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Shrewsbury, Massachusetts


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Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Introduction to Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 5 miles NE of Worcester, Massachusetts and 33 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is considered part of the Worcester metropolitan area. Shrewsbury has a population of 31,640.

Shrewsbury History

The first permanent settler of this town was Gersham Wheelock, who arrived in 1720. The earlier settlers of this town largely came from Marlborough and Sudbury. The town was settled in by 1722 and incorporated in 1727. It saw rapid progress after streetcar routes were developed in the 19th century. Although the town developed into a popular resort destination, its economy was supported by agriculture as well.

Shrewsbury and nearby Attractions

  • Shrewsbury Historic District
  • Gen. Artemas Ward Homestead
  • Camp Wunnegan
  • Hills Farm Industrial Park
  • Saint Marys Pastoral Center
  • Shrewsbury Public Library

Things To Do In Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury has 16 parks which are well maintained by the town’s Parks Department. These parks offer opportunities for a variety of activities. The town is situated on an uneven hilly terrain which makes hiking and long walks a popular activity. The town also has a number of lakes and reservoirs which are quite popular spots.

Shrewsbury Transportation

One can reach Shrewsbury from the Worcester Regional Airport.

Shrewsbury Higher Education

Facilities for higher studies are offered at Quinsigamond Community College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Shrewsbury Low Property Crime
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Shrewsbury Well-Paid Single Men
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Shrewsbury Low Violent Crime
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Shrewsbury Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
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Top 13% Shrewsbury College Educated Adults
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Shrewsbury People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Shrewsbury Well-Paid Single Women
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 16% Shrewsbury Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Comparing Shrewsbury 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
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Well-Paid Single Women 9 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 10
Age of the Population 8 4
Senior Citizens 7 6
Male Share of the Population 6 5
Female Share of the Population 5 6
Racial Diversity 3 9

Families

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Portion of People Married 8 6
Average Household Size 5 5

Wealth

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Median Family Income 9 8
College Educated Adults 9 8
People in Middle Class or Better 9 7
People Above Poverty 8 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Working at Home 5 3
Public Transportation Use 4 5
Short Commute Times 4 7
Walking and Biking to Work 2 5

Housing

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 5
Housing Recently Built 7 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 9
People Living Alone 5 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 6
Affordability of Rents 3 2

Crime

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Low Property Crime 10 5
Low Violent Crime 9 7

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Shrewsbury Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles NE of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 33 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 01545
Company Zip Codes 01546
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.295
Longitude -71.713

Shrewsbury 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 CLINTON
Distance 7.4 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 33 F
Apr Temp 37 to 55 F
Jul Temp 63 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 49.1 inches
Station WORCESTER RGNL AP
Distance 8.9 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 FRAMINGHAM
Distance 15.2 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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Shrewsbury Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 31,640 100%
Male 15,380 48.6%
Female 16,260 51.4%
Under 18 8,111 25.6%
18+ 23,529 74.4%
65+ 4,274 13.5%
Median Age 37.6
Average Family Size 3.09
White 28,199 89.1%
African-American 459 1.5%
Asian 2,408 7.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 37 0.1%
Other 218 0.7%
Mixed Race 315 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 504 1.6%

Estimated Shrewsbury Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 33,174
Growth 1,534
Growth % 4.8%

Shrewsbury 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
Italian 18.3%
Irish 18.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.2%
English 8.1%
US/American 7.3%
French (except Basque) 6.3%
French Canadian 4.3%
German 3.9%
Polish 3.4%
Swedish 2.7%
Scottish 1.7%
Lithuanian 1.7%
Greek 1.4%
Scotch-Irish 1.3%
Portuguese 0.9%
Lebanese 0.8%
Russian 0.8%
Brazilian 0.7%
Norwegian 0.7%
Armenian 0.7%
European 0.5%
Finnish 0.4%
British 0.4%
Welsh 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Dutch 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Syrian 0.2%
Arab/Arabic 0.2%
Albanian 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Edgemere (01545)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Shrewsbury 31,640 $77,674
Boylston 4,008 $77,604
Grafton 14,894 $66,396
Northborough 14,013 $90,480
West Boylston 7,481 $69,100
Westborough 17,997 $94,610
Worcester 172,648 $42,988

