The 7th Congressional District includes the cities of Chelsea, Everett, Randolph, and Somerville, approximately 70% of Boston, about 50% each of Cambridge and Milton.
Boston is the capital city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and, at approximately 43 square miles, is the district's largest community. Located along the banks of the Charles River and the waters of Boston Harbor, Boston is home to nearly 600,000 residents. Settled in 1625, Boston was one of the earliest communities established in the New World.
Boston is the birthplace of the American Revolution. Today, residents and visitors can experience that history through a number of attractions, including the Bunker Hill Monument and the Old North Church. To learn more about the City of Boston, visit the official website.
Cambridge is located just to the northwest of Boston. Over 100,000 people call Cambridge's 6.2 square miles home. Cambridge was founded as New Towne in 1630 and served as the capital of the Massachusetts Bay Colony until 1634. In 1638, the community was renamed Cambridge after the city in England. Cambridge is rich with history - George Washington took control of the Continental Army on the Cambridge Common. To learn more about the City of Cambridge, visit the official website.
Chelsea is located northeast of Boston and, at just 1.8 square miles, is the smallest community in the district. Settled in 1624 as Winnisimmet, Chelsea separated from Boston in 1739. The community was then renamed for the Chelsea section of London. Chelsea was the site of the Revolutionary War Battle of Chelsea Creek, which took place in May of 1775. The Chelsea Square Historic District is the site of the first ferry in America (the Winnisimmet Ferry). Devastating fires in 1908 and again in 1973 almost destroyed the city, but it was rebuilt and today is home to over 35,000 residents. To learn more about the City of Chelsea, visit the official website.
The City of Everett is located north of Boston, with a population of just over 41,000 living in about 3.6 square miles. Everett was incorporated as a city in 1892 after separating from Malden in 1870 and establishing itself as a town. The community was named in honor of statesman Edward Everett. A number of businesses flourished in the new city, including shoe making and brick manufacturing. To learn more about the city of Everett, visit the official website: www.ci.everett.ma.us/index.html
The town of Milton is located just south of Boston, with just over 27,000 residents living in 13.1 square miles. It was originally part of Bostonís Dorchester neighborhoods but in 1662 Milton was separated from Boston, becoming its own town. In 2012, the town of Milton celebrated its 350th anniversary. Milton has a rich agrarian history and is home to some of New Englandís first paper and chocolate mills. The Blue Hills Reservation and Houghtonís Pond are located in Milton. For more information, please visit Miltonís official website at www.townofmilton.org.
The City of Randolph is located south of Boston. It was incorporated in 1793 and used to be a part of the City of Braintree. Randolph is believed to have been named in honor of Peyton Randolph, who was Chair of the first and second Continental Congress. Randolph is currently home to over 30,000 residents living in 10.5 square miles. In the 1800ís, one of Randolphís most important industries was shoe and boot making. The Jonathan Belcher House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located in Randolph. To learn more about the city of Randolph, visit the official website: www.townofrandolph.com/Public_Documents/index
Somerville is located just outside of Boston. Congressman Capuano was born and raised here, where he still resides. It is one of the most densely populated communities in the entire country, with over 75,000 residents occupying just 3.8 square miles. Somerville was settled in 1630 and incorporated as a city in 1872. It is home to a number of historic sites, including the Old Powder House, where gunpowder used for the Revolutionary War was stored, and Prospect Hill, where the first flag of the United American Colonies was raised. To learn more about Congressman Capuano's hometown, visit the official website.