, canoe put-in/take-out site for Shawsheen River.

 Pollard Park
Kids Konnection (children’s playground), picnicking, baseball field.

 Micozzi Beach
Swimming, picnic area, playground, sand volleyball court, basketball, handicapped accessible fishing pier, canoe put in/take out, nature observation.

Billerica Public Schools

Many of our Town’s athletic fields are located on school property. At the Marshall Middle School facilities include an out-door hockey rink. All elementary schools have a children’s playground. 

Country Club of Billerica

Eighteen hole public golf course, driving range, Barrie Bruce Golf School. 

Rangeway Golf

Driving range, miniature golf course. 

Minuteman Sportsman Club

Rifle target range, archery 

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Billerica

Gymnasium, pool, ropes course, game rooms, before/after school program, special events. 

Fishing or Canoeing

Nuttings Lake, Winning Pond, Concord River, Shawsheen River. 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Employment Base – 2000   

Labor Force - 2000 24,434
# of Residents Employed 23,860
# of Residents Unemployed 574
Billerica Unemployment Rate 2.3%
NMCOG Regional Unemployment Rate 2.5%
State Unemployment Rate 2.6%

 

Employment by Industry Sector – 2001 (Mass Division of Employment & Training ES - 202 Series)

Agriculture/ Forestry/ Fishing 129
Government 2,063
Construction 1,736
Manufacturing 7,389
TCPU 1,503
Trade 6,490
FIRE 227
Services 6,093
Total Employment/ Billerica 25,630

TCPU = Transportation, Communication and Public Utilities
FIRE = Finance, Insurance and Real Estate
conf = Data suppressed due to confidentiality

Means of Transportation to Work - 2000 (Census Transportation Planning Package 2000)

Subject 1990 Census 2000 Census Change 1990 to 2000
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
Workers 16 years & over 20,118 100.0 20,426 100.0 308 1.5
Drove alone 17,187 85.4 17,866 87.5 679 4.0
Carpooled 1,862 9.3 1,503 7.4 -359 -19.3
Public transportation (including taxicab) 394 2.0 461 2.3 67 17.0
Bicycle or walked 285 1.4 137 0.7 -148 -51.9
Motorcycle or other means 67 0.3 100 0.5 33 49.3
Worked at home 323 1.6 359 1.8 36 11.1

Travel Time To Work - 2000 (Census Transportation Planning Package 2000)

Subject 1990 Census 2000 Census Change 1990 to 2000
Number Percent Number  Percent Number  Percent
Workers who did not work at home 19,795 100.0 20,067 100.0 272 1.4
Less than 5 minutes 397 2.0 268 1.3 -129 -32.5
5 to 9 minutes 1,876 9.5 1,431 7.1 -445 -23.7
10 to 14 minutes 2,871 14.5 2,458 12.2 -413 -14.4
15 to 19 minutes 3,457 17.5 3,169 15.8 -288 -8.3
20 to 29 minutes 4,514 22.8 4,457 22.2 -57 -1.3
30 to 44 minutes 4,311 21.8 4,875 24.3 564 13.1
45 or more minutes 2,369 12.0 3,409 17.0 1,040 43.9
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 23.4 X 26.6 X 3.3 X

Media:

Lowell Sun
15 Kearney Square, Lowell, (978) 458 – 7100 

Billerica MinuteMan
15 Fletcher Street, Chelmsford, (978) 256 – 7196 

Media One
12 Washer St, Lowell, (978) 694 – 1010
 

REGIONAL PLANNING AGENCY:  

Northern Middlesex Council of Governments
115 Thorndike Street, Lowell MA 01852
Beverly Woods, Executive Director
Phone: (978) 454 – 8021
Fax: (978) 454 – 8023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Web site and all contents Copyright Jewel Realty 2005, All rights reserved.