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Overview

Introduction to Barre, Massachusetts

Barre, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 19 miles NW of Worcester, Massachusetts and 53 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts.

Barre History

The town of Barre was originally known as the Northwest District of Rutland. It was first settled by Europeans in 1720, and officially incorporated as Hutchinson in 1774. It was named in honor of Thomas Hutchinson, a Colonial Governor of Massachusetts. It has been known by its current name since 1776. The town was named after Isaac Barre, a hero of the American Revolution.

Barre and nearby Attractions

  • Barre Historical Society and Museum
  • Russell’s Fossil Museum
  • Rutland State Park
  • Fisher Museum at Harvard Forest
  • Wachusett Mountain Ski Area
  • Wachusett Mountain State Reservation

Things To Do In Barre

The Wachusett Mountain Ski Area is a popular local ski resort. Local museums include the Barre Historical Society and Museum, Russell’s Fossil Museum and the Fisher Museum at Harvard Forest. The Adventure Game Theatre and Crystal Caves Family Entertainment Center are popular recreational spots for children.

Barre Transportation

Worcester Regional is the nearest major airport.

Barre Higher Education

Mount Wachusett Community College, the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester State College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Assumption College are the local colleges.

People

Total Population 1,075
Male Share of the Population 58.5%
Female Share of the Population 41.5%
Senior Citizens 30.5%
Employed Population 16+ 317
Age of the Population 46

Families

% of people married 34.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $79,048
% Above Poverty Level 93.5%
% Below Poverty Level 6.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 0 minutes
% Working from Home 54.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 46.7%
Median Gross Rent $783
Median House Value $192,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.4%
US/American 0%
English 35.6%
Irish 4.4%

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

Barre Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 19 miles NW of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 53 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 01005
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.422
Longitude -72.105

Barre 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 BARRE FALLS DAM
Distance 3.8 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 32 F
Apr Temp 32 to 55 F
Jul Temp 55 to 80 F
Oct Temp 34 to 59 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches
Station BIRCH HILL DAM
Distance 14.6 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 PETERBORO 2 S
Distance 30.6 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
Hardwick 3,001 $69,792
Hubbardston 4,474 $94,485
New Braintree 1,133 $84,844
Oakham 1,803 $85,682
Petersham 252 $88,750
Rutland 2,433 $81,667

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

Barre Public Libraries

Library
Woods Memorial Library
19 PLEASANT ST.
Barre, Massachusetts
(978) 355-2533

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Barre High Schools

QUABBIN REGIONAL MID/HS
800 SOUTH STREET
978-355-4651
Serves 1,559 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

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