Southborough, Massachusetts

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Southborough, Massachusetts

Introduction to Southborough, Massachusetts

Southborough, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 5 miles W of Framingham, Massachusetts and 24 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. There are an estimated 8,781 people in the town.

Southborough History

First settled in 1660, Southborough was officially incorporated in 1727. The place formally includes the smaller hamlets of Cordaville, Fayville and Southville. Initially, Southborough was a farming community, but industries soon started to tap the rivers flowing through the town. This fostered the manufacturing of plaster, boots, and shoes by the end of the 19th century.

Southborough and nearby Attractions

  • Armenian Library and Museum of America
  • Buckman Tavern
  • Sudbury Dam Historic District
  • Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge
  • Minute Man National Historical Park

Things To Do In Southborough

Local parks include the Quinsigamond State Park, Ashland State Park, Great Brook Farm State Park and Whitehall State Park. Boating, fishing, hiking, swimming and picnicking are some of the activities people can enjoy in these parks. Historic landmarks in the nearby areas include Walden Pond, Lyman Estate, Gore Palace, Orchard House and Minute Man National Historical Park. The Higgins Armory Museum, the Discovery Museum, the Willard House and Clock Museum, the Charles River Museum of Industry, and the Shirley Historical Society Museum are some of the popular nearby historical sites.

Southborough Transportation

Boston Logan International is the nearest major airport.

Southborough Higher Education

Atlantic Union College, Middlesex Community College, Wellesley College and Brandeis University are all accessible from Southborough.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Southborough Low Violent Crime
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Southborough People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Southborough Low Rate of Poverty
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Southborough Median Family Income
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Southborough Low Property Crime
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Southborough College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Southborough Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Southborough Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of Southborough, Massachusetts

Comparing Southborough 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
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 9 9
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Age of the Population 6 3
Racial Diversity 4 8
Female Share of the Population 2 2
Senior Citizens 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 10 10


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 8 6
Public Transportation Use 7 5
Short Commute Times 3 5
Walking and Biking to Work 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 7 8
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2
Affordability of Rents 2 1
People Living Alone 1 1


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

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Southborough Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles W of Framingham, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 24 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 01745, 01772
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.305
Longitude -71.525

Southborough Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.8 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
Distance 12.8 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 17 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
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Southborough Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 8,781 100%
Male 4,389 50%
Female 4,392 50%
Under 18 2,818 32.1%
18+ 5,963 67.9%
65+ 708 8.1%
Median Age 36.9
Average Family Size 3.3
White 8,295 94.5%
African-American 47 0.5%
Asian 309 3.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 6 0.1%
Other 44 0.5%
Mixed Race 76 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 132 1.5%

Estimated Southborough Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 9,559
Growth 778
Growth % 8.9%

Southborough 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
Irish 24.5%
Italian 14.4%
English 11.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.1%
US/American 4.9%
German 4.5%
French (except Basque) 4.3%
Polish 3.5%
Scottish 3%
French Canadian 2.5%
Scotch-Irish 2.4%
Armenian 2.2%
British 1.8%
Greek 1.4%
Canadian 1.3%
Lithuanian 1.1%
Swedish 1%
Russian 0.9%
Iranian 0.8%
Dutch 0.8%
Welsh 0.7%
Eastern European 0.6%
Finnish 0.6%
Czech 0.6%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Norwegian 0.3%
Ethiopian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Latvian 0.2%
Brazilian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Fayville (01745)
Southboro (01745, 01772)

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)
Southborough 8,781 $119,454
Ashland 14,674 $77,611
Framingham 66,910 $67,420
Hopkinton 13,346 $102,550
Hudson 18,113 $70,145
Marlborough 36,255 $70,385
Westborough 17,997 $94,610

Southborough Public Libraries

Southborough Library
Southborough, Massachusetts
(508) 485-5031
Library Web Site

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