Location

Lowell is a city in Middlesex County with a population of around 111,000 residents. As the fifth most populous city in Massachusetts, Lowell was founded in 1826 as a mill town. Lowell is filled with converted factory buildings, cobblestone roads, and a rail trail that goes right along the Merrimack River. 

Lowell is also home to two institutes of higher education including UMass Lowell, part of the University of Massachusetts system, and Middlesex Community College. 

Lowell consists of eight distinct neighborhoods including the Acre, Back Central, Belvidere, Centralville, Downtown, Highlands, Pawtucketville, and South Lowell. 

 

 

Community

Lowell has a rich history, rooted in the industrial revolution. Cobblestone streets weave in between towering brick mill buildings that have been converted into anything you can imagine. Retail space, museums, restaurants, and art galleries are just a few of the amenities to explore, and the possibilities are endless. 

Lowell also holds several annual events including:

Lowell 4th of July Celebration - Enjoy a 4th of July celebration at LeLacheur Park! There are 5,000 seats available free to the public with additional viewing along the River Walk. Feel free to sit in the stands or on the field with your blanket! There will also be a wide variety of treats available from local food trucks. 

Lowell Folk Festival - This festival includes performing groups sharing their unique musical traditions throughout downtown Lowell, as well as multicultural community food and art vendors. The Lowell Folk Festival attracts more than 150,000 people for three days of fun!

City of Lights - This Lowell tradition kicks off the Winter holiday season! Enjoy the City of Lights Parade and welcome Mr. and Mrs. Claus with the traditional lighting of JFK Plaza and Wannalancit smoke stack. Enjoy photos with Santa, a holiday movie screening at the Donahue Family Academic Arts Center, and the annual hot chocolate and window decorating contests! 

Lowell is also home to many historical attractions including the Lowell National Historical Park, where you can explore the living monument to the dynamic human story of the Industrial Revolution that is the city of Lowell. 

For those looking for some outdoor fun, Lowell is home to several trails and hikes. Enjoy the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, a 25 trail that will extend from Lowell to Framingham upon completion (scheduled for November 2022).

You can also enjoy a day hike through Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest. The forest spreads across 3 towns and features over 1,000 acres to explore. Hike, bike or ski through 5 miles of trails, and enjoy ponds, swamps, and wetlands perfect for boating or fishing. 

Restaurants

One of the best parts about living in Lowell are the number of coffee shops, restaurants, and specialty foods available to you! We’re sharing some of our favorites!

Coffee Shops

Nibbana Cafe 

Little Delights Bakery

Brew’d Awakening

Coffee and Cotton

Rosie’s Cafe

Restaurant

TreMonte Pizzeria Restaurant & Bar

El Jefe Taco Bar

Mill City BBQ and Brew

The Purple Carrot Bread Co.

Life Alive Organic Cafe

Cobblestones

Tasty Dumpling

Schools

12 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, 2 high schools, and 2 colleges are spread out among the 8 predominant neighborhoods of Lowell. 

Below are links to the web pages for each of the public schools in Lowell:

 

Bailey Elementary School (PreK-4)

Greenhalge Elementary School (PreK-4)

Lincoln Elementary School (PreK-4)

McAuliffe Elementary School (Prek-4)

McAvinnue Elementary School (PreK-4)

Moody Elementary School (K-4)

Morey Elementary School (PreK-4)

Murkland Elementary School (PreK-4)

Pawtucketville Memorial Elementary School (PreK-4)

Rielly Elementary School (K-4)

Shaughnessy Elementary School (PreK-4)

Washington Elementary School (PreK-4)

Butler Middle School (5-8)

Daley Middle School (5-8)

Robinson Middle School (5-8)

Stoklosa Middle School (5-8)

Sullivan Middle School (5-8)

Wang Middle School (5-8)

The Career Academy (9-12)

Lowell High School (9-12)

 

Final Fun Fact
Lowell is perhaps best known for its mills. Colloquially known as the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, many history books make mention of the Lowell “mill girls” who helped churn out textiles. By the late 19th century, women held nearly two-thirds of all textile jobs in Lowell.