Shrewsbury Public Libraries

Library
Shrewsbury Free Public Library
609 MAIN ST.
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
(508) 842-0081
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Shrewsbury High Schools (2004)

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64 HOLDEN STREET
508-841-8800
Serves 1,307 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

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1. Westborough, Massachusetts 93.3   25.2% 11.6% 53.2% 28 $94,610 7.2% 11.8% 17,997 4.7% 15 0.7% 1.7
2. North Andover, Massachusetts 90.6   24.9% 13.4% 50.3% 30 $91,105 7% 6.3% 27,202 2.9% 7.2 0.5% 0.4
3. Hudson, Massachusetts 89.2   25.3% 12.2% 28.4% 26 $70,145 6.6% 5.9% 18,113 4.5% 13.6 0.3% 0.5
4. Jeffersontown, Kentucky 89   25.5% 10.8% 32.6% 23 $60,951 7.2% 13.3% 26,633 4.3% 17.5 1% 1.3
5. Chelmsford, Massachusetts 88.8   23.1% 13% 44% 29 $82,676 6.7% 6.9% 33,858 2.8% 16 0.3% 1.2
6. Laguna Niguel, California 88.6   20.5% 8.9% 47.8% 31 $93,613 7% 16.5% 61,891 4.1% 12.4 0.8% 1.2
7. Morris, New Jersey 88.5   21.8% 15.4% 63.6% 30 $116,866 7.2% 11.4% 21,796 3.8% 7.7 0.6% 1.1
8. Burlington, Massachusetts 88.4   19% 13.9% 42.6% 26 $82,072 6.9% 13.3% 22,876 1.9% 28.1 0.6% 1.1
9. Acton, Massachusetts 88.3   21.5% 8.4% 69.3% 33 $108,189 7.4% 11.6% 20,331 2.9% 12.6 0.5% 0.2
10. North Kingstown, Rhode Island 88.3   22.4% 11.8% 40.3% 26 $69,559 6.9% 4.3% 26,326 7.1% 16.9 2.5% 1.6
11. Croton-on-Hudson, New York 88   22.2% 13.6% 55.1% 42 $100,182 7.8% 8.5% 7,606 3.4% 16.7 0.7% 0.7
12. Denville, New Jersey 87.9   23.6% 15% 44% 30 $90,651 7.2% 7.4% 15,824 2.8% 11.8 1.2% 0.9
13. Andover, Massachusetts 87.7   21.5% 12.3% 62.5% 31 $104,820 6.6% 8.4% 31,247 3.9% 11.9 0.7% 0.3
14. Stow, Ohio 87.3   23.8% 12% 36.2% 25 $67,822 6.6% 4.8% 32,139 4% 21.8 0.4% 0.4
15. Thousand Oaks, California 87.2   19.6% 11.1% 42.2% 27 $86,041 6.7% 14.9% 117,005 5% 15.6 0.5% 1.4
16. Scotts Valley, California 87   22.8% 13.8% 40.9% 32 $88,573 6.8% 11.4% 11,385 2.5% 23.3 1.2% 1.3
17. 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
18. Northborough, Massachusetts 86.6   17% 9.8% 51% 27 $90,480 7.3% 7% 14,013 2.8% 10.9 0.4% 0.4
19. Bernards, New Jersey 86.4   26.5% 12.5% 67.4% 33 $135,806 8% 10.8% 24,575 1.3% 6.8 0.8% 0.1
20. Mahwah, New Jersey 86.4   28% 10.7% 49.5% 31 $94,484 6.9% 12.1% 24,062 2% 9.6 0.6% 0.5
