Living Here

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Living Here

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Located 1 hour south of Boston and ½ hour from Providence, RI, New Bedford has attracted residents and businesses who appreciate city living on a vibrant seaport – situated close to pristine natural resources – which contribute to a rich quality of life

Our Neighborhoods:
New Bedford’s strives to provide safe, vibrant neighborhoods that offer a multitude of uses:

  • affordable, quality housing choices
  • good public, private and alternative school choices
  • walkable and bikeable streets,
  • close proximity to open space, parks and playgrounds
  • small local businesses which provide goods and services to its residents

Cultural Assets
New Bedford is emerging as the arts and cultural center of southeastern Massachusetts, boasting a wide array of attractions and diverse venues that showcase history, art, and cultural fabric, and is home to hundreds of artists and performers who contribute to our unique identity.
A complete listing of attractions, events, and the creative economy can be found in the following websites: (add hyperlinks)

Read more about our Creative Enterprises under Emerging Sectors.
Historic Preservation
New Bedford….Not Just Anywhere!
In 2011, New Bedford was named one of a Dozen Distinctive Destinations in the United States – presented by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Under the strong leadership of the Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE (WHALE) for the past 50 years, New Bedford’s history has been preserved. The team at WHALE has diligently planned and persevered to save historic buildings full of history, amazing architecture and character.
Read their story here:
Open Space and Recreation:
New Bedford is home to an abundance of green spaces and recreational opportunities. Parks, ball fields, beaches, bike paths, a golf course and a small zoo offer many options for growing families and individuals with a need to play in the outdoors. Shaped much like Manhattan, the city has striking views of Buzzards Bay from its south end peninsula, a calm river which graces its east side and a colorful working waterfront with harbor tours through the commercial fishing port.
The city’s downtown is home to UMass Dartmouth’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and Bristol Community College, both which provide higher-education opportunities within the city center, close to public transportation and the cultural institutions.

Families in New Bedford have many options for educating their children from pre-school to high school. The city boasts many public, private and alternative options. View some of the options below:

Access to top-quality healthcare is close to home. Most recently, Boston Children’s Hospital physicians are caring for children at St. Luke’s hospital located in the city’s west end.
Southcoast Health System

  • Charlton in Fall River
  • St. Luke’s in New Bedford
  • Tobey in Wareham

Read more here:
Hawthorne Medical joined forces with Steward Health Care system to enhance patient care on the Southcoast.
Read more here:
New Bedford has a number of transportation assets that contribute to its accessibility by land, sea and air. The transportation infrastructure in New Bedford includes:

  • interstate highway
  • airport
  • water ferry service
  • freight rail and
  • regional and interstate bus service

The city operates with a mayor as chief executive, a City Council, School Committee, Board of Assessors, and various boards and commissions. Currently 25 city departments and six quasi-governmental agencies support the day-to-day operations of the city.
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