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Braintree (), officially the Town of Braintree, is a municipality in
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. Although officially known as a town, Braintree is a city, with a mayor-council form of government, and is considered a city under
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. The population was 35,744 at the 2010 census. The city is part of the
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area with access to the
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, and is a member of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council's South Shore Coalition. The first mayor of Braintree was
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who served until January 2020. The current mayor of Braintree is Charles Kokoros.The Patriot Ledger, 1/3/2008
/ref> Braintree, Massachusetts, is named after
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. The town was first chartered in 1640. Later, some sections of Braintree formed separate municipalities: Quincy (1792), Randolph (1793), and (1872).


History

Various
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inhabited the area prior to the arrival of European settlers in 1625. Subsequent to their arrival, the town was colonized in 1635, and ultimately incorporated in 1640. The town is named after the
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town of
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. In addition to its present boundaries, it comprised land that was later split off into the separate municipalities of Quincy (incorporated in 1792), Randolph (1793), and (1872). Braintree was part of Suffolk County until the formation of
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in 1793. The town of Braintree is the birthplace of several prominent figures in American history:
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Abigail Adams
, founding father and 2nd president
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and president
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John Quincy Adams
, statesman
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John Hancock
, and General
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, an early superintendent of the
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located at
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. In 1920, Braintree was the site of the murders that led to the trial of
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. During that same decade, the town's population grew by over 50%. In January 2008, Braintree converted from a
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form of government to a mayor-council government.


Geography

Braintree shares borders with Quincy to the north, Randolph to the west (separated by the Cochato River), to the south, and
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to the east. According to the
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, the town has a total area of 14.5 square miles (37.6 km2), of which 13.9 square miles (36.0 km2) is land and 0.6 sq mi (1.6 km2) is water. The total area is 4.34% water Park and recreation locations in Braintree include Pond Meadow Park, Sunset Lake, and
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.


Climate

Braintree has a
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(Köppen ''Dfb)'' with some maritime influence. Summers are typically warm to hot, rainy, and humid, while winters oscillate between periods of cold rain and snow, with cold temperatures. Spring and fall are usually mild, with varying conditions dependent on wind direction and jet stream positioning. Prevailing wind patterns that blow offshore minimize the influence of the . The hottest month is July, with a mean temperature of . The coldest month is January, with a mean of . Periods exceeding in summer and below freezing in winter are not uncommon but are rarely extended, with about 13 and 25 days per year seeing each, respectively. The city's average window for freezing temperatures is November 9 through April 5. Official temperature records have ranged from in February 1934, up to in August 1949 and 1974. Braintree's coastal location on the North Atlantic moderates its temperature, but makes the city very prone to
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weather systems that can produce much snow and rain. The city averages of
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a year, with of snowfall per season. Snowfall increases dramatically as one goes inland away from the city (especially north and west of the city)—away from the moderating influence of the ocean. Most snowfall occurs from December through March, as most years see no measurable snow in April and November, and snow is rare in May and October. There is also high year-to-year variability in snowfall; for instance, the winter of 2011−12 saw only of accumulating snow, but in the 2014–15 winter, the figure was . Fog is fairly common, particularly in spring and early summer, and the occasional tropical storm or
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hurricane
can threaten the region, especially in late summer and early autumn. The last such storm to impact the city was
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in October 2012. Due to its situation along the North Atlantic, the city is often subjected to sea breezes, especially in the late spring, when water temperatures are still quite cold and temperatures at the coast can be more than colder than locations a few miles inland, sometimes dropping by that amount near midday. Thunderstorms occur from May to September and are occasionally severe, with large
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, damaging winds and heavy downpours. Although Braintree has never been struck by a violent
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tornado
, the city has experienced many
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s. Damaging storms are more common in areas north, west, and northwest of the city.


Demographics

As of the
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census
of 2000, there were 33,828 people, 12,652 households, and 8,907 families residing in the town. The
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was 2,434.4 people per square mile (939.6/km2). There were 12,973 housing units at an average density of 933.6 per square mile (360.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 93.96%
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, 1.18%
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or
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, 0.11%
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, 3.14%
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, 0.03%
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, 0.64% from
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, and 0.95% from two or more races.
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or
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people of any race were 1.16% of the population. More than 46% of town residents had Irish ancestry. As of 2014 Braintree had the 2nd highest concentration of Irish Americans in the entire country, slightly behind
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. There were 12,652 households, out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.4% were
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married couples
living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.6% were non-families. 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.16. In the town the population was spread out, with 22.5% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.4 males. The median income for a household in the town was $85,590, and the median income for a family was $90,590 as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $89,607 versus $36,034 for females. The
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for the town was $28,683. About 2.1% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the
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, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.


