Inside Winchester

Table of Contents

Winchester--Village and Town
Statistical Summary
Town Meeting
Town Government
Town Manager
Community Programs
Health Services
Town Finance
Planning, Zoning, and Building
The Public Library


TOWN: Winchester

COUNTY: Middlesex

POPULATION: 20,810 (2000 US Census)

LOCATION: Easterly Massachusetts bordered by Woburn on the north, by Stoneham and Medford on the east and southeast, by Arlington on the south, and by Lexington on the west. It is 8 miles from Boston, 8 miles from Lowell, 9 miles from Waltham, 225 miles from New York City. The Aberjona River, the Mystic Lakes, and several ponds are located in Winchester.

LAND AREA: 6.49 square miles. Land surface is 3,782 acres, or 5.91 square miles. Water surface is 3712 acres or 0.58 square miles.


Normal temperature in January.....24.3 F
Normal temperature in July........71.2 F
Normal annual precipitation.......44.8"
(Source: National Climatic Data Center)


TYPE OF GOVERNMENT: Representative town meeting - Selectmen-Town Manager

PARTY AFFILIATION OF REGISTERED VOTERS (1997): Democrats, 34%; Republicans, 20%; Unenrolled (Independent), 46%.

INCOME OF FAMILIES (1990): Median household income: $65,994. 63% of all households have an income over $50,000. 5% of all households have an income below $10,000. Income per capita: $30,615.

AGE COMPOSITION (1997): 17 years or younger, 23%: 18-59 years, 56 %, 60 years or older, 21%.

HOUSING (2002): Mean (median) value of residential single family property value is $424,857 ($555,000).

TAX RATE (2003): Residential $11.38 per $1,000; Commercial/Industrial $10.60 per $1,000. The average tax bill for a single-family property was $4,238 in FY 1995 and $5,570 in FY 2001.

Additional information:
Winchester at a Glance (
State information

Sources: 2000 Federal Census; 1997 Town Census; 2002 Mass. Department of Revenue