New Bedford, Massachusetts
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NEW BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS
02740, 02744, 02745, 02746
FUN FACT: Did you know New Bedford was the WORLD’S MOST IMPORTANT whaling port?
First settled in 1652, New Bedford, MA quickly became a household name with the boom of the whaling industry. When oil resources depleted, the city grew into a textile machine during the Industrial Revolution. To this day, many of the original mill textile buildings have been converted into high-end loft apartments.
95,239 (2019 Census)
Access to Interstate 195
Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA Busses)
South Coast Rail’s MBTA Commuter Rail (to Boston)
The historic New Bedford High School is the city’s only public high school. If you’re looking for an alternative, Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School offers students across Bristol County an opportunity to gain a trade as well as a diploma.
“The city operates two alternative junior-senior high schools, Whaling City Alternative School, out of the original Greater New Bedford Vocational High School building, and Trinity Day Academy. There are also two charter schools, the Global Learning Charter Public School [and] the Alma del Mar Charter School” (Wikipedia).
New Bedford, MA is host to UMass Dartmouth’s marine campus. However, the main campus in Dartmouth, MA is only a 10-15 minute drive away.
Bristol Community College is a 2 year college offering hundreds of certificate, trade, GED, and associate degree options. BCC also offers unique programs for those with special accommodations or in low-income households.
Fisher College’s neighborhood campus is also located in New Bedford, MA.
New Bedford’s residents are often deep-rooted in Portuguese culture. With the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament hosted annually, you’ll get to taste test all the local favorites!
However, Portuguese isn’t the only culture found here. In fact, the city is extremely diverse. Just by exploring a new corner of the block, you can find an Asian buffet or Italian hot-spot. The New Bedford Folk Festival, the Jazzfest, Working Waterfront Festival also offer family friendly fun!