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Holden, Massachusetts


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Holden, Massachusetts

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. There are 15,621 residents in Holden.

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.

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High Points

Holden strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Massachusetts):

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Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Holden Low Property Crime
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Holden College Educated Adults
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Holden People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Holden Low Rate of Poverty
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Holden Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Holden, Massachusetts

Comparing Holden to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Massachusetts (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).


The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Age of the Population 9 7
Well-Paid Single Men 8 6
Well-Paid Single Women 8 6
Male Share of the Population 6 4
Senior Citizens 5 7
Female Share of the Population 5 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 7
Racial Diversity 2 5

Families

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Portion of People Married 9 9
Average Household Size 8 7

Wealth

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
College Educated Adults 9 8
People Above Poverty 9 8
Median Family Income 9 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Working at Home 6 4
Public Transportation Use 6 4
Short Commute Times 4 7
Walking and Biking to Work 2 3

Housing

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 3
Housing Recently Built 4 5
Affordability of Rents 4 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 4
People Living Alone 2 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 3

Crime

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Low Property Crime 10 9
Low Violent Crime 8 7

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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
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Holden Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 15,621 100%
Male 7,542 48.3%
Female 8,079 51.7%
Under 18 4,224 27%
18+ 11,397 73%
65+ 2,218 14.2%
Median Age 40.1
Average Family Size 3.13
White 15,214 97.4%
African-American 76 0.5%
Asian 154 1%
American Indian & Alaskan 15 0.1%
Other 37 0.2%
Mixed Race 124 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 150 1%

Estimated Holden Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 16,592
Growth 971
Growth % 6.2%

Holden Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 22.9%
English 13.2%
Italian 10.2%
French (except Basque) 7.3%
Swedish 6.6%
German 5%
French Canadian 4.8%
Polish 4.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.3%
US/American 3.7%
Scotch-Irish 2.1%
Scottish 2%
Russian 1.7%
Lithuanian 1.5%
Dutch 1.3%
Armenian 1.3%
Greek 1.1%
Finnish 1%
Lebanese 0.7%
Norwegian 0.6%
European 0.5%
Welsh 0.4%
Portuguese 0.3%
British 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Albanian 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Eastern European 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Turkish 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Holden 15,621 $73,614
Paxton 4,386 $80,498
Princeton 3,353 $84,300
Rutland 6,353 $70,689
Sterling 7,257 $76,943
West Boylston 7,481 $69,100
Worcester 172,648 $42,988

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 (2004)

