Auburn, Massachusetts

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Auburn, Massachusetts

Introduction to Auburn, Massachusetts

Auburn, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 5 miles S of Worcester, Massachusetts and 41 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is located in the Worcester metropolitan area. Auburn has a population of 15,901.

Auburn History


Auburn was first settled in the year 1714. It was officially incorporated in 1778 as the town of Ward, in honor of the American Revolution General Artemas Ward. Before incorporation, most of the region that is covered by today’s Auburn was known as the South Parish of Worcester. The other portions fell within the town limits of Millbury and Leicester. The town was renamed "Auburn" in the year 1837 after the Post Office complained that the name "Ward" was too similar to the nearby town of Ware.

Auburn and nearby Attractions

  • Horgan Skating Rink
  • Rocketland Park
  • Pakachoag Golf Course
  • Crystal Caves Mini-Golf and Ice Cream
  • Hampton Place
  • AMF Bowling

Things To Do In Auburn

There are many recreation options for people staying in Auburn. The city is dotted with many parks and golf courses where people of all ages can relax and enjoy themselves. The city also has many good restaurants serving mouthwatering seafood and other traditional meals.

Auburn Transportation

The local airport serving Auburn is Worcester Regional.

Auburn Higher Education

College of the Holy Cross serves the city.

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High Points

Auburn strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Massachusetts):

Category Trophy
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 9% Auburn Affordability of Property Taxes
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Auburn Low Rate of Poverty
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 17% Auburn Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Auburn, Massachusetts

Comparing Auburn to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Massachusetts (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 9 8
Senior Citizens 8 10
Well-Paid Single Women 8 6
Well-Paid Single Men 8 6
Female Share of the Population 7 8
Male Share of the Population 4 3
Racial Diversity 2 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 5
Average Household Size 5 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 8
People in Middle Class or Better 8 6
Median Family Income 8 5
College Educated Adults 7 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 5 9
Public Transportation Use 4 3
Working at Home 3 2
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 10
People Living Alone 5 7
Affordability of Rents 5 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 6
Housing Recently Built 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 5 1

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Auburn Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles S of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 41 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 01501
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.194
Longitude -71.836

Auburn Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.6 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
Distance 6.3 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 34 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 61 F
Annual Precip 48.8 inches
Distance 17.2 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 35 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51.2 inches
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Auburn Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 15,901 100%
Male 7,572 47.6%
Female 8,329 52.4%
Under 18 3,616 22.7%
18+ 12,285 77.3%
65+ 2,882 18.1%
Median Age 40.9
Average Family Size 3.01
White 15,510 97.5%
African-American 92 0.6%
Asian 142 0.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 18 0.1%
Other 37 0.2%
Mixed Race 98 0.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 166 1%

Estimated Auburn Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 16,400
Growth 499
Growth % 3.1%

Auburn Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 20.5%
French (except Basque) 13.9%
Italian 12.7%
English 8.3%
French Canadian 7.7%
Polish 7.5%
Swedish 6.5%
US/American 4.6%
German 3.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.9%
Lithuanian 2.2%
Armenian 1.1%
Scotch-Irish 1%
Scottish 1%
Dutch 0.6%
Canadian 0.6%
Greek 0.6%
Russian 0.6%
Danish 0.4%
Albanian 0.4%
Portuguese 0.4%
Lebanese 0.4%
Finnish 0.4%
Romanian 0.3%
African 0.3%
British 0.3%
European 0.2%
Norwegian 0.2%
Other Arab 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Auburn 15,901 $60,805
Grafton 14,894 $66,396
Leicester 10,471 $64,202
Millbury 12,784 $62,564
Oxford 13,352 $58,973
Sutton 8,250 $81,000
Worcester 172,648 $42,988

Auburn Public Libraries

Auburn Free Public Library
Auburn, Massachusetts
(508) 832-7790

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(As of 2005)
Auburn Centre
434A Southbridge Street (Route 12)
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