21. Rockville Centre, New York 86.3   26.8% 16.3% 50.1% 37 $103,315 6.6% 9.1% 24,568 5% 11.5 0.7% 0.5
22. Pleasantville, New York 86.1   25.3% 13.3% 56.5% 36 $105,227 7% 9.6% 7,172 4.4% 1 0.4% 0.3
23. Ramsey, New Jersey 85.9   22.6% 11.2% 54.5% 30 $104,036 7.6% 8.4% 14,351 1.9% 13 0.3% 1.1
24. Dracut, Massachusetts 85.8   21% 11.6% 20.1% 29 $65,633 6.8% 4.9% 28,562 3.7% 14.2 0.4% 2.1
25. Bloomingdale, New Jersey 85.8   22% 11.9% 25.7% 31 $75,433 6.7% 4.5% 7,610 3.4% 12 1.3% 0.4
26. Summit, New Jersey 85.6   24% 13.1% 61.6% 34 $117,053 8.6% 12.2% 21,131 4.2% 18.5 0.5% 0.6
27. West Orange, New Jersey 85.5   24.5% 17.4% 43.1% 31 $83,375 6.6% 32.5% 44,943 5.6% 25.5 0.5% 1.7
28. Noblesville, Indiana 85.1   21.6% 8.5% 40.9% 30 $70,914 9.3% 3.7% 28,590 5.4% 25.4 0.6% 0.9
29. Littleton, Massachusetts 85   19.4% 11.8% 48.1% 31 $83,365 8.2% 3.5% 8,184 3.6% 16.1 1.2% 2.3
30. Walpole, Massachusetts 84.9   22.6% 14.4% 39.8% 32 $84,458 6.8% 4.6% 22,824 2.2% 11.4 0.3% 0.9
31. Middletown, New Jersey 84.7   18.9% 12.8% 35% 38 $86,124 6.8% 5.3% 66,327 3.1% 10.5 0.6% 1
32. South Lyon, Michigan 84.6   30.4% 15% 31.3% 31 $67,167 8.8% 3.3% 10,036 5.2% 17.4 0.8% 1.8
33. Long Hill, New Jersey 84.5   18.2% 12.6% 49.3% 31 $103,037 7.7% 7.2% 8,777 3.3% 12 0.4% 0.6
34. Westfield, New Jersey 84.5   19.3% 13.5% 62.5% 35 $112,145 8% 10% 29,644 2.7% 11.7 0.4% 0.1
35. Winchester, Massachusetts 84.2   22% 17.1% 64.9% 30 $110,226 7.3% 6.9% 20,810 2.6% 12.2 0.6% 0.8
36. Branchburg, New Jersey 84.2   19.9% 8.3% 53.7% 33 $110,268 8.7% 9.6% 14,566 1.9% 8.4 0.6% 0.1
37. Belchertown, Massachusetts 84   20.2% 8.8% 31.5% 29 $60,830 6.8% 3.9% 12,968 5.9% 13.8 1% 2.5
38. Lake Mary, Florida 83.8   16.8% 10.2% 39.1% 27 $76,859 6.9% 10.7% 11,458 2.9% 20.7 0.7% 1.9
39. Montville, New Jersey 83.8   16.6% 10.8% 51.2% 30 $105,394 6.9% 15% 20,839 3.8% 10.4 0.4% 0.3
40. Bernardsville, New Jersey 83.7   21.1% 12.7% 59.6% 33 $126,601 7.6% 6.1% 7,345 2.8% 11.3 0.5% 0.3
41. Aurora, Ohio 83.7   18.9% 15.5% 41.3% 28 $78,876 6.6% 4.3% 13,556 3.6% 11.4 0.9% 0.4
42. Grand Terrace, California 83.6   21.5% 10.7% 24.3% 26 $61,068 6.6% 26.2% 11,626 7.4% 25.3 0.4% 1.4
43. Montvale, New Jersey 83.6   17.2% 12.6% 55.3% 29 $104,047 7% 7.2% 7,034 0.9% 7.3 0.5% 1
