About Winthrop, Massachusetts

The Town of Winthrop is a municipality in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States. The population of Winthrop was 17,497 at the 2010 U.S. Census. It is an oceanside suburban community in Greater Boston situated at the north entrance to Boston Harbor and is very close to Logan International Airport. The town is a peninsula, 1.6 square miles (4.2 km2) in area, connected to Revere by a narrow isthmus and to East Boston by a bridge over the harbor inlet to the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation. Settled in 1630, Winthrop is one of the oldest communities in the United States. It is also one of the smallest and most densely populated municipalities in Massachusetts.The town is named after John Winthrop (1587?1649), second governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and an important English Puritan leader. On 8 April 1630, Winthrop departed from the Isle of Wight, England on the ship Arbella and arrrived in Salem in June where he was met by John Endecott, the first governor of the colony. He served as governor for 12 of the colony's first 20 years of existence. It was Winthrop who decided to base the colony at the Shawmut Peninsula, where he and the colonists founded what is now the city of Boston.

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  • Population Total: 17,497
  • Square Miles: 2.0
  • Area Code: 617 ; 857
  • Elevation: 36
  • Postal Codes: 02152
  • Timezone: Eastern Standard
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