Sports

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participates in the
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, a Division 1 conference in the
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. The girls' basketball team has won back-to-back state championships and finished 2014 undefeated. The Braintree High dance team competes at the regional and national stage. The Wamps baseball team won the Super Eight Baseball Tournament in 2015 over St. John's Preparatory School in their second-straight finals appearance. Braintree American Little League plays at Michael F. Dunn Little League Complex located at Hollingsworth Park (Braintree, Massachusetts), Hollingsworth Park. East Braintree Little League plays at Watson Park (Braintree, Massachusetts), Watson Park. The Braintree Athletic Complex is scheduled to be located at
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and will feature two ice hockey rinks, a basketball court, a multi-use court, a swimming pool and an indoor baseball diamond.


Education

Braintree is home to various educational institutions, both public education, private and public.


Public primary and secondary education

Public education at the primary education, primary and secondary education, secondary levels is managed by Braintree Public Schools (BPS), a system that includes one kindergarten center, six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. ;Public high school *
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;Public middle schools * East Middle School (Braintree, Massachusetts), East Middle School * South Middle School (Braintree, Massachusetts), South Middle School ;Public elementary schools * Flaherty Elementary School (Braintree, Massachusetts), Flaherty Elementary School * Highlands Elementary School (Braintree, Massachusetts), Highlands Elementary School * Hollis Elementary School (Braintree, Massachusetts), Hollis Elementary School * Liberty Elementary School (Braintree, Massachusetts), Liberty Elementary School * Morrison Elementary School (Braintree, Massachusetts), Morrison Elementary School * Ross Elementary School (Braintree, Massachusetts), Ross Elementary School


Private and alternative education

Private and alternative education institutions in Braintree include Thayer Academy (TA), Archbishop Williams High School (AWHS), and CATS Academy.


Infrastructure


Transportation

Braintree is situated in the Greater Boston Area, which has rail, air, and highway facilities. State Route 128 and Interstate 95 in Massachusetts, Interstate 95 divide the region into inner and outer zones, which are connected by numerous "spokes" providing direct access to the airport, port, and intermodal facilities of Boston. From 1948 to 1968, the town was the home of Braintree Airport, a general aviation airport located near Great Pond that was used by civil defense officials and private pilots. The airport featured a 2,800 foot dirt runway and offered flight training. Residential development, proximity to the town's water supply, and a number of accidents led to its closure in 1968.Markman, Joseph (September 20, 2011) "Braintree's Expansion and Dangerous Flights Proved too Much for Old Airport" ''Braintree Patch''. Retrieved November 4, 201

Freeman, Paul "Braintree Airport, Braintree, Mass." ''Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields''. Retrieved November 6, 2013 Principal highways in Braintree are Interstate 93 (which runs concurrently with U.S. Route 1 in Massachusetts, U.S. 1) and Massachusetts Route 3, Route 3, as well as Massachusetts Route 37, 37, and Massachusetts Route 53, 53. Entering Braintree from the north, I-93, Route 1, and Route 3 all run concurrently as the Southeast Expressway (Massachusetts), Southeast Expressway from Boston; in Braintree they diverge, with Route 3 heading south toward Cape Cod as the Pilgrims Highway, and I-93 and Route 1 heading west toward Massachusetts Route 128, Route 128. Commuter rail service to South Station, Boston, is available on the Old Colony Lines (MBTA), Middleboro & Plymouth lines from the Braintree (MBTA station), Braintree Red Line/Commuter Rail Station located on Union Street. The CapeFLYER rail service from Boston to Hyannis, Massachusetts, Hyannis as well as Buzzards Bay stations also stops at Braintree Station. The
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MBTA
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is accessible at the same location. Weekday rail service on the Greenbush Line started in late 2007 and is accessible from the Weymouth Landing/East Braintree (MBTA station), Weymouth Landing/East Braintree station on Quincy Avenue. In July 2017, Governor of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and other Baker administration transportation officials visited a construction project in the city to highlight $2.8 billion spent during Baker's administration on highway construction projects and improvements to bridges, intersections, and sidewalks.


