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Overview

Introduction to Douglas, Massachusetts

Douglas, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 14 miles S of Worcester, Massachusetts and 40 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. About 7,045 people live in Douglas.

Douglas History

The English became the first Europeans to settle in the area around Douglas in 1715. The earliest settlers primarily came from Sherburn and Natwick. The city was named Douglas in honor of Dr. William Douglas, a physician from Boston who gave a large sum of money for construction of schools and houses in the area.

Douglas and nearby Attractions

  • Brooklyn Historical Society Museum
  • Arnold House
  • Bigelow Hollow State Park
  • Douglas State Forest
  • Scargo Stoneware Pottery & Art Gallery
  • Evelyn Kirrane Aquatic Center

Things To Do In Douglas

Museums located in and around Douglas include the Brooklyn Historical Society Museum, the Scargo Stoneware Pottery and Art Gallery and the Clear River Fine Art Studios. Swimming and water sports can be enjoyed at the Evelyn Kirrane Aquatic center. Opportunities for swimming, boating and fishing are available at the Douglas State Forest, while Southwick’s Zoo is accessible from Douglas as well.

Douglas Transportation

Boston Logan International is the nearest major airport.

Douglas Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include the College of the Holy Cross, Clark University, Assumption College and Worcester State College.

People

Total Population 8,578
Male Share of the Population 52.2%
Female Share of the Population 47.8%
Senior Citizens 9.6%
Employed Population 16+ 4,700
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 55.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 35.4%
Median Earnings25+ $46,882
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $39,716
Median Earnings With High School Degree $38,017

Wealth

Median Family Income $95,278
% Above Poverty Level 95.8%
% Below Poverty Level 4.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 35 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 21.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,082
Median House Value $286,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.2%
US/American 0.3%
English 22.5%
Irish 30.3%

Douglas Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles S of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 40 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 01516
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.054
Longitude -71.74

Douglas 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 BUFFUMVILLE LAKE
Distance 9.3 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
Station WEST THOMPSON LAKE
Distance 10.9 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
Station NORTH FOSTER 1 E
Distance 14.1 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 53.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Millville 3,208 $97,344
Northbridge 16,100 $88,096
Oxford 6,525 $93,900
Sutton 9,078 $118,871
Uxbridge 13,609 $97,902
Webster 12,135 $53,072

Douglas Public Libraries

Library
Simon Fairfield Public Library
290 MAIN STREET
Douglas, Massachusetts
(508) 476-2695

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Douglas High Schools

DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL
33 DAVIS STREET
508-476-4100
Serves 445 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

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