Winchendon, Massachusetts

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Winchendon, Massachusetts

Introduction to Winchendon, Massachusetts

Winchendon, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 29 miles W of Nashua, New Hampshire (center to center) and 55 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town's population is approximately 9,611.

Winchendon History

A small town in north-central Massachusetts, Winchendon was originally home to the Pennacook Indians, and later inhabitated by the Nipmuck tribe. Popularly referred to as Toy Town, Winchendon was an early producer of shingles and woodworking machinery.

Winchendon and Nearby Attractions

  • Lake Dennison Recreation Area
  • Erving State Forest
  • Salisbury Mansion
  • Shirley Historical Society Museum
  • Whitney House Museum

Things To Do In Winchendon

The richly documented Salisbury Mansion is an important historical site. The Shirley Historical Society Museum displays many artifacts related to the history of Winchendon. The Erving State Forest, offers recreational activities such as camping, hiking and mountain biking. Lake Dennison Recreation Area offers a beach that is ideal for swimming. Archival documents, photographs, and other interesting artifacts are housed at the Whitney House Museum.

Winchendon Transportation

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is a major airport nearby.

Winchendon Higher Education

Mount Wachusett Community College, Fitchburg State College, and Keene State College are colleges located nearby.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Affordability of Rents
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Winchendon Affordability of Rents
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 9% Winchendon Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Winchendon, Massachusetts

Comparing Winchendon 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
Male Share of the Population 9 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 8
Well-Paid Single Men 5 2
Age of the Population 4 1
Senior Citizens 3 3
Racial Diversity 3 6
Female Share of the Population 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 8 8
Portion of People Married 7 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 6 2
People in Middle Class or Better 6 2
People Above Poverty 5 2
College Educated Adults 3 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 7 8
Public Transportation Use 5 4
Working at Home 5 3
Short Commute Times 3 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 7
Affordability of Rents 7 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 7
Housing Recently Built 4 6
People Living Alone 3 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 8 3
Low Violent Crime 2 1

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Winchendon Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 29 miles W of Nashua, New Hampshire (center to center)
Nearest Large City 55 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 01475
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.686
Longitude -72.044

Winchendon Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.2 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
Distance 12.3 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 VERNON
Distance 24.6 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 32 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches
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Winchendon Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 9,611 100%
Male 4,766 49.6%
Female 4,845 50.4%
Under 18 2,907 30.2%
18+ 6,704 69.8%
65+ 1,007 10.5%
Median Age 35
Average Family Size 3.23
White 9,223 96%
African-American 77 0.8%
Asian 60 0.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 29 0.3%
Other 91 0.9%
Mixed Race 124 1.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 195 2%

Estimated Winchendon Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 10,104
Growth 493
Growth % 5.1%

Winchendon 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
French (except Basque) 22.1%
French Canadian 13.3%
Irish 11.6%
US/American 8%
Italian 7.6%
English 7.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.1%
Polish 5%
German 4.8%
Finnish 3.1%
Scottish 1.9%
Swedish 1.3%
Scotch-Irish 1.2%
Canadian 1.1%
Portuguese 0.9%
British 0.7%
Danish 0.6%
Greek 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.6%
Dutch 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
Brazilian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Winchendon 9,611 $50,086
Ashburnham 5,546 $58,993
Athol 11,299 $41,061
Gardner 20,770 $47,164
Phillipston 1,621 $52,011
Royalston 1,254 $51,818
Templeton 6,799 $52,936

Winchendon Public Libraries

Beals Memorial Library
Winchendon, Massachusetts
(978) 297-0300

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Serves 792 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

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