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Overview

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 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.

People

Total Population 36,352
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 13.7%
Employed Population 16+ 18,447
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 56.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 54.2%
Median Earnings25+ $58,125
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $30,427
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,951

Wealth

Median Family Income $109,946
% Above Poverty Level 94.8%
% Below Poverty Level 5.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 4.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 21.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,204
Median House Value $366,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.8%
US/American 1%
English 8.8%
Irish 20.2%

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

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

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 Population Median Family Income
Boylston 4,432 $118,000
Grafton 18,219 $114,387
Northborough 6,528 $112,431
West Boylston 7,834 $85,393
Westborough 4,158 $114,063
Worcester 183,382 $56,221

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

Shrewsbury Public Libraries

Library
Shrewsbury Free Public Library
609 MAIN ST.
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
(508) 842-0081
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64 HOLDEN STREET
508-841-8800
Serves 1,307 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

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