Introduction to Hopedale, Massachusetts

Hopedale, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 12 miles SW of Framingham, Massachusetts (center to center) and 29 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts.

Hopedale History

Hopedale was settled in 1660 and adopted its present name on August 26, 1841. It was named by Adin Ballou, who founded the community. Established in 1842 upon socialist and Christian ideologies, Hopedale was incorporated as a town in 1886. Prior to its incorporation, the town was part of Milford. The women of the town were first permitted to swim at the town beach in 1905.

Hopedale and Nearby Attractions

  • Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park
  • Hudson Historical Society Museum
  • Purgatory Chasm State Reservation
  • Slater Mill Historic Site
  • Breezy Picnic Grounds Waterslides

Things To Do In Hopedale

The Whitehall State Park is close to the town and offers facilities for boating and fishing. People may also visit parks like Purgatory Chasm State Reservation, Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Quaddick State Park, Cochituate State Park, and Douglas State Forest. There are numerous museums near Hopedale, including, Worcester Art Museum, Ecotarium, Worcester Historical Museum and Library, and Higgins Armory Museum.

Hopedale Transportation

Flights are available from Worcester Regional Airport.

Hopedale Higher Education

The closest colleges to Hopedale include Framingham State College, College of the Holy Cross, and Bryant College.


Total Population 3,875
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 13.8%
Employed Population 16+ 1,965
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 48.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 40%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $112,768
% Above Poverty Level 97.9%
% Below Poverty Level 2.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 38 minutes
% Working from Home 7.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 5%


People Living Alone 34.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,056
Median House Value $285,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.6%
US/American 0.8%
English 12.7%
Irish 35.3%

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

Hopedale Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles SW of Framingham, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 29 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 01747
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.13
Longitude -71.541

Hopedale Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 5.6 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
Station WALPOLE 2
Distance 15.2 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Distance 21.8 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
Bellingham 5,396 $92,875
Mendon 5,938 $120,773
Milford 25,729 $81,458
Northbridge 16,268 $88,977
Upton 3,028 $119,318
Uxbridge 13,709 $99,219

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

Hopedale Public Libraries

Bancroft Memorial Library
Hopedale, Massachusetts
(508) 634-2209

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Hopedale High Schools

Serves 472 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.7

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