About This Place
Fall River is a city in Bristol County, Massachusetts, in the United States. It is located about 46 miles (74 km) south of Boston, 16 miles (26 km) southeast of Providence, Rhode Island, and 12 miles (19 km) west of New Bedford and 10 miles (16 km) south of Taunton. The city's population was 88,857 during the 2010 census, making it the tenth largest city in the state. The current mayor of the city is Will Flanagan, elected in 2009.
Located along the eastern shore of Mount Hope Bay at the mouth of the Taunton River, the City became famous during the 19th century as the leading textile manufacturing center in the United States. While the textile industry has long since moved on, its impact on the City's culture and landscape remains to this day.
Fall River's official motto is "We'll Try", dating back to the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1843. It is nicknamed "The Scholarship City", because Dr. Irving Fradkin founded Dollars for Scholars here in 1958.