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Overview

Introduction to Spencer, Massachusetts

Spencer, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 9 miles W of Worcester, Massachusetts and 48 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is part of the Worcester metropolitan statistical area.

Spencer History

Spencer was first settled by Nathaniel Wood in 1717. It was incorporated as a town on April 12, 1753. Prior to its incorporation, the town of Spencer was a part of Leicester. It was named after the then Lieutenant Governor, Spencer Phips. In 1740, the first mill of Spencer was built on Seven-Mile River. The town hall was constructed in 1839.

Spencer and nearby Attractions

  • Spencer State Forest
  • Worcester Art Museum
  • Ogara Park
  • Luther Hill Park
  • Howe State Park

Things To Do In Spencer

The picturesque town of Spencer offers a number of basketball courts, hiking trails, golf courses and swimming pools for both for its residents and visitors. The beautiful parks of the town are ideal destinations for family day trips. Apart from these, the town of Spencer also organizes several art and cultural events.

Spencer Transportation

Air transportation is available from Worcester Regional Airport.

Spencer Higher Education

The nearest college is Worcester State College.

People

Total Population 5,578
Male Share of the Population 51.7%
Female Share of the Population 48.3%
Senior Citizens 17%
Employed Population 16+ 2,602
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 43.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.6%
Median Earnings25+ $35,766
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $32,589
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,073

Wealth

Median Family Income $61,716
% Above Poverty Level 83.1%
% Below Poverty Level 16.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.4%
Median Gross Rent $705
Median House Value $197,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.6%
US/American 0%
English 10%
Irish 15.8%

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

Spencer Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles W of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 48 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 01562
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.243
Longitude -71.992

Spencer 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 WORCESTER RGNL AP
Distance 5.8 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 BUFFUMVILLE LAKE
Distance 10 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 34 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 61 F
Annual Precip 48.8 inches
Station BARRE FALLS DAM
Distance 13.3 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, Spencer, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Lambs Grove (01562)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brookfield 786 $58,417
Charlton 13,215 $100,198
East Brookfield 1,169 $78,417
Leicester 11,224 $81,809
North Brookfield 2,132 $65,000
Paxton 4,860 $108,221

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

Spencer Public Libraries

Library
Richard Sugden Public Library
8 PLEASANT STREET
Spencer, Massachusetts
(508) 885-7513

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302 MAIN STREET
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Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

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