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Overview

Introduction to Orange, Massachusetts

Orange, Massachusetts, in Franklin county, is 34 miles NE of Chicopee, Massachusetts (center to center) and 65 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Springfield metropolitan area.

Orange History

Orange was settled in 1746, and more settlers arrived between 1769 and 1780. Incorporated on October 15th, 1783, the town was named in honor of King William III, the Prince of Orange. From 1780 to 1840, it was primarily a farming community. Grout, the first automobile factory in the United States, was established in Orange in 1900. The town is located in Franklin County, which was founded in 1811.

Orange and Nearby Attractions

  • Tully Mountain Wildlife Management Area and Trail
  • Erving State Forest
  • Lake Mattawa
  • Northfield Mountain Cross Country Ski Area
  • Historic Deerfield
  • Hadley Farm Museum

Things To Do In Orange

Orange provides varisou opportunities for recreational activities. People may visit the Wendell State Forest, Erving State Forest, Federated Womens Club State Forest, and Tully Mountain Wildlife Management Area and Trail. The First Assembly of God Church, Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, and Saint Mary’s Parish Church are some of the local churches. The Orange Center Historic District is also worth visiting. Local celebrations include the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival every September.

Orange Transportation

Air transportation is available at Worcester Regional Airport.

Orange Higher Education

Nearby colleges include Mount Wachusett Community College, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, and Keene State College.

People

Total Population 4,160
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 12.5%
Employed Population 16+ 1,633
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 42.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $55,385
% Above Poverty Level 80.7%
% Below Poverty Level 19.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 9.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.9%
% Using Public Transportation 1%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.1%
Median Gross Rent $725
Median House Value $143,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11%
US/American 0.1%
English 12.3%
Irish 20.4%

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

Orange Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 34 miles NE of Chicopee, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 65 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Franklin
Metro Area Springfield
Standard Zip Codes 01355, 01364, 01378
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.59
Longitude -72.31

Orange 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 TULLY LAKE
Distance 5.6 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 32 F
Apr Temp 32 to 58 F
Jul Temp 56 to 84 F
Oct Temp 35 to 61 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches
Station BIRCH HILL DAM
Distance 10.3 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 32 F
Apr Temp 30 to 56 F
Jul Temp 55 to 81 F
Oct Temp 32 to 60 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches
Station BARRE FALLS DAM
Distance 17.8 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Blissville (01364)

Eagleville (01364)

Lake Mattawa (01364)

North Orange (01364)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Athol 8,427 $54,615
Erving 1,875 $73,000
New Salem 1,025 $76,563
Royalston 1,328 $68,021
Warwick 730 $74,167
Wendell 878 $54,375

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

Orange Public Libraries

Library
Wheeler Memorial Library
49 EAST MAIN STREET
Orange, Massachusetts
(978) 544-2495

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Orange High Schools

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507 SOUTH MAIN STREET
978-544-2542
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 718 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

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