is a city in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States, located 51 miles (82 km) south of Boston, 28 miles (45 km) southeast of Providence, Rhode Island, and about 12 miles (19 km) east of Fall River. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 95,072, making it the sixth-largest city in Massachusetts. New Bedford is nicknamed “
The Whaling City” because it was, during the 19th century, one of the most important whaling ports in the world. The city, along with Fall River and Taunton, is one of three cities on the south coast of Massachusetts.
New Bedford is governed by a Mayor-Council form of government. The mayor is currently Attorney Scott Lang, a Democrat, who defeated incumbent Frederick Kalisz for the mayorship in 2005. Lang subsequently won reelection in 2007 and 2009. He chose not to seek reelection to a fourth term, and former federal prosecutor Jon F. Mitchell defeated State Representative Antonio F.D. Cabral in the 2011 mayoral election.
The New Bedford Police Department patrols the city from four stations. The main station is located on Rockdale Avenue in a converted supermarket plaza and replaces the former headquarters located downtown). There are also branches in the North End (at the intersection of Tarkiln Hill Road and Ashley Boulevard), South End (along Cove Street near the end of Route 18), and Downtown (on Pleasant Street near City Hall). The Chief of Police is Currently Ron Teachman The ranking of the police is Chief of Police Deputy Chief of Police Captain Lieutenant Sergeant Police Officer
The Fire Department is
ll-time, and has seven firehouses distributed around the city. The Fire Department headquarters (sta. #2) is located on Purchase Street in the downtown district which houses administrative offices of the department as well as personnel.
There are four post offices, the Central (a scaled replica of New York’s Penn Station Post Office) located downtown, one located in the South End, and two more located in the North End.
The city formerly operated a trash dump located in the Mount Pleasant area of town between the regional airport and the Whaling City Golf Course. However, owing to pollution concerns, the dump was closed in the 1990s. The city now provides weekly trash and recycling pickup.