Brockton Community Profile

Brockton Facts

Incorporated as a city in 1881, Brockton is the hub of the Metro South region. Once a shoe manufacturing center, the 21.48 square-mile city is now a service center for both its residents and neighbors. Known as a medical center, Brockton houses three large hospitals within the city. Brockton offers a variety of cultural activities including the Fuller Museum of Art and the Brockton Historical Society Museums.

City Clerk: (508) 580-7114 : www.Brockton.ma.us

Commonwealth Communities (Mass.Gov): Brockton

Tax Rates 2022: Residential $13.97/$1000 : Commercial $28.18/$1000 : Median Home Value: $279,600 : Median Housing : Price: $432,500 : Median Family Income: $77,290

Population: 108,009

Brockton Public Schools: More info

Michael P. Thomas - Superintendent of Schools – (508) 580-7511

Total Enrollment (2020-2021)  – 15,384

Per Pupil Expenditure (2019-2020) – $16954

SAT Scores: (2021) : Verbal – 523 : Math – 496

Transportation

Brockton is minutes from Cape Cod and from Boston; strategically located on Route 24, between Route 128 and Interstate 495. Routes 3, 24, and 28 provide easy access to the airport, seaport, and intermodal facilities of Boston. Brockton, the hub of the region is 20 miles south of Boston, 30 miles northeast of Providence, 40 miles west of Cape Cod, and 200 miles northeast of New York City. Six million people live within a fifty-mile radius of the region.

Convenient public transportation is available for the region through the Brockton Area Transit Authority, which provides inter-city bus service and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, which provides commuter rail service to Boston via 3 convenient stops. Freight service is provided by CSX Transportation, Inc. and the region is centrally located between two major airports, Logan International in Boston and T.F. Green in Rhode Island. Logan Airport provides hourly shuttle service to New York, as well as direct flights to all major United States Cities and international flights. Logan also offers the widest choice of air cargo flights in New England. T.F. Green Airport has scheduled flights to key cities in New England and New York, as well as other major cities in the country.

The region is 20 miles from the Boston Seaport, 30 miles from the Fall River seaport, 40 miles from the New Bedford seaport, 55 miles to the Falmouth seaport, 60 miles from the Cape Cod Canal and 60 miles from Gloucester.

Higher Education

Brockton is particularly proud of its innovative community-based schools. Many new public and private schools provide exceptional technology and preparation for the children of the region. Higher education is attainable at Bridgewater State University, Massasoit Community College, and Stonehill College all within 10 miles of the city. Harvard, MIT, Brown, UMass Boston, and many prestigious universities are within 45 minutes of Brockton. 

Bridgewater State University - Bridgewater, MA 02325 • (508) 531-1000

Founded in 1840, Bridgewater State University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education dedicated to teacher preparation in the United States. Bridgewater State is a comprehensive public university offering majors in arts and sciences, management and aviation science and educational disciplines. The 235-acre campus is conveniently located near the intersection of I-495 and Route 24 and is home to an MBTA stop, making it easy for commuters. Bridgewater State University enrolls 11,019 full-time/part-time undergraduate and graduate students. The university employs 264 full-time faculty members of which 96% have doctorates. The university is also home to the John- Joseph Moakley Center, which enhances education through technological applications.

Curry College  - Milton, MA • (617) 333-2364 and Plymouth, MA • (508) 747-2424 

Curry College is a private, professionally oriented, liberal arts based institution serving approximately 2,312 traditional full-time students, 1650 adults in continuing education evening programs, and 500 adults enrolled in graduate degree programs. Curry offers undergraduate degrees as well as graduate degrees in business, education, criminal justice, and nursing. With its outstanding faculty, small personalized classes, quality customer service and an educational environment focused on learning and growth, Curry College offers a well-established tradition of excellence. 

