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Overview

Introduction to Ashburnham, Massachusetts

Ashburnham, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 24 miles W of Nashua, New Hampshire (center to center) and 47 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts.

Ashburnham History

The land which forms the current town of Ashburnham was given to officers and soldiers of a 1690 expedition to Canada as official land grants. The first settlers arrived in Ashburnham in 1736, and the community was officially incorporated in 1765, 11 years before the nation attained independence from England. Prior to incorporation, the area was called the "Plantation of Dorchester-Canada." According to one tradition, the community was christened "Ashburnham" in the honor of the Earl of Ashburnham in Pembrey. However, other sources claim that the town was named after the Sussex community of Ashburnham.

Ashburnham and Nearby Attractions

  • Gardner Museum
  • Salisbury Mansion
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial House
  • Federated Womens Club State Forest
  • Watatic Mountain State Wildlife Area
  • Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Things To Do In Ashburnham

The Gardner Museum, located in Worcester County, houses exhibits of historical importance. Fruitland Museums includes the Shaker museum, a farmhouse, Indian artifacts and other memorabilia. Other museums and historic sites close to Ashburnham include the Hudson Historical Society Museum, the Peterborough Historical Society Museum, the Salisbury Mansion, the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial House, the Orchard House, Wright's Tavern, and the Shirley Historical Society Museum. Ashburnham also offers access to a number of state forests such as the Federated Womens Club State Forest, the Leominster State Forest, the Otter River State Forest, the Willard Brook State Forest, and the Marshall State Forest. Monadnock State Park, Miller State Park, Rhododendron State Park, and Silver Lake State Park are some of the popular parks in the area.

Ashburnham Transportation

Bradley International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Ashburnham Higher Education

Mount Wachusett Community College, Fitchburg State College, Franklin Pierce College, and Atlantic Union College are some of the nearby colleges.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,171
Male Share of the Population49.6%
Female Share of the Population50.4%
Senior Citizens12.4%
Employed Population 16+3,152
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married57.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher38.6%
Median Earnings25+$51,315
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$42,689

Wealth

Median Family Income$105,106
% Above Poverty Level93.8%
% Below Poverty Level6.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time35 minutes
% Working from Home4%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.6%
% Using Public Transportation1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone22.4%
Median Gross Rent$961
Median House Value$239,900

Ancestry

Irish27.1%
Italian15.8%
French Except Basque13.7%
English12.6%
Canadian11.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)6.9%
German6.2%
Scottish5.3%
Polish4.8%
Finnish4%
Russian1.4%
Swedish1%
Greek0.8%
Portuguese0.6%
US/American0.6%
Dutch0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
West Indian0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
Welsh0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Arab0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
US Virgin Isl0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
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Ashburnham Almanac

CategoryValue
County Worcester County
Standard Zip Codes1430
Phone Area Codes978
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.63
Approximate Longitude-71.9

Ashburnham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBIRCH HILL DAM
Distance10.6 miles
Jan Temp8 to 32 F
Apr Temp30 to 56 F
Jul Temp55 to 81 F
Oct Temp32 to 60 F
Annual Precip45.1 inches
StationWORCESTER RGNL AP
Distance25.6 miles
Jan Temp16 to 31 F
Apr Temp36 to 54 F
Jul Temp61 to 79 F
Oct Temp41 to 58 F
Annual Precip49 inches
StationLOWELL
Distance27.6 miles
Jan Temp14 to 33 F
Apr Temp35 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 85 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip43.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ashby3,196$92,589
Fitchburg40,441$59,307
Gardner20,334$59,007
Lunenburg2,027$117,639
Westminster7,480$106,273
Winchendon3,400$61,063

Ashburnham Public Libraries

Stevens Memorial Library
20 MEMORIAL DRIVE
Ashburnham, Massachusetts
(978) 827-4115

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Ashburnham Public Schools

Briggs Elementary
96 Williams Rd
(978) 827-5750
Primary
Total Enrollment 429
Oakmont Regional High School
9 Oakmont Dr
(978) 827-5907
High
Total Enrollment 679
Overlook Middle School
10 Oakmont Dr
(978) 827-1425
Middle
Total Enrollment 582

Ashburnham Private Schools

Cushing Academy
39 School St
Secondary
Total Enrollment 411
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