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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.


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Median household income
Local
$53,344
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Shirley demographic reports
A paper mill was built around 1790. Other early products included iron, nails, textiles, rope and suspenders. A Shaker community existed here from 1793 to 1908

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

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 4. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 0.6 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 1 in the nation and in the state, June 2001, in the ePodunk Historic Small Towns Index
Well-known residents have included:
· Earl Tupper, creator of Tupperware
· Benton MacKaye, forester who proposed the Appalachian Trail
Nearby parks & recreation: Benjamin Hill Recreation Area
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Quotes:
To say the least, Shirley is off the beaten path of tourist New England.
-- Boston Globe, 2001

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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.

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20% of Shirley residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Shirley include Shirley Center Historic District, Shirley Shaker Village, Shirley Village Historic District ... View historic districts

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Median rent in Shirley, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $529.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,293.


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The average commute time for Shirley workers is 31 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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~ Boston Globe, 2001

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