New Bedford is a major city located in Bristol County and is part of the Southcoast Region. Easily accessible by Route 140, Interstate 195, Route 18 and US-6. The current mayor is Jon Mitchell. New Bedford was part of Old Dartmouth. The neighboring towns are Freetown, Acushnet, Fairhaven, and Dartmouth. The city is home to Buttonwood Park, a downtown area and many Portugese people. Home of the Whaling Museum. There are several fire stations, police stations, schools and public library branches in New Bedford.