Leominster is a city in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. It is located along the North Nashua River and is part of the Fitchburg-Leominster metropolitan area. The population of Leominster was 41,303 as of the 2010 census, making it the largest municipality in Worcester County and the second largest in Massachusetts after Boston. Geographically, Leominster lies between two hills: Monoosnoc Hill to the east and Packachoag Hill to the west. The climate in Leominster is humid continental with cold winters and hot summers.
The history of Leominster dates back to 1653 when it was first settled by Europeans as part of Lancaster. In 1740, John Lakin set up a sawmill on Millers River which helped to spur growth in the area. In 1813, Leominster was officially incorporated as a town and began to grow rapidly due to its location along major transportation routes such as railroads and canals. By 1848, it had become an important center for shoe manufacturing which brought economic prosperity to the city and helped make it one of Massachusetts’s most important industrial cities.
Politically, Leominster has long been a stronghold for Democrats although there have been some Republican victories in recent years at both local and state levels. The economy of Leominster is largely driven by manufacturing with companies such as Stanley Black & Decker having significant operations here. There are also several retail stores located within city limits including Walmart Supercenter and Target Supercenter which provide jobs for many locals.
Educationally speaking, Leominster has several public schools within its boundaries including two high schools (Leominster High School and Sky View Middle School), five middle schools (Fall Brook Elementary School, Johnny Appleseed Elementary School, Samoset Middle School, Sky View Middle School), twelve elementary schools (Fall Brook Elementary School), one vocational school (Leavenworth Vocational Technical Institute), six private schools (St Bernard’s Central Catholic High School), four charter schools (John F Kennedy Middle Charter Public School) and four college/university campuses (Fitchburg State University).
Finally, there are numerous landmarks within or near Leominster that draw visitors from all over New England such as Carter Park which features a variety of outdoor recreational activities; Monument Square which includes a statue commemorating the Revolutionary War; Nashua River Rail Trail which runs through downtown; Doyle Conservation Center; Sterling Airport; Whalom Park; Salisbury Mansion; Johnny Appleseed Monument; Monoosnoc Hill State Reservation; Simonds Park & Pool; Twin Cities Shopping Plaza; Mall at Whitney Field among many others attractions.
Population: 41,303. Estimated population in July 2020: 41,804 (+1.2% change)
Males: 19,860 (48.1%), Females: 21,443 (51.9%)
Median resident age: 36.3 years
Median household income: $44,893
Median house value: $140,500
Races in Leominster:
- White Non-Hispanic (81.5%)
- Hispanic (11.0%)
- Other race (4.3%)
- Black (3.7%)
- Two or more races (2.2%)
- Other Asian (1.1%)
(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)
Ancestries: Italian (19.2%), Irish (18.3%), French (16.5%), French Canadian (11.2%), English (8.7%), German (5.5%).
Elevation: 400 feet
Land area: 28.9 square miles
Leominster, Massachusetts is a small city of approximately 40,000 people located in the northeastern corner of the state. The population is diverse, with a majority of Caucasian residents as well as a large Hispanic population. The city is also home to a growing immigrant population from countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Leominster has a median household income of $56,908 which is slightly higher than the national average. As far as living costs go, Leominster has an average housing cost that is slightly lower than the national average. The median home value in Leominster currently stands at $247,800 which is around five percent lower than the US average. Renters can expect to pay an average monthly rent of $1,077 compared to the US median rent of $1,092. Utilities such as electricity and water are slightly more expensive than other parts of Massachusetts due to its rural location. Groceries and health care costs are comparable with other parts of the state according to CostofLiving data from Numbeo.
For population 25 years and over in Leominster
- High school or higher: 81.4%
- Bachelor’s degree or higher: 21.9%
- Graduate or professional degree: 7.9%
- Unemployed: 4.0%
- Mean travel time to work: 25.5 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Leominster city
- Never married: 26.8%
- Now married: 54.1%
- Separated: 2.1%
- Widowed: 6.6%
- Divorced: 10.4%
10.4% Foreign born (4.2% Latin America, 2.1% Asia, 1.8% North America, 1.6% Europe).
Population change in the 1990s: +3,398 (+9.0%).
