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Overview

Introduction to Ashland, Massachusetts

Ashland, Massachusetts, in Middlesex county, is 2 miles SW of Framingham, Massachusetts and 21 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is conveniently located inside the Boston metropolitan area.

Ashland History

The area that is today known as Ashland was settled in the early 1700s. Prior to that, it was inhabited by the Megunko Indians. Earlier known as "Unionville", Ashland was incorporated in the year 1846, bearing the name of statesman Henry Clay's Kentucky estate. The region is considerably newer than many of the surrounding towns. The foundation of the Boston to Albany railroad in the mid 1800s fostered the early development of Ashland. However, until the mid 20th century it remained a mainly centralized residential town with limited industry.

Ashland and nearby Attractions

  • Spooky World Theme Park
  • Taylor Exhibition
  • Fairway Bowling
  • Ryan Family Amusement Center
  • Sri Lakshmi Temple
  • John Stone's Inn

Ashland Transportation

Boston Logan International provides Ashland with air transportation and travel.

Ashland Higher Education

Framingham State College serves the city.

People

Total Population 17,159
Male Share of the Population 47.8%
Female Share of the Population 52.2%
Senior Citizens 12.5%
Employed Population 16+ 9,493
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 61.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 59.2%
Median Earnings25+ $63,423
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $30,774
Median Earnings With High School Degree $36,929

Wealth

Median Family Income $122,222
% Above Poverty Level 96.1%
% Below Poverty Level 3.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 5.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 3.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 24.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,222
Median House Value $361,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.4%
US/American 0%
English 9.2%
Irish 20.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Ashland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles SW of Framingham, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 01721
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.261
Longitude -71.463

Ashland 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 FRAMINGHAM
Distance 2.9 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
Station WEST MEDWAY
Distance 9 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 38 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Station WALPOLE 2
Distance 12.8 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Framingham 70,443 $87,075
Holliston 14,197 $125,513
Hopkinton 2,656 $119,954
Natick 34,892 $130,607
Sherborn 4,245 $165,903
Southborough 9,909 $168,952

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Ashland Public Libraries

Library
Ashland Public Library
66 FRONT ST.
Ashland, Massachusetts
(508) 881-0134
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Ashland High Schools

ASHLAND HIGH
87 WEST UNION STREET
508-881-0177
Serves 626 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

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