Shirley (CDP), Massachusetts

Shirley is a census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Shirley in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 1,441 at the 2010 census.[1]

Shirley, Massachusetts
The United Church of Shirley
The United Church of Shirley
Coordinates: 42°32′36″N 71°39′4″W / 42.54333°N 71.65111°WCoordinates: 42°32′36″N 71°39′4″W / 42.54333°N 71.65111°W
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.4 sq mi (3.5 km2)
 • Land1.3 sq mi (3.5 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
285 ft (87 m)
 • Total1,441
 • Density1,000/sq mi (410/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)978
FIPS code25-61555
GNIS feature ID0610789


Shirley is located at 42°32′36″N 71°39′04″W / 42.54324°N 71.650987°W (42.54324, -71.650987).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.5 km2 (1.4 mi2). 3.5 km2 (1.4 mi2) of it is land and 0.1 km2 (0.04 mi2) of it (1.47%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,427 people, 632 households, and 343 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 408.1/km2 (1,059.4/mi2). There were 664 housing units at an average density of 189.9/km2 (493.0/mi2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 92.15% White, 3.99% Black or African American, 0.07% Native American, 1.82% Asian, 0.42% from other races, and 1.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.03% of the population.

There were 632 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.0% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.7% were non-families. 38.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 33.6% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $40,956, and the median income for a family was $56,950. Males had a median income of $40,742 versus $32,143 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $22,256. About 5.4% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.5% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Shirley CDP, Massachusetts". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 10, 2012.
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
Shirley, Massachusetts

Shirley is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. It is approximately thirty miles west-northwest of Boston. The population was 7,211 at the 2010 census. The town has a well-preserved historic New England town center.

It is home to the Massachusetts Correctional Institution – Shirley, a medium-security state prison. (The neighboring maximum-security Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center lies just outside the town limits in the town of Lancaster.) The remains of a Shaker village have been preserved within the grounds of the prison.

Municipalities and communities of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States


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