Introduction to Upton, Massachusetts

Upton, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 11 miles SE of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center) and 30 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town has 5,642 residents.

Upton History

Upton was originally inhabited by the Nipmuc Indians, and the first white settler arrived in 1728. The town, which was incorporated in 1735, was named for a village in England. It is the birth place of Judge Henry Chapin, the three term mayor of the City of Worcester who was born on May 13, 1811. The town is located in Worcester County, which was founded on April 2, 1731.

Upton and Nearby Attractions

  • Upton State Forest
  • Southwick's Zoo
  • Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park
  • Willard House and Clock Museum
  • Breezy Picnic Grounds Waterslides
  • Purgatory Chasm State Reservation

Things To Do In Upton

While in Upton, a day trip can be planned to the Purgatory Chasm State Reservation, which has a scenic picnic area and hiking trails. The town is home to the Upton State Forest. The Southwick's Zoo and Breezy Picnic Grounds Waterslides are also close by. Nearby museums are the Smith - Appleby House Museum, the Hudson Historical Society Museum, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, the Worcester Historical Museum and Library, and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial House. Boating, fishing, and swimming can be enjoyed at Warren Brook.

Upton Transportation

Worcester Regional Airport is nearby.

Upton Higher Education

College of the Holy Cross, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Becker College, Assumption College, and Clark University are located near Upton.


Total Population 3,319
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 12.8%
Employed Population 16+ 1,622
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 52%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 40.2%
Median Earnings25+ $60,017
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $41,729


Median Family Income $126,161
% Above Poverty Level 88.1%
% Below Poverty Level 11.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 35 minutes
% Working from Home 4.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 3.1%


People Living Alone 28.8%
Median Gross Rent $928
Median House Value $342,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12%
US/American 0.5%
English 13.6%
Irish 35.8%

Upton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles SE of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 30 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 01568
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.174
Longitude -71.602

Upton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 9.1 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
Distance 15.8 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 WALPOLE 2
Distance 18.1 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

West Upton (01568)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Grafton 18,047 $108,220
Hopedale 3,858 $111,875
Hopkinton 2,509 $112,381
Mendon 5,895 $120,905
Milford 25,422 $74,775
Northbridge 16,100 $88,096

Upton Public Libraries

Upton Town Library
Upton, Massachusetts
(508) 529-6272
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Upton High Schools

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Serves 998 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

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Student/teacher ratio: 10.1

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