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

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5. Ellisville, Missouri 90.5   20% 14.6% 37.9% 28 $74,375 6.8% 4.9% 9,104 3.5% 8.8 0.2% 0.7
6. Chelmsford, Massachusetts 90.3   23.1% 13% 44% 29 $82,676 6.7% 6.9% 33,858 2.8% 16 0.3% 1.2
7. Merrimac, Massachusetts 90.3   19.8% 11% 30.8% 30 $69,118 7.3% 1.7% 6,138 2.7% 8.3 0.6% 2
8. Medford Lakes, New Jersey 90.3   15.2% 12.4% 50.1% 32 $83,695 6.3% 1.7% 4,173 2.1% 5.3 0.4% 1
9. Wilbraham, Massachusetts 90.2   17.8% 16.9% 44.4% 25 $73,825 5.6% 3.6% 13,473 5.1% 17.2 0.5% 0.9
10. Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan 90.2   21.9% 18.2% 51.2% 25 $89,086 6% 3.7% 17,080 2.4% 10.8 0.4% 0.9
11. Kirtland, Ohio 90.1   19.4% 14.8% 32.6% 24 $76,062 5.6% 1.5% 6,670 2.3% 8.4 0.5% 0.5
12. Northborough, Massachusetts 89.9   17% 9.8% 51% 27 $90,480 7.3% 7% 14,013 2.8% 10.9 0.4% 0.4
13. Ballwin, Missouri 89.9   21.3% 12.1% 46.7% 28 $77,021 7.3% 6.6% 31,283 3.2% 7.8 0.2% 0.6
14. Tewksbury, Massachusetts 89.8   18.6% 11.5% 25.2% 31 $76,443 7% 3.6% 28,851 3.8% 14.1 0.3% 1.2
15. Pequannock, New Jersey 89.6   20.8% 14.1% 37.5% 28 $84,487 6.8% 3.4% 13,888 3% 13.6 0.3% 0.4
16. Norwell, Massachusetts 89.5   14.4% 12.6% 51.9% 37 $96,771 7.2% 2.4% 9,765 1.9% 11.7 0.6% 1.4
17. Villa Hills, Kentucky 89.4   17.9% 10% 44.4% 23 $79,810 5.7% 2.5% 7,948 2.5% 6.4 0.4% 0.3
18. Reading, Massachusetts 89.4   22.4% 14.2% 47.8% 28 $89,076 7.2% 3.5% 23,708 2.6% 6.6 0.1% 0.7
19. Rehoboth, Massachusetts 89.3   13.9% 10% 32.1% 28 $71,992 5.9% 2.3% 10,172 3.1% 11.8 0.3% 2.6
20. Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan 89.2   22.3% 17.9% 68.1% 27 $109,264 6.5% 2.4% 9,764 2.1% 15 0.5% 0.4
21. Granby, Massachusetts 89   19.8% 11.7% 23% 22 $57,632 5.6% 3.2% 6,132 2.2% 13.2 0.3% 2.5
22. Cumberland, Rhode Island 89   22.3% 16% 29.5% 25 $63,194 6.2% 3.3% 31,840 3.9% 18.6 0.3% 0.4
23. Bedford, New Hampshire 88.9   14.1% 11.5% 49.3% 28 $91,868 7.3% 2.6% 18,274 2.2% 9.4 0.5% 0.4
24. Shelton, Connecticut 88.8   21.7% 14.9% 29.9% 26 $75,523 6.2% 5.6% 38,101 3.2% 13.2 0.7% 0.8
25. River Vale, New Jersey 88.8   15.3% 13.4% 48.5% 35 $105,919 6.9% 7.7% 9,449 2.8% 2.9 0.4% 1.3
26. North Smithfield, Rhode Island 88.8   21.3% 18% 25.9% 26 $67,331 5.3% 1.7% 10,618 3.5% 15.5 0.3% 0.7
27. Amherst, Ohio 88.7   20.3% 15.7% 22.1% 23 $57,990 5.5% 3.2% 11,797 2.1% 15.7 0.3% 1
28. Bellbrook, Ohio 88.7   17.3% 9.2% 40.6% 23 $69,770 6.2% 2.8% 7,009 2.3% 15 0.2% 0.1
29. Bellingham, Massachusetts 88.6   18.1% 9.7% 22% 33 $72,074 7% 3.1% 15,314 2.5% 16.4 0.2% 0.9
30. Medford, New Jersey 88.5   17.3% 10.7% 49.9% 32 $97,135 6.4% 3.3% 22,253 1.9% 12.9 0.3% 0.5
