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Overview

Introduction to Dudley, Massachusetts

Dudley, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 16 miles SW of Worcester, Massachusetts and 49 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is located in the Worcester metropolitan area.

Dudley History

Dudley was settled in 1714 and incorporated in 1732. The town was the main manufacturer of the Brogan Boot’s and standard issue uniforms worn by the Union Army during the Civil War. During the Battle of Gettysburg the first casualties were Union soldiers from Dudley. General George Washington camped in this area when he planed to intercept the British Fleet retreating from Boston.

Dudley and nearby Attractions

  • Old Sturbridge Village
  • Aspinock Historical Society
  • Roseland Cottage
  • Hyland Orchard & Brewery
  • Hayden Pond
  • Dudley Reservoir

Things To Do In Dudley

Dudley is a small town with a quaint, rural atmosphere. It mostly serves as a bedroom community; hence it is an ideal place to relax. It has a few parks and also a golf course. The area has some good shopping malls as well. There are a number of ponds and reservoirs which are ideal for recreation.

Dudley Transportation

Worcester Regional Airport serves the area.

Dudley Higher Education

The local college is the Nichols College.

People

Total Population 11,515
Male Share of the Population 51.8%
Female Share of the Population 48.2%
Senior Citizens 11.8%
Employed Population 16+ 5,780
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 43.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.9%
Median Earnings25+ $43,784
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $43,929
Median Earnings With High School Degree $40,272

Wealth

Median Family Income $83,385
% Above Poverty Level 90.1%
% Below Poverty Level 9.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 24.5%
Median Gross Rent $851
Median House Value $246,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.3%
US/American 0.2%
English 8.5%
Irish 20.1%

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

Dudley Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 16 miles SW of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 49 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 01571
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.045
Longitude -71.93

Dudley 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 5.2 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 6.8 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 16.9 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
Charlton 13,215 $100,198
Douglas 8,624 $91,956
Oxford 6,108 $86,595
Sturbridge 2,515 $110,417
Webster 12,522 $51,696

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

Dudley Public Libraries

Library
Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library
1 VILLAGE STREET
Dudley, Massachusetts
(508) 949-8021
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Dudley High Schools

SHEPHERD HILL REG HIGH
68 DUDLEY OXFORD ROAD
508-943-6700
Serves 1,121 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

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