Mansfield is a town in Bristol County, Massachusetts. Mansfield is in the south-southwest suburbs of Boston and is also close to Providence, Rhode Island. The town is twinned with Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, England. Mansfield is the home of the Xfinity Center (formerly known as Great Woods, Tweeter Center and Comcast Center) concert venue, one of the most popular in New England. It is also the birthplace of Honey Dew Donuts, a regional New England chain of donut shops.
Mansfield’s location is 28 miles south of Boston, 14 miles west of Brockton, and 19 miles north of Providence, Rhode Island. It is bordered by Foxboro and Sharon to the north, Easton to the east, Norton to the south, and Plainville to the west. The town’s northern border is also a portion of the northern border of Bristol County. Its neighborhoods include East Mansfield, Ginty Corner, Mansfield Center, Purdy Corner and West Mansfield.
The town is governed by an open town meeting, which in turn is managed by a board of selectmen and town manager. The town has a police department located in the center of town, as well as two fire stations, near the town center. The Mansfield Public Library is located at Memorial Park, and the post office is near the intersection of Routes 106 & 140. In addition to Memorial Park, the town also has the Magna-Vista Recreation Area.
On the state level, the town is represented in the State Senate as a portion of the Bristol and Norfolk district, including Dover, Foxboro, Mansfield, Medfield, Norton, Rehoboth, Seekonk and Walpole, as well as parts of Attleboro and Sharon. The town is a part of three separate state representative districts, the First and Fourteenth Bristol and Eight Norfolk districts. The town is also patrolled by Troop H (Metro Boston region) of the Massachusetts State Police, 3rd District (Foxboro barracks). On the national level, the town is part of Massachusetts Congressional District 4.
Mansfield has its own school department consisting of five schools, governed by a superintendent of schools and a school committee. (Coincidentally, the school department building was once the public library and before that, it was the town hall, and the town hall was once the high school.) There are three elementary schools and Mansfield High School. In addition to the public schools, high school students may also attend Southeastern Regional Vocational-Technical High School in Easton or Bristol County Agricultural High School in Dighton free of charge. Mansfield residents can also send their children to the Foxboro Regional Charter School. The town also has one parochial school and an Islamic high school
The intersection of Interstates 95 and 495 is located on the Mansfield-Foxboro town line, with both highways going through the town. Additionally, the town includes a limited-access section of Route 140, as well as part of Route 106. The only exits off the interstates which located within the town are I-495 Exit 12 (linking to a limited access section of Rt. 140 North, I-495 Exit 11 (linking to Rt. 140 South and South Main Street) and exit 7A off I-95 which connects to Rt. 140. The town also has a stop along the MBTA’s commuter line between Providence and Boston, and is serviced by Mansfield Municipal Airport, which serves smaller aircraft. The nearest international airport is T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island, 30 miles away.
Mansfield is served by the Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority, or GATRA, which provides bus transit between the surrounding regions.