31. Muskego, Wisconsin 88.5   14.9% 10% 25% 26 $69,722 6.7% 1.9% 21,397 1.6% 9.8 0.6% 0.5
32. Mendham, New Jersey 88.1   18.9% 16.8% 62.2% 33 $129,812 6.9% 2.9% 5,097 4.1% 8.2 0.5% 1
33. New Berlin, Wisconsin 87.9   19.1% 12.7% 36.8% 22 $75,565 6% 4.2% 38,220 2% 13.5 0.2% 0.5
34. Taylor Mill, Kentucky 87.8   19.8% 10.4% 29.3% 24 $60,000 7.1% 2.1% 6,913 4.8% 6.9 0.2% 0.6
35. Wyckoff, New Jersey 87.5   14.7% 15.8% 56.6% 32 $117,864 7.2% 5.5% 16,508 1.8% 7.5 0.4% 0.4
36. Gorham, Maine 87.3   20.5% 10% 31.5% 24 $55,434 6% 2.4% 14,141 7.4% 14.9 0.5% 1.1
37. East Greenwich, New Jersey 87.3   17.4% 14.9% 23.9% 28 $74,455 5.7% 5.3% 5,430 3.9% 14.2 0.3% 1.1
38. Wayland, Massachusetts 87.2   16% 14.3% 68.3% 32 $113,671 7.2% 7.8% 13,100 2.5% 8.5 0.7% 0.3
39. Grafton, Massachusetts 87.1   24.7% 11.2% 34.8% 30 $66,396 7.3% 4.1% 14,894 5.6% 5.8 0.1% 1.7
40. Dracut, Massachusetts 87   21% 11.6% 20.1% 29 $65,633 6.8% 4.9% 28,562 3.7% 14.2 0.4% 2.1
41. Haddonfield, New Jersey 87   23.9% 15.9% 64.9% 29 $103,597 6.4% 3.5% 11,659 2.2% 13.1 0.3% 0.8
42. Readington, New Jersey 87   18.2% 9.8% 48.2% 35 $106,343 7.4% 4.9% 15,803 1.6% 10.6 0.3% 0.6
43. Canfield, Ohio 87   24.5% 17.4% 40.7% 23 $71,484 5.4% 2.7% 7,374 3.2% 14.2 0.6% 0.3
44. Franklin Park, Pennsylvania 87   13.3% 9.4% 60% 27 $94,521 6.9% 5% 11,364 3.1% 7.5 0.5% 0.3
45. Roxbury, New Jersey 86.9   18.1% 9.9% 33.9% 35 $83,409 7.1% 7.4% 23,883 2.7% 14.2 0.4% 1.1
46. Bethel Park, Pennsylvania 86.9   25.9% 18.1% 37.8% 31 $64,390 5.3% 2.9% 33,556 3.7% 8.3 0.4% 1
47. Middletown, New Jersey 86.7   18.9% 12.8% 35% 38 $86,124 6.8% 5.3% 66,327 3.1% 10.5 0.6% 1
48. Sylvania, Ohio 86.7   26.2% 13.3% 43.3% 23 $73,947 6.2% 4.8% 18,670 4.2% 19.8 0.4% 0.1
49. Hudson, Massachusetts 86.6   25.3% 12.2% 28.4% 26 $70,145 6.6% 5.9% 18,113 4.5% 13.6 0.3% 0.5
50. Hopedale, Massachusetts 86.4   26.1% 15.5% 28% 31 $68,571 7.2% 2.5% 5,907 4% 9.8 0.2% 1.9
51. Montvale, New Jersey 86.4   17.2% 12.6% 55.3% 29 $104,047 7% 7.2% 7,034 0.9% 7.3 0.5% 1
52. Middleton, Massachusetts 86.3   19.9% 9.5% 29.3% 29 $87,605 6.1% 4.6% 7,744 3.7% 7.2 0.4% 0.1
53. Bernardsville, New Jersey 86.3   21.1% 12.7% 59.6% 33 $126,601 7.6% 6.1% 7,345 2.8% 11.3 0.5% 0.3
54. Easton, Massachusetts 86   20.7% 9.4% 39.6% 30 $82,190 6.5% 8.1% 22,299 2% 7.2 0.5% 0.4
55. North Andover, Massachusetts 86   24.9% 13.4% 50.3% 30 $91,105 7% 6.3% 27,202 2.9% 7.2 0.5% 0.4
56. North Olmsted, Ohio 86   26.4% 15% 27.1% 25 $62,422 5.5% 6% 34,113 4.1% 14.7 0.4% 0.9
57. North Royalton, Ohio 86   26.6% 12% 29.4% 29 $69,983 5.4% 3.8% 28,648 2.3% 4.5 0.4% 0.9
58. Germantown, Wisconsin 85.9   20.4% 9.4% 29.4% 22 $68,975 7.3% 4.2% 18,260 2.5% 17.4 0.3% 0.2