Hospital/medical center in Leominster:
- HEALTH ALLIANCE HOSPITALS INC (60 HOSPITAL ROAD)
Other hospitals/medical centers near Leominster:
- CLINTON HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION (about 9 miles; CLINTON, MA)
- DEACONESS – NASHOBA HOSPITAL (about 12 miles; AYER, MA)
- WORCESTER COUNTY HOSPITAL (about 14 miles; BOYLSTON, MA)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Leominster:
- WORCESTER REGIONAL (about 20 miles; WORCESTER, MA; Abbreviation: ORH)
- LAURENCE G HANSCOM FLD (about 33 miles; BEDFORD, MA; Abbreviation: BED)
- MANCHESTER (about 36 miles; MANCHESTER, NH; Abbreviation: MHT)
Other public-use airports nearest to Leominster:
- FITCHBURG MUNI (about 2 miles; FITCHBURG, MA; Abbreviation: FIT)
- SHIRLEY (about 8 miles; SHIRLEY, MA; Abbreviation: 9B4)
- STERLING (about 8 miles; STERLING, MA; Abbreviation: 3B3)
Amtrak station near Leominster:
- 19 miles: WORCESTER (WORCHESTER, 45 SHREWSBURY ST.). Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, public transit connection.
Colleges and Universities
According to educationvv, Massachusetts is home to the following higher educational institutes:
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Leominster:
- FITCHBURG STATE COLLEGE (about 5 miles; FITCHBURG, MA; Full-time enrollment: 3,660)
- QUINSIGAMOND COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 16 miles; WORCESTER, MA; Full-time enrollment: 3,359)
- MOUNT WACHUSETT COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 17 miles; GARDNER, MA; Full-time enrollment: 2,023)
- WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE (about 18 miles; WORCESTER, MA; Full-time enrollment: 3,426)
- ASSUMPTION COLLEGE (about 18 miles; WORCESTER, MA; Full-time enrollment: 2,356)
- WORCESTER STATE COLLEGE (about 19 miles; WORCESTER, MA; Full-time enrollment: 3,846)
- COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS (about 20 miles; WORCESTER, MA; Full-time enrollment: 2,808)
Public high schools in Leominster:
- LEOMINSTER SENIOR HIGH (Students: 1,230; Location: 122 GRANITE STREET; Grades: 09 – 12)
- LEOMINSTER CTR TECH EDUC (Students: 633; Location: 122 GRANITE STREET; Grades: 09 – 12)
Public primary/middle schools in Leominster:
- JOHNNY APPLESEED (Students: 723; Location: 845 MAIN STREET; Grades: KG – 04)
- SKY VIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 708; Location: 500 KENNEDY WAY; Grades: 05 – 08)
- SAMOSET SCHOOL (Students: 635; Location: 100 DECICCO DR; Grades: 05 – 08)
- NORTHWEST (Students: 609; Location: 45 STEARNS AVENUE; Grades: 01 – 04)
- FALL BROOK (Students: 601; Location: 25 DECICCO DR; Grades: 01 – 04)
- SOUTHEAST MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 584; Location: 95 VISCOLOID AVENUE; Grades: 05 – 08)
- BENNETT (Students: 280; Location: 145 PLEASANT STREET; Grades: PK – KG)
- PRIEST STREET (Students: 225; Location: 115 PRIEST STREET; Grades: PK – KG)
Private primary/middle schools in Leominster:
- JULIE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL (Students: 282; Location: 365 LINDELL AVENUE; Grades: PK – 8)
- ST LEO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 272; Location: 120 MAIN STREET; Grades: KG – 8)
- SAINT ANNA SCHOOL (Students: 221; Location: 199 LANCASTER STREET; Grades: PK – 8)
- NORTHWEST CHILD DEV CT (Students: 94; Location: 194 ARLINGTON ST; Grades: PK – KG)
- KINGS CORNER DAY NUR – KIND 1 (Students: 40; Location: 20 NORWOOD AVENUE; Grades: PK – KG)
- PICCOLO MONDO CHILD CARE AND L (Students: 15; Location: 680 MECHANIC STREET; Grades: KG – KG)
Library in Leominster:
- LEOMINSTER PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $867,245; Location: 30 WEST ST.; 112,537 books; 3,222 audio materials; 3,120 video materials; 221 serial subscriptions)