Discover Your Community

Fall River, Massachusetts

Information and resources for the community of Fall River, MA.

Settled on hills overlooking the Taunton River and Mount Hope Bay, Fall River is a diverse, vibrant city.

Once known as the "Spindle City" (due to its history of cloth production that is still visible in the city’s numerous, architecturally significant textile mills), Fall River boasts a rich culture. It houses the Battleship Cove & Maritime Museum, featuring the world's largest collection of World War II naval vessels (including the battleship USS Massachusetts). The Columbia Street Cultural District or “Little Portugal” offers shops, markets, restaurants, and bakeries that celebrate and display the city’s Portuguese heritage. The city is also home to the Fall River Historical Society & Museum and the Lizzie Borden House bed-and-breakfast and museum. And the Narrows Center for the Arts features art and musical performances throughout the year.

By the Numbers


Population: 89,339

Population Change: %

Median Age: 39.5

Poverty Level: 19.4%

Avg. Household Size: 2.27

Median Household Income: $41,585


Percent Cost Burden: 39.2%

Average Age Built: 1947

Ownership Rate: 31.6%

Seasonal Units: 0

Average Sale Price: $245,000

Subsidized Housing Inventory: 11.09%


Top Three Industries:

Health Care and Social Assistance
Retail Trade

Average Annual Wage: 873

Average Commute Time: 24.5 minutes


Miles of Sidewalk: 259.9

Chapter 90 Funding: $1,919,875

Regional Transit Authority (RTA): SRTA

Available Public Transit Services:

Fixed Route Bus Service
Demand Response Service for persons with a disability


Number of Culverts: 149