59. Shoreview, Minnesota 85.8   24.1% 9.7% 46.9% 23 $82,500 5.5% 6.7% 25,924 2.1% 13.5 0.4% 0.6
60. Waldwick, New Jersey 85.8   18.7% 15.2% 36.7% 28 $82,208 7.6% 7.3% 9,622 2.1% 7.7 0.2% 0.5
61. Wakefield, Massachusetts 85.6   26.2% 15.1% 39.7% 29 $77,834 6.4% 3.1% 24,804 3.1% 9.2 0.2% 0.6
62. Cranford, New Jersey 85.5   22% 17.9% 43% 31 $86,624 6.5% 6.3% 22,578 2.5% 11.5 0.3% 0.4
63. Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey 85.4   10.6% 13.4% 58.3% 34 $133,925 7.1% 6.2% 5,745 1.5% 7.7 0.2% 0.5
64. Stow, Ohio 85.4   23.8% 12% 36.2% 25 $67,822 6.6% 4.8% 32,139 4% 21.8 0.4% 0.4
65. Canton, Massachusetts 85.2   25.4% 16.9% 44.7% 32 $82,904 6.3% 7.5% 20,775 3.4% 11.1 0.4% 1.7
66. Sherborn, Massachusetts 85.2   12.3% 11.3% 75.6% 37 $136,211 7.5% 3.5% 4,200 2.3% 5.2 0.1% 0.7
67. Northbridge, Massachusetts 85.1   22.4% 13.8% 23.7% 30 $62,095 7.4% 3.7% 13,182 5.3% 11.8 0.2% 2.4
68. Malverne, New York 85   15.3% 15.6% 36.7% 36 $87,197 6.5% 8% 8,934 1.6% 3.3 0.2% 0.9
69. Grafton, Wisconsin 84.3   23.7% 11.7% 29.1% 23 $65,825 6.4% 2.3% 10,312 1.7% 14.6 0.3% 0.3
70. Winchester, Massachusetts 83.5   22% 17.1% 64.9% 30 $110,226 7.3% 6.9% 20,810 2.6% 12.2 0.6% 0.8
71. Pitman, New Jersey 83.5   26% 15% 31.7% 26 $59,419 5.8% 2.8% 9,331 5.6% 11.8 0.2% 0.1
72. Perkasie, Pennsylvania 83.5   24.4% 10.6% 22.8% 28 $59,413 7.3% 2.2% 8,828 4.7% 20.6 0.2% 1.3
73. Plainville, Massachusetts 83.3   26.2% 12.1% 28.3% 31 $68,640 6.8% 3.2% 7,683 4% 12.9 0.7% 1
74. Needham, Massachusetts 83   23.4% 18% 64.9% 29 $107,570 7.4% 5.2% 28,911 2.5% 8.5 0.5% 0.3
75. Milford, New Hampshire 82.8   25% 9.6% 26.7% 25 $61,682 7.3% 3.2% 13,535 5.2% 15.7 0.4% 1.2
76. Pompton Lakes, New Jersey 82.7   24.1% 13.4% 28.4% 27 $74,701 6.9% 7% 10,640 3.2% 13 0.2% 1.1
77. Spanish Fort, Alabama 82.6   24.1% 17.7% 39.1% 26 $67,844 5.8% 6.4% 5,423 2.8% 14.4 0.4% 0.9
78. Floral Park, New York 82.1   22.8% 15.6% 36.9% 37 $87,243 6.3% 6.4% 15,967 3.1% 4 0.3% 0.9
79. Milford, Massachusetts 82   25.7% 12.9% 26.7% 28 $61,029 7.2% 7.1% 26,799 7.2% 9.3 0.3% 2.4
80. Pembroke, New Hampshire 81.9   23.1% 9.9% 21.3% 25 $57,106 6.6% 2.2% 6,897 5.4% 17 0.6% 1.5
81. Hastings, Minnesota 81.5   22.5% 11.7% 20.2% 23 $61,093 6.7% 2.8% 18,204 4.9% 20.8 0.2% 0.6
82. Hawthorne, New Jersey 80.9   26.4% 15.5% 25.6% 25 $65,451 6.3% 6.2% 18,218 3.4% 14.1 0.3% 0.6
83. Lynbrook, New York 79.3   24.8% 17.7% 29.7% 35 $75,023 5.9% 7.9% 19,911 4.2% 8.4 0.5% 0.8
84. Bronxville, New York 77.5   24.4% 12.2% 73.6% 41 $200,001 7% 8.1% 6,543 2.7% 7.3 0.8% 0.5
85. Indianola, Iowa 77.1   26.7% 15.4% 27% 23 $52,238 6.7% 2.1% 12,998 7.2% 18.1 0.3% 2.5
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