Commerce

Braintree is home to several large companies, including Altra Industrial Motion, Greater Media, Haemonetics, and TopSource LLC. From 1964 to 1991 Braintree was the home of a Valle's Steak House restaurant. The chain was an East Coast of the United States, East Coast landmark that stretched from Maine to Florida. The 30,000 square foot Braintree restaurant was the largest in the chain when it opened, and featured a dining room that sat 600 customers, banquet rooms that accommodated 1,000, parking for 700 cars, and two kitchens, one used exclusively for banquets. The restaurant had over 150 employees. Max Bodner of Quincy was the original manager. One of the chain's busiest locations, it was capable of serving over 5,000 customers per day. The restaurant changed names several times after the Valle's corporation closed in 1991 and was eventually razed to make way for a Toyota dealership. Among the notable moments in the restaurant's history occurred in 1980 when then presidential candidate Ronald Reagan made a campaign speech at a South Shore Chamber of Commerce luncheon.


Points of interest

*
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* Gen. Sylvanus Thayer House, General Sylvanus Thayer Birthplace * Hollingsworth Park (Braintree, Massachusetts), Hollingsworth Park * Monatiquot River * Pond Meadow Park * South Shore Plaza * Sunset Lake


Notable people

*
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Abigail Adams
, wife of President John Adams; mother of John Quincy Adams * Henry Adams (Braintree), Henry Adams, original emigrant to the Americas * Jeremy Adams, original emigrant to the Americas *
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John Adams
, second President of the United States; first Vice President of the United States; signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence (United States), Declaration of Independence; *
John Quincy Adams John Quincy Adams (; July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848) was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, and diarist, who served as the 6th president of the United States The president of the United States (POTUS) is the and of the . ...

John Quincy Adams
, diplomat, sixth President of the United States; member of the United States House of Representatives * Joe Amorosino, reporter and sports director for WHDH-TV. * Amy Bishop, perpetrator of the 2010 University of Alabama in Huntsville shooting * Oscar Florianus Bluemner, German-born American Modernist painter * Jim Calhoun, former head coach of Connecticut Huskies men's basketball, University of Connecticut men's basketball team * Priscilla Chan, philanthropist and pediatrician; wife of Mark Zuckerberg * Chris Doherty, musician and recording artist from the band Gang Green * Adam Gaudette, NHL player * Brian Gibbons (ice hockey, born 1988), Brian Gibbons, NHL player *
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John Hancock
, signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence (United States), Declaration of Independence; fourth President of the Continental Congress; first and third Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; diplomat and wikt:statesman, statesman * Tiffany Kelly, beauty pageant winner, Miss Massachusetts USA, Miss Massachusetts of 2006 * Peter Kormann, gymnast and winner of the bronze medal in Gymnastics at the 1976 Summer Olympics, men's floor competition at the 1976 Olympics * Don McKenney, hockey center; captain of the Boston Bruins, 1954–1963 * Rufus Putnam, American revolutionary war military officer * Jose Offerman, baseball player for the Boston Red Sox * William Rosenberg, creator of the Dunkin' Donuts restaurant chain * Butch Stearns, sports anchorman; Chief Content Officer for the Pulse Network *
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, superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy; called "the father of West Point" * Mo Vaughn, baseball player for the Boston Red Sox * Donnie Wahlberg, record producer, songwriter, singer, actor; founding member of the musical group New Kids on the Block * Mark Wahlberg, film and television producer; Academy Award-nominated actor; former lead singer of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch * Thomas A. Watson, primary assistant of Alexander Graham Bell; assisted in invention of the telephone; founder of Fore River Shipyard


Filming locations

* June 1969: ''Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon'', directed by Otto Preminger (sequence filmed at 710 West Street) * October 2006: ''The Departed'', directed by Martin Scorsese (sequence filmed in the Fore River Shipyard) * April 2008: ''Paul Blart: Mall Cop'', directed by Steve Carr (sequence filmed in the South Shore Plaza) * September 2009: ''What Doesn't Kill You (film), What Doesn't Kill You'', directed by Brian Goodman (sequence filmed at the Mobil station on Elm Street) * April 2016: ''Stronger (film), Stronger'', directed by David Gordon Green (sequence filmed at the Skyline Drive apartment complex)


References

* Dennehy, John A. "Images of America: Braintree." Arcadia Publishing, 2010.


External links


Town of Braintree

Braintree Historical Society
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