Massasoit Community College - Brockton, MA 02186 • (508) 588-9100 and Canton, MA 02021 • (781) 821-2222 

Massasoit Community College is a comprehensive two-year college offering associate degrees in arts and sciences, as well as one-year certificate programs. At campuses in Brockton and Canton, the college provides courses in the liberal arts, health, engineering technologies, and business fields. Credit and non-credit continuing education courses are also available. 

The Brockton campus includes a Fine Arts building with two theaters, TV studio, radio station, field house with an Olympic-sized swimming pool, modern classrooms and labs, and an extensive library. Massassoit also participates in the MCC2BSU with Bridgewater State University. Students can easily transfer from MCC to BSU to finish their bachelor degree.

Stonehill College - North Easton, MA 02357 • (508) 565-1000

Founded in 1948, Stonehill is a private, competitive, Catholic, coeducational college of 2509 students. Ranked consistently as one of the top two regional liberal arts colleges in the North by U.S. News & World Report, Stonehill offers Bachelor of Arts and Science degrees in over 30 major subject areas within liberal arts, science, and business. Stonehill also offers a Master of Accountancy degree, Teacher Education and Integrated Marketing Communications. The Campus is located on 375 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Among the facilities are the MacPhaidin Library, the Leo J. Meehan School of Business and the Joseph W. Martin, Jr. Institute for Law and Society.

University of Massachusetts - Boston, MA 02125 • (617) 287-7359  and Dartmouth, MA 02747 • (508) 999-8000

The University of Massachusetts system was formed in 1991. Today, the University of Massachusetts Boston sits on 177 acres of Columbia Point, and has an enrollment of more than 16,000 students with 1090 faculty members and over 200 academic programs for undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree seeking students. They also have 5-year accelerated bachelor-to-master’s programs. Recognized for innovative research, metropolitan Boston’s public university offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston is the third most diverse four-year college in the United States.

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has a student body of over 8,513 students. It offers more than 61 undergraduate programs of study and 32 graduate programs and more than 300 full-time faculty. UMass Dartmouth specializes in training engineers, health care workers, marine scientists, teachers, performing and visual arts, business people and graduates in liberal arts.

Fisher College - Brockton, MA - 1-774-296-7652 - 370 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301, North Attleborough, MA 02760 • (508) 699-6200, Boston, MA 02116 • (617) 236-8800, New Bedford, MA 02745 • (508) 988-3254 

Fisher College is a private, four year institution offering 30 different bachelor and graduate level programs. It has a proud century-old tradition of delivering a premier educational experience. With locations in Boston, North Attleborough, and New Bedford, Fisher’s flexible online, evening and weekend schedules are perfect for the working professional.

Porter And Chester Institute - 609 Belmont Street, Brockton, MA 02301 • (774) 360-8300

Porter and Chester Institute (PCI) is a post secondary school with over 60 years experience providing technical, business, and health related career training. Founded in 1946, PCI trains more than 3,000 students annually through nine campuses located through Massachusetts and Connecticut. Programs offered include Automotive Technology, HVACR, Cosmetology, Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting and Practical Nursing.

Healthcare

Brockton offers a number of fine health care facilities including four major hospitals. Signature Healthcare, Steward Good Samaritan Medical Center, and the Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Brockton Neighborhood Health Center. provide state-of-the-art medical care to area residents. Combined, these healthcare facilities represent the region’s largest segment of employment.

Good Samaritan Medical Center - 235 North Pearl Street, Brockton • (508) 427-3238

Good Samaritan Medical Center, a member of Steward Health Care, is an acute-care hospital providing comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and emergency services to Brockton and 22 neighboring communities. The hospital offers Centers of Excellence care in oncology and cardiology, specialized care in surgery, family-centered obstetrics with level-two nursery, substance abuse and advanced diagnostic imaging. 

Signature Healthcare - 680 Centre Street, Brockton • (866) 974-7979

Signature Healthcare is a new model of patient care for Southeastern Massachusetts. It comprises the award-winning Brockton Hospital and Signature Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician practice operating from locations in seven area towns. SMG doctors offer same day and next day access for primary care, adults and children, as well as urgent care evenings, weekends and holidays along with specialty care. Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital is a 253 bed hospital affiliated with Tufts Medical School. Whether in a doctor’s office or the hospital, each patient’s treatment is comprehensive, collaborative and coordinated through a single electronic health record, ensuring safe, high quality medical care close to home.

