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Shirley is a town in Middlesex County, in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy metro area.
The community was named after William Shirley, governor
The latitude of Shirley is 42.543N. The longitude is -71.65W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 331 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 6,373.
The Fort Devens Army base was established near here in 1917 as a temporary training camp for soldiers during World War I. The base later became a permanent installation; at its peak, 15,000 military personnel and their families lived here. The base closed in 1996
Sections below provide additional information and links about Shirley demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Middlesex County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Boston area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 01450 ZIP code.
8% of Shirley residents report German ancestry, and 18% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Shirley ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Shirley was $20,556, compared with $21,587 nationally.
20% of Shirley residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Historic districts in Shirley include Shirley Center Historic District, Shirley Shaker Village, Shirley Village Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Shirley, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $529. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,293.
Libraries in Shirley include Hazen Memorial Library ... View libraries
The average commute time for Shirley workers is 31 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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