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Overview

Introduction to Grafton, Massachusetts

Grafton, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 7 miles SE of Worcester, Massachusetts and 33 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Worcester metropolitan area.

Grafton History

Grafton was originally a 'Praying Indian' village and was known as Hassanamessit, or Hassanamisco. The Nipmuc tribes were the original inhabitants. In 1718, it was first settled by Europeans, and has contributed significantly to the progress and success of the American Industrial Revolution of 1793. The town was incorporated on April 18, 1735. During the Cold War, the town of Grafton was famous for being a strategic nuclear target. The Wyman Gordon Company that installed the largest metal forge at that time is also located in North Grafton. The town was named after Charles Fitzroy, the Duke of Grafton.

Grafton and nearby Attractions

  • Lake Ripple
  • White City Amusement Park in Shrewsbury
  • Brigham Hill Wildlife Area and Brigham Hill Preserve
  • Gebelein Sanctuary

Things To Do In Grafton

Grafton has a lot to offer if you enjoy hiking and wildlife. The town also includes a number of historical sites, amusement parks and other entertainment options. One can enjoy swimming, fishing and boating in Grafton.

Grafton Transportation

The nearest major airport is Boston Logan International.

Grafton Higher Education

College of the Holy Cross serves the area.

People

Total Population 18,219
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 12%
Employed Population 16+ 9,519
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 57.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 50.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $114,387
% Above Poverty Level 94.1%
% Below Poverty Level 5.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 5.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation 2.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 24.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,044
Median House Value $339,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.9%
US/American 0.8%
English 15.9%
Irish 23.5%

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

Grafton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles SE of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 33 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 01519
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.206
Longitude -71.686

Grafton 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 WORCESTER RGNL AP
Distance 10.9 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
Station BUFFUMVILLE LAKE
Distance 12.6 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 MEDWAY
Distance 13.9 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 38 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Grafton, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Hassanamisco Indian Reservat (01519)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Millbury 13,391 $86,131
Northbridge 16,268 $88,977
Shrewsbury 36,352 $109,946
Sutton 9,141 $115,486
Upton 3,028 $119,318
Westborough 4,158 $114,063

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

Grafton Public Libraries

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Grafton Public Library
33 GRAFTON COMMON
Grafton, Massachusetts
(508) 839-4649

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Grafton High Schools

GRAFTON MEMORIAL SENIOR
24 PROVIDENCE RD
508-839-5425
Serves 546 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

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