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Overview

Introduction to West Boylston, Massachusetts

West Boylston, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 8 miles N of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center) and 37 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts.

West Boylston History

West Boylston, which was originally part of the towns of Boylston, Lancaster, Sterling, Shrewsbury, and Holden, was officially incorporated in 1808. It became a prosperous community in the 1800s with several textile and other industries. The Wachusett Reservoir, which was established in 1905 to provide water for Boston, was first filled in May 1908. The town is located in Worcester County, which was founded on April 2, 1731.

West Boylston and Nearby Attractions

  • Tower Hill Botanic Garden
  • Higgins Armory Museum
  • Wachusett Mountain Ski Area
  • Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge
  • Coes Pond Beach

Things To Do In West Boylston

West Boylston offers a variety of recreational opportunities. People may visit museums nearby, including Gardner Heritage State Park, Willard House and Clock Museum, Old Sturbridge Village, and Danforth Museum of Art. Fishing, boating, and swimming can be enjoyed at the Stillwater River, Scarletts Brook, West Boylston Brook, and Quinapoxet River. Parks such as Leominster State Forest, Ashland State Park, and Wachusett Mountain State Reservation offer opportunities for outdoor recreation.

West Boylston Transportation

Worcester Regional Airport is nearby.

West Boylston Higher Education

The closest colleges to West Boylston include Quinsigamond Community College, Framingham State College, Worcester State College, and Atlantic Union College.

People

Total Population 7,834
Male Share of the Population 62.2%
Female Share of the Population 37.8%
Senior Citizens 16.3%
Employed Population 16+ 2,830
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 41.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $85,393
% Above Poverty Level 91.5%
% Below Poverty Level 8.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 25.5%
Median Gross Rent $854
Median House Value $264,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.2%
US/American 0.6%
English 10.4%
Irish 21.3%

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

West Boylston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles N of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 37 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 01583
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.377
Longitude -71.786

West Boylston 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 5.5 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 9.2 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 BARRE FALLS DAM
Distance 13.2 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, West Boylston, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Oakdale (01583)

Westboylston (01583)

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
Clinton 7,386 $73,159
Holden 18,053 $110,788
Princeton 3,456 $127,043
Shrewsbury 36,352 $109,946
Sterling 7,896 $117,975

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

West Boylston Public Libraries

Library
Beaman Memorial Public Library
8 NEWTON ST.
West Boylston, Massachusetts
(508) 835-3711

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West Boylston High Schools

WEST BOYLSTON JR-SR HIGH
125 CRESCENT STREET
508-835-4475
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 654 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

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