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Overview

Introduction to Athol, Massachusetts

Athol, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 31 miles NW of Worcester, Massachusetts and 61 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town contains a population of approximately 11,299.

Athol History

Athol was first settled in the year 1735. Initially, five families first settled in an area in September of 1735 and named it "Pequoiag." The region was officially incorporated in the year 1762. After incorporation, the name was changed to Athol. "Athol" means "pleasant place". It was named so by John Murray, one of the proprietors of the land. The Pan-Am railroad main line follows the East-West course of the Millers River through the center of town. The early settlers of the region subsisted on agriculture and hunting. By 1791, Athol had four grist mills, six sawmills and a mill.

Athol and nearby Attractions

  • Harrison Anglers
  • Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center
  • Barre Historical Society
  • Central Quabbin Area Tourist
  • Wilson H. Lee Park
  • Phillips Park

Things To Do In Athol

Athol has various shopping locales where you can head with family members or friends to hang out or do some serious shopping. The public parks also make for great places to relax during the leisure hours. Food lovers can enjoy the numerous restaurants dotting the city.

Athol Transportation

Worcester Regional is Athol's local airport.

Athol Higher Education

The city is served by Mount Wachusett Community College.

People

Total Population 8,340
Male Share of the Population 51.9%
Female Share of the Population 48.1%
Senior Citizens 13.3%
Employed Population 16+ 3,364
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 43.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.6%
Median Earnings25+ $36,410
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,111
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,772

Wealth

Median Family Income $53,015
% Above Poverty Level 77.2%
% Below Poverty Level 22.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation 2.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.5%
Median Gross Rent $624
Median House Value $136,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.2%
US/American 0%
English 19.2%
Irish 17.1%

Athol Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 31 miles NW of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 61 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 01331, 01368
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.595
Longitude -72.227

Athol 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 TULLY LAKE
Distance 2.6 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 32 F
Apr Temp 32 to 58 F
Jul Temp 56 to 84 F
Oct Temp 35 to 61 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches
Station BIRCH HILL DAM
Distance 6.2 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 PETERBORO 2 S
Distance 22.5 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 30 F
Apr Temp 32 to 54 F
Jul Temp 56 to 79 F
Oct Temp 35 to 58 F
Annual Precip 44.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
New Salem 1,089 $79,896
Orange 3,944 $55,034
Petersham 269 $88,438
Phillipston 1,647 $81,685
Royalston 1,230 $67,875
Warwick 695 $72,875

Athol Public Libraries

Library
Athol Public Library
568 MAIN ST.
Athol, Massachusetts
(978) 249-9515
Library Web Site

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Athol Hospitals

ATHOL MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Federal)
2033 MAIN STREET
(978) 249-3511
Emergency Service: No

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2363 MAIN STREET
978-249-2435
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Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

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129 ALLEN STREET
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Student/teacher ratio: 13

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