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Overview

Introduction to Townsend, Massachusetts

Townsend, Massachusetts, in Middlesex county, is 13 miles SW of Nashua, New Hampshire (center to center) and 39 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts.

Townsend History

Townsend was first settled in 1676, and was officially incorporated in 1732. It is named in honor of a British cabinet minister, Viscount Charles Townshend. In 1733, the first mill was built in Townsend Harbor, which is presently a major tourist attraction.

Townsend and Nearby Attractions

  • Willard Brook State Park
  • Townsend State Forest
  • Walden Pond
  • Conant House
  • Children's Metamorphosis Museum

Things To Do In Townsend

The Children's Metamorphosis Museum, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, the Lawrence L. Lee Scouting Museum, and the Peterborough Historical Society Museum are some of the museums in the area. The Squannacook River provides opportunities for boating, swimming and fishing. Townsend State Forest, Willard Brook State Park, and Pearl Hill State Park have provisions for fishing, swimming, horse back riding, picnicking, and camping. Historical sites such as the Gropius House and the Minute Man National Historical Park provide information pertaining to the local history.

Townsend Transportation

Logan International Airport is a major airport nearby.

Townsend Higher Education

Colleges nearby include Fitchburg State College, Mount Wachusett Community College and Quinsigamond Community College.

People

Total Population 1,294
Male Share of the Population 38.8%
Female Share of the Population 61.2%
Senior Citizens 12.8%
Employed Population 16+ 537
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 52.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $80,669
% Above Poverty Level 91.9%
% Below Poverty Level 8.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 37 minutes
% Working from Home 5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 36%
Median Gross Rent $746
Median House Value $221,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.2%
US/American 0%
English 23%
Irish 22.6%

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

Townsend Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 13 miles SW of Nashua, New Hampshire (center to center)
Nearest Large City 39 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 01469, 01474
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.677
Longitude -71.705

Townsend 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 NASHUA 2 NNW
Distance 13.4 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 33 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 61 F
Annual Precip 45.4 inches
Station PETERBORO 2 S
Distance 17.2 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 30 F
Apr Temp 32 to 54 F
Jul Temp 56 to 79 F
Oct Temp 35 to 58 F
Annual Precip 44.6 inches
Station BIRCH HILL DAM
Distance 21.1 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

West Townsend (01474)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ashby 3,177 $88,409
Fitchburg 40,462 $56,792
Groton 1,081 $135,048
Lunenburg 1,798 $84,671
Pepperell 2,245 $73,333
Shirley 1,283 $93,456

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

Townsend Public Libraries

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Townsend Public Library
276 MAIN ST.
Townsend, Massachusetts
(978) 597-1714
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Townsend High Schools

NORTH MIDDLESEX REG
19 MAIN STREET
978-597-8721
Serves 1,225 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

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