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Overview

Introduction to Ashland, Massachusetts

Ashland, Massachusetts, in Middlesex county, is 2 miles SW of Framingham, Massachusetts and 21 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is conveniently located inside the Boston metropolitan area.

Ashland History

The area that is today known as Ashland was settled in the early 1700s. Prior to that, it was inhabited by the Megunko Indians. Earlier known as "Unionville", Ashland was incorporated in the year 1846, bearing the name of statesman Henry Clay's Kentucky estate. The region is considerably newer than many of the surrounding towns. The foundation of the Boston to Albany railroad in the mid 1800s fostered the early development of Ashland. However, until the mid 20th century it remained a mainly centralized residential town with limited industry.

Ashland and nearby Attractions

  • Spooky World Theme Park
  • Taylor Exhibition
  • Fairway Bowling
  • Ryan Family Amusement Center
  • Sri Lakshmi Temple
  • John Stone's Inn

Ashland Transportation

Boston Logan International provides Ashland with air transportation and travel.

Ashland Higher Education

Framingham State College serves the city.

Demographics

People

Total Population17,420
Male Share of the Population48.5%
Female Share of the Population51.5%
Senior Citizens13.7%
Employed Population 16+9,783
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married58.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher57.4%
Median Earnings25+$63,976
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$29,766
Median Earnings With High School Degree$36,614

Wealth

Median Family Income$122,210
% Above Poverty Level96.2%
% Below Poverty Level3.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home4.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.8%
% Using Public Transportation4.9%

Housing

People Living Alone23.7%
Median Gross Rent$1,300
Median House Value$372,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)22.2%
Irish19.4%
Italian14.1%
English8.1%
German7.5%
Russian4.3%
Canadian3.9%
French Except Basque3.6%
Scottish3.2%
Polish2.9%
Brazilian2.8%
Danishn1.7%
Swedish1.5%
Greek1.3%
Portuguese1%
Arab0.9%
African0.7%
Norwegian0.6%
Hungarian0.6%
Ukrainian0.6%
Dutch0.6%
Finnish0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
Albanian0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Zimbabwean0.3%
Bulgarian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Slovene0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Israeli0.2%
Romanian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Cape Verdean0.1%
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Ashland Almanac

CategoryValue
County Middlesex County
Standard Zip Codes1721
Phone Area Codes
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.25
Approximate Longitude-71.46

Ashland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationFRAMINGHAM
Distance2.9 miles
Jan Temp16 to 36 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip45.8 inches
StationWEST MEDWAY
Distance9 miles
Jan Temp13 to 38 F
Apr Temp35 to 59 F
Jul Temp60 to 84 F
Oct Temp37 to 64 F
Annual Precip48.7 inches
StationWALPOLE 2
Distance12.8 miles
Jan Temp18 to 36 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip46.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Framingham70,743$89,679
Holliston14,324$127,250
Hopkinton2,794$118,375
Natick35,385$135,824
Sherborn4,255$168,036
Southborough9,968$165,417

Ashland Public Libraries

Ashland Public Library
66 FRONT ST.
Ashland, Massachusetts
(508) 881-0134

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Ashland Public Schools

David Mindess
90 Concord Street
ZIP: 1721
(508) 881-0166
Primary
Total Enrollment 588
William Pittaway Elementary
75 Central Street
ZIP: 1721
(508) 881-0160
Primary
Total Enrollment 123
Henry E Warren Elementary
73 Fruit Street
ZIP: 1721
(508) 881-0188
Primary
Total Enrollment 598
Ashland High
65 East Union St.
ZIP: 1721
(508) 881-0177
High
Total Enrollment 719
Ashland Middle
87 West Union Street
ZIP: 1721
(508) 881-0167
Middle
Total Enrollment 567

Ashland Private Schools

Metrowest Christian Academy
280 Pleasant St
ZIP: 1721
Elementary
Total Enrollment 59
Pincushion Hill Montessori School
30 Green St
ZIP: 1721
Elementary
Total Enrollment 50
Adventures In Learning
313 Cedar St
ZIP: 1721
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
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