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Overview

Introduction to Holden, Massachusetts

Holden, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 6 miles NW of Worcester, Massachusetts and 41 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is in the Worcester area.

Holden History

The town of Holden was originally a rural farming area. Holden was officially incorporated as a town on January 9, 1741. It was named after Samuel Holden, a merchant and philanthropist. In 1951, the town of Holden adopted a "selectmen-Town Manager" form of government.

Holden and nearby Attractions

  • Higgins Armory Museum - Worcester.
  • Worcester Art Museum
  • Green Hill Park
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - Boston

Things To Do In Holden

The town of Holden features several scenic watersheds, open spaces and recreational areas. In addition, the town includes numerous unique shopping centers, restaurants, movie theaters and other entertainment options where you can relax during your leisure time.

Holden Transportation

The nearest airport is Worcester Regional.

Holden Higher Education

Quinsigamond Community College serves the area.

People

Total Population 18,053
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 14.2%
Employed Population 16+ 9,504
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 59.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 51.7%
Median Earnings25+ $51,929
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,375
Median Earnings With High School Degree $37,759

Wealth

Median Family Income $110,788
% Above Poverty Level 96.9%
% Below Poverty Level 3.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 16.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,133
Median House Value $284,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.9%
US/American 0.6%
English 12.5%
Irish 30.2%

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

Holden Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles NW of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 41 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 01520
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.351
Longitude -71.863

Holden 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 6 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 BARRE FALLS DAM
Distance 10.3 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 FRAMINGHAM
Distance 23.4 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Paxton 4,860 $108,221
Princeton 3,456 $127,043
Rutland 2,433 $81,667
Sterling 7,896 $117,975
West Boylston 7,834 $85,393
Worcester 183,382 $56,221

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

Holden Public Libraries

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Gale Free Library
23 HIGHLAND ST.
Holden, Massachusetts
(508) 829-0228

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Holden High Schools

WACHUSETT REGIONAL HIGH
1401 MAIN STREET
508-829-6771
Serves 1,767 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

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