Lowell, Massachusetts has a population of 105,000 and was founded as a textile manufacturing city. Lowell has been home to many immigrants coming to the U.S. from England, Canada, Poland and Ireland in the early 1900s to rebuild. For this reason, the area is extremely diverse and has historically been predominantly Catholic. Lowell was the first American city to be named a National Historic Park.
A cluster of buildings in the center of town, connected by the trolley and canal boats comprises Lowell National Historical Park. True to its origins, Lowell has two museums, the American Textile History Museum and the New England Quilt Museum that depict the history of the industry. There is a large Southeast Asian community in Lowell, and their heritage is manifest in some of the local dining options.
Located just 25 miles northwest of Boston, in Northern Massachusetts, Lowell is just several miles south of the New Hampshire/Massachusetts border.