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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 contains a population of approximately 14,894.

Grafton History

Grafton was originallty 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 18,047
Male Share of the Population 50.3%
Female Share of the Population 49.7%
Senior Citizens 12.1%
Employed Population 16+ 9,143
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 56%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 48.5%
Median Earnings25+ $52,761
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,661
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,964

Wealth

Median Family Income $108,220
% Above Poverty Level 92.8%
% Below Poverty Level 7.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 6.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 2.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 25.2%
Median Gross Rent $993
Median House Value $339,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.2%
US/American 0.9%
English 13.7%
Irish 25.5%

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 13,350 $86,918
Northbridge 16,100 $88,096
Shrewsbury 36,114 $112,395
Sutton 9,078 $118,871
Upton 3,319 $126,161
Westborough 4,061 $102,228

Grafton Public Libraries

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

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24 PROVIDENCE RD
508-839-5425
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Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

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