Petersham, Massachusetts

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Petersham, Massachusetts

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Petersham College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Petersham Well-Paid Single Men
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Petersham People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Petersham Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Petersham Well-Paid Single Women
Affordability of Rents
(vs. State)
Top 16% Petersham Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Petersham, Massachusetts

Comparing Petersham 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
to State
Well-Paid Single Men 10 6
Age of the Population 9 10
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Women 9 4
Senior Citizens 7 9
Racial Diversity 5 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 3
Female Share of the Population 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 6
Average Household Size 6 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 8
People in Middle Class or Better 9 6
Median Family Income 9 4
People Above Poverty 8 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Public Transportation Use 7 3
Short Commute Times 2 4
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 8
People Living Alone 5 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 2
Affordability of Rents 3 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 8
Housing Recently Built 1 1

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Petersham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 25 miles NW of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 58 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 01366
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.487
Longitude -72.187

Petersham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 8.7 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
Distance 10.7 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 VERNON
Distance 25.6 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 32 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches
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Petersham Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,180 100%
Male 594 50.3%
Female 586 49.7%
Under 18 264 22.4%
18+ 916 77.6%
65+ 207 17.5%
Median Age 43.2
Average Family Size 3.04
White 1,147 97.2%
African-American 8 0.7%
Asian 3 0.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 9 0.8%
Other 1 0.1%
Mixed Race 12 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 13 1.1%

Estimated Petersham Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,285
Growth 105
Growth % 8.9%

Petersham 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
English 17.2%
Irish 13.9%
German 11.5%
US/American 6.2%
French (except Basque) 6.1%
Polish 5.1%
Italian 5%
Swedish 5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.8%
French Canadian 4.5%
Scottish 3.5%
Greek 3.2%
Northern European 1.5%
Finnish 1.5%
Russian 1.3%
Norwegian 1.3%
Canadian 1.1%
Scotch-Irish 1.1%
Lithuanian 1.1%
Portuguese 1%
European 0.8%
Dutch 0.7%
British 0.5%
Swiss 0.4%
Danish 0.3%
Welsh 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Slavic 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Petersham 1,180 $58,125
Athol 11,299 $41,061
Barre 5,113 $56,069
Hubbardston 3,909 $66,058
New Salem 929 $54,500
Phillipston 1,621 $52,011
Templeton 6,799 $52,936

Petersham Public Libraries

Petersham Memorial Library
Petersham, Massachusetts
(978) 724-3405

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