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Overview

Introduction to Ashburnham, Massachusetts

Ashburnham, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 24 miles W of Nashua, New Hampshire (center to center) and 47 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town has a population of 5,546.

Ashburnham History

The land which forms the current town of Ashburnham was given to officers and soldiers of a 1690 expedition to Canada as official land grants. The first settlers arrived in Ashburnham in 1736, and the community was officially incorporated in 1765, 11 years before the nation attained independence from England. Prior to incorporation, the area was called the "Plantation of Dorchester-Canada". According to one tradition, the community was christened "Ashburnham" in the honor of the Earl of Ashburnham, in Pembrey. However, other sources claim that the town was named after the Sussex community of Ashburnham.

Ashburnham and Nearby Attractions

  • Gardner Museum
  • Salisbury Mansion
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial House
  • Federated Womens Club State Forest
  • Watatic Mountain State Wildlife Area
  • Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Things To Do In Ashburnham

The Gardner Museum, located in Worcester County, houses exhibits of historical importance. Fruitland Museums includes the Shaker museum, a farmhouse, Indian artifacts and other memorabilia. Other museums and historic sites close to Ashburnham include the Hudson Historical Society Museum, the Peterborough Historical Society Museum, the Salisbury Mansion, the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial House, the Orchard House, Wright's Tavern, and the Shirley Historical Society Museum. Ashburnham also offers access to a number of state forests such as the Federated Womens Club State Forest, the Leominster State Forest, the Otter River State Forest, the Willard Brook State Forest, and the Marshall State Forest. Monadnock State Park, Miller State Park, Rhododendron State Park, and Silver Lake State Park are some of the popular parks in the area.

Ashburnham Transportation

Bradley International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Ashburnham Higher Education

Mount Wachusett Community College, Fitchburg State College, Franklin Pierce College, and Atlantic Union College are some of the nearby colleges.

People

Total Population 6,133
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 10.9%
Employed Population 16+ 3,379
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 62.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36%
Median Earnings25+ $50,056
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,658
Median Earnings With High School Degree $40,625

Wealth

Median Family Income $102,667
% Above Poverty Level 91.6%
% Below Poverty Level 8.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 35 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 23.4%
Median Gross Rent $978
Median House Value $239,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.4%
US/American 0%
English 14.1%
Irish 26%

Ashburnham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 24 miles W of Nashua, New Hampshire (center to center)
Nearest Large City 47 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 01430
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.636
Longitude -71.908

Ashburnham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BIRCH HILL DAM
Distance 10.6 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 32 F
Apr Temp 30 to 56 F
Jul Temp 55 to 81 F
Oct Temp 32 to 60 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches
Station WORCESTER RGNL AP
Distance 25.6 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 54 F
Jul Temp 61 to 79 F
Oct Temp 41 to 58 F
Annual Precip 49 inches
Station LOWELL
Distance 27.6 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 33 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 85 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 43.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ashby 3,147 $89,107
Fitchburg 40,419 $55,363
Gardner 20,279 $59,137
Lunenburg 1,831 $74,402
Westminster 7,361 $96,961
Winchendon 3,714 $51,000

Ashburnham Public Libraries

Library
Stevens Memorial Library
20 MEMORIAL DRIVE
Ashburnham, Massachusetts
(978) 827-4115

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