44. Jackson, New Jersey 83.4   16.1% 9.4% 23.1% 37 $71,045 8.2% 8.7% 42,816 3.7% 13.4 0.5% 1.5
45. Port Washington, New York 83.4   20.8% 15% 53.9% 39 $102,646 7.4% 14% 15,215 4.7% 13.4 0.7% 0.9
46. Rye, New York 83.4   21.4% 13.5% 68.3% 37 $133,231 8.7% 10.4% 14,955 2.5% 18.3 1.2% 0.3
47. University Heights, Ohio 83.3   29.9% 13.4% 55.3% 23 $75,424 7.3% 24.6% 14,146 5.8% 17.7 0.4% 2.3
48. Melrose, Massachusetts 83.1   29.7% 16.3% 40.1% 30 $78,144 6.7% 4.8% 27,134 3.3% 11.8 0.4% 0.9
49. Hamilton, Massachusetts 83   15.7% 10.4% 52.5% 32 $79,886 6.9% 5.8% 8,315 5.3% 9 3.8% 1
50. Wayland, Massachusetts 82.8   16% 14.3% 68.3% 32 $113,671 7.2% 7.8% 13,100 2.5% 8.5 0.7% 0.3
51. Stamford, Connecticut 82.5   28.7% 13.8% 39.6% 25 $69,337 6.9% 30.2% 117,083 7.9% 20.1 1% 2.6
52. Fenton, Michigan 82.4   30.6% 13.6% 22.4% 30 $55,637 7.6% 3.8% 10,582 6.2% 28.4 0.6% 1.5
53. Rye Brook, New York 82.3   18.5% 17.3% 54.3% 33 $111,287 7.8% 8% 8,602 2.9% 11.9 1.1% 0.4
54. Wellesley, Massachusetts 82   20.6% 13.9% 75.9% 26 $134,769 7.3% 10% 26,613 3.8% 10 0.8% 0.5
55. Ridgewood, New Jersey 81.9   18.5% 12.2% 66.7% 36 $121,848 7.8% 12.2% 24,936 3% 8.3 0.4% 0.2
56. Briarcliff Manor, New York 81.9   16.5% 14.7% 72.2% 39 $157,607 7% 9.3% 7,696 2.5% 8.3 0.9% 0.5
57. Jefferson, New Jersey 81.6   18.3% 8.6% 27.8% 37 $76,974 7.4% 3.9% 19,717 2.4% 14.7 2.9% 0.5
58. West Milford, New Jersey 81.5   16.6% 8.4% 27.2% 40 $80,264 7.1% 4.9% 26,410 4.1% 16.3 4.2% 0.9
59. Tecumseh, Michigan 81.3   28.4% 15.1% 21.2% 28 $58,239 7.3% 4.2% 8,574 4.9% 10.7 0.4% 1.3
60. Sparta, New Jersey 81.3   16.1% 8.2% 50.2% 41 $100,658 7.6% 3.3% 18,080 1.5% 5 3.1% 0.2
61. Lincoln, Massachusetts 80.9   15.8% 11% 69.2% 26 $87,842 9.5% 12.8% 8,056 0.8% 3.5 0.9% 0.4
62. Larchmont, New York 80.8   25.6% 12.9% 73.7% 43 $163,965 8.8% 5.8% 6,485 2.3% 17.1 0.4% 0.5
63. Bronxville, New York 80.6   24.4% 12.2% 73.6% 41 $200,001 7% 8.1% 6,543 2.7% 7.3 0.8% 0.5
64. Bixby, Oklahoma 80.5   18.1% 9.8% 26.6% 23 $58,104 7.7% 13.1% 13,336 5.4% 22.3 0.3% 2
65. Winnemucca, Nevada 80.3   27.2% 9% 20.4% 23 $53,681 8.3% 16.6% 7,174 9.5% 25 1.5% 2.2
66. Tarrytown, New York 80.3   31.2% 14.4% 50.3% 32 $82,445 6.6% 22.6% 11,090 4.7% 11.1 1% 1.4
67. Garden City, New York 79   19.2% 16.8% 61.8% 37 $120,305 6.6% 5.8% 21,672 2.3% 13.3 1.1% 0.5
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