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

Athol Transportation

Worcester Regional is Athol's local airport.

Athol Higher Education

The city is served by Mount Wachusett Community College.


Total Population 8,427
Male Share of the Population 50.6%
Female Share of the Population 49.4%
Senior Citizens 14.6%
Employed Population 16+ 3,438
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 38.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16%
Median Earnings25+ $37,000
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,484
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,684


Median Family Income $54,615
% Above Poverty Level 78.1%
% Below Poverty Level 21.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%


People Living Alone 36.2%
Median Gross Rent $640
Median House Value $135,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.5%
US/American 0%
English 19.5%
Irish 17.4%

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

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


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

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
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
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 1,025 $76,563
Orange 4,160 $55,385
Petersham 252 $88,750
Phillipston 1,731 $81,198
Royalston 1,328 $68,021
Warwick 730 $74,167

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

Athol Public Libraries

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

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Athol Hospitals

(Government - Federal)
(978) 249-3511
Emergency Service: No

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

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Student/teacher ratio: 13

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