New Bedford is a city in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States It is located approximately 60 miles (97 km) south of Boston, 33 miles (53 km) southeast of Providence, Rhode Island. 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 during the 19th century, the city was one of the most important whaling and fishing ports in the world, along with Nantucket, Massachusetts and New London, Connecticut. The city, along with Fall River, Massachusetts and Taunton, Massachusetts, make up the three largest cities on the South Coast region of Massachusetts. The Greater Providence-Fall River-New Bedford area is home to the largest Portuguese-American community in the United States. About 45-50% of the population in both cites and the surrounding areas has Portuguese ancestry.



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