Veteran Affairs Medical Center - 940 Belmont Street, Brockton • (508) 583-4500

The Brockton VA Medical Center is a 377-bed comprehensive health care complex offering Tertiary Ambulatory Care, Long Term Care and Psychiatric Care/Substance Abuse. This facility offers a wide array of primary care services, along with specialty clinics in cardiology, Pulmonary, Gastroenterology, Podiatry, Endocrinology, Neurology, Infectious disease, and Dermatology. The VA also operated a 48-bed residential vocational rehabilitation program and a women veterans program.

In addition, Brockton is located only 30 miles from Boston, providing easy access via freeway and commuter rail to: Beth Israel Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center; Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary; Massachusetts General Hospital; St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center; Shriners Hospital for Children; South Shore Hospital, Tufts Medical Center; and many others healthcare organizations and hospitals.

Brockton Neighborhood Health Center - 158 Pleasant Street, Brockton (Pediatrics) and 63 Main Street, Brockton (Main Office)

Brockton Neighborhood Health Center (BNHC) is a non-profit, multicultural, community health center. Incorporated in 1992, BNHC began providing services in 1994 in a mobile medical van operating out of a church parking lot. In its efforts to meet the health care needs of the community, Brockton Neighborhood Health Center constructed a new $17 million community health center, and began seeing patients in this new facility in November 2007. The new facility doubled the health center’s capacity to serve low-income, diverse, medically underserved patients in Brockton and surrounding communities.

Cultural Attractions 

Brockton Historical Society Museums - 216 N. Pearl Street, Brockton : (508) 583-1039

Exhibits on shoemaking; fire fighting; Rocky Marciano, world heavyweight boxing champion; and Thomas Edison

Brockton Symphony Orchestra - 156 West Elm Street, Brockton : (508) 588-3841

The Brockton Symphony was created to provide great classical and popular music to all generations at a great price! With musicians from almost 40 different communities and audience members who comprise over 80 communities, the symphony is truly an important Metro South jewel.

Fuller Craft Museum - 455 Oak Street, Brockton : (508) 588-6000

The Fuller Craft Museum is the only museum in New England dedicated to unique contemporary craft works in glass, metal, wood, ceramic, and fiber. The museum, also the largest in southeastern Massachusetts, is located on 22 wooded acres overlooking Porter’s Pond and D.W. Field Park in Brockton.

Campanelli Stadium - 1 Lexington Ave., Brockton : (508) 559-7000

Home of the Brockton Rox, a professional minor league baseball team affiliated with the independent Northeast League. Campanelli Stadium also holds concerts, baseball camps, birthday parties, and special activities for the entire family. 

Parks and Recreation

D.W. Field Park - D.W. Field E Parkway, Brockton :(508) 580-7860

D.W.Field Golf Course - Recreational Opportunities: cross country skiing, golf, fishing, hiking, walking/jogging, bicycling, non-motor boating, ice-skating, picnicking and nature observing.

Asiaf Arena - FMC Ice Sports - 702 Belmont Street, Brockton : Recreational Opportunities: Ice-skating

Harold D. Bent Playground - Ash Street & Belmont Avenue, Brockton : Recreational Opportunities: tennis, basketball, softball/baseball, general play.

James Edgar Playground - 470 Torrey Street, Brockton : Recreational Opportunities: baseball/softball, general play.

Hillstrom Farm - North Cary Street, Brockton : Recreational Opportunities: walking/jogging, basketball, baseball/softball, soccer, general play.

Old Colony YMCA (Brockton) - 320 Main Street, Brockton : (508) 583-2155 : Recreational Opportunities: walking/jogging, swimming, basketball, baseball/softball, general play, camps, daycare, after-school programs.