Hanscom Air Force Base

Bedford, Massachusetts

Included zipcodes 01803 01805

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Hanscom Air Force Base, home of the 66th Air Base Group, originated in 1941 as Bedford Airport.In 1942, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts leased Bedford Airport to the U.S. War Department for use by the Army Air Forces. Bedford Airport was later renamed Hanscom Field, in honor of Laurence G. Hanscom, a Massachusetts-born pilot, who died in an aircraft accident while lobbying at the State House for the establishment of the airport at Bedford.

Located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Hanscom Air Force Base lies mainly within the town of Bedford, though portions do extend into the bordering towns of Concord, Lexington, and Lincoln. Hanscom is approximately 20 miles northwest of Boston and about four hours from New York City. With a workforce of roughly 10,000 people, Hanscom is predominantly an Air Force base, although there is a presence of Army, Coast Guard, and Marines. Hanscom is also home to the Massachusetts National Guard Joint Force Headquarters. In addition, Hanscom serves as one of nine centers under Air Force Material Command.

Hanscom Air Force Base serves as the largest military base in northeastern Massachusetts, and offers many amenities, ranging from a bowling alley to shopping centers. The area is also widely regarded as a great place to raise children, with school rankings at 8 out of 10. The local Veterans Service Officer is located 4 miles off base, in the town of Bedford. Additional off-base resources, such as housing, schools, and shopping, are located in the nearby Massachusetts towns of Harvard, Shirley, Lancaster, and Ayers. VA outpatient health clinics can be found in Fitchburg and Lowell while major VA medical facilities are in Boston and close by.

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* Militaryonesource.com 2012 demographics profile of the military.
** Data based off of 2013 census data.

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Burlington High
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KG - 5 Public
Marshall Simonds Middle
6 - 8 Public
KG - 5 Public
Pine Glen Elementary
KG - 5 Public
Francis Wyman Elem
KG - 5 Public
Burlington Montessori School
KG - KG Private
Knowledge Beginnings
PK - KG Private
Mount Hope Christian School
PK - 5 Private
Open Bible Academy
PK - 12 Private
Tender Learning Centre
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Daniel P Hurld
KG - 5 Public

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Cities Near Hanscom Air Force Base

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City Distance Population Avg. Home Price Avg. Monthly Rent
Hanscom AFB 5.0 miles 1,893 N/A $2,000+
Boston 15.1 miles 639,594 $371,000 $1,281
Cambridge 9.7 miles 106,844 $532,400 $1,612
Peabody 12.0 miles 51,868 $333,100 $1,239
Somerville 9.3 miles 77,560 $437,200 $1,419
Lowell 11.2 miles 108,491 $228,400 $979
Danvers 13.9 miles 27,075 $360,800 $1,288
Lynn 12.5 miles 91,289 $255,200 $959
Revere 12.3 miles 53,258 $306,900 $1,192
Arlington 6.1 miles 43,728 $498,700 $1,379

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