A quiet rural town located in Middlesex County, Carlisle was first settled in 1651 and incorporated into the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1805. Today, Carlisle still has a population of only 4,800, spread across Carlisle’s almost 16 square mile area. Over one quarter of the land in Carlisle is reserved as conservation areas and the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is a superb location for residents looking to explore the outdoors. They may also enjoy the Great Brook Farm State Park. Despite its rural character and lack of apartment complexes, industrial parks, and condominium developments, Carlisle has a strong community and many resident run organizations including its own orchestra and choir.
Carlisle is bordered by Billerica, Chelmsford, Westford, Acton, and Concord. Carlisle is located 19 miles northwest of Boston and 8 Miles Southwest of Lowell.