The Town of Braintree is a suburban community with a strong residential character located ten miles south of Boston. Incorporated in 1640, Braintree has a rich history and a promising future. The town is ideally situated at the crossroads of Route I-93 (128) and Route 3 for easy access to the Greater Boston area and Cape Cod as well as having excellent public transportation to Boston and Logan International Airport. The community has a good mix of established neighborhoods, small clusters of new homes and several condominium complexes.
There is a strong business base which includes one of the largest regional shopping centers in the northeast; The South Shore Plaza. Attractive office and industrial parks are located in the town as well, because of its ideal location.
Braintree has a rich history. Old Braintree was the birthplace of two presidents, John Adams and John Quincy Adams, as well as John Hancock and General Sylvanus Thayer, the founder of West Point.
Residents feel that people are attracted to Braintree as a good place to live and work because it has an excellent public school system as well as Thayer Academy and Archbishop Williams High School, and a fine parks and recreation program with the availability of many recreational resources such as Town Forest, Pond Meadow Park, Sunset Lake, Smith Beach, the Cranberry Pond Conservation District, the MDC Blue Hills Reservation trail system, and an 18 hole public golf course.
Braintree is a mature community with a broad residential and business base that is positioned for controlled growth in the coming years.
Eastern Massachusetts, bordered by Randolph on the west, Quincy on the northwest and north, Weymouth on the east, and Holbrook on the south. Braintree is 11 miles north of Brockton, 12 miles south of Boston, and 220 miles from New York City.
Total Area: 14.52 sq. miles
Land Area: 13.89 sq. miles
Density: 2,436 per sq. mile
Climate (National Climatic Data Center)
Normal temperature in January.....27.4°F
Normal temperature in July........71.5°F
Normal annual precipitation.......47.7"
U.S.G.S. Topographical Plates
Blue Hills, Weymouth
Regional Planning Agency
Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Metropolitan Statistical Area (1993 Definition)
Main Number: (781) 794-8000
Form of Government
Mayor - Council
Year Incorporated as a Town: 1640