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Overview

Introduction to Athol, Massachusetts

Athol, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 31 miles NW of Worcester, Massachusetts and 61 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town contains a population of approximately 11,299.

Athol History

Athol was first settled in the year 1735. Initially, five families first settled in an area in September of 1735 and named it "Pequoiag." The region was officially incorporated in the year 1762. After incorporation, the name was changed to Athol. "Athol" means "pleasant place". It was named so by John Murray, one of the proprietors of the land. The Pan-Am railroad main line follows the East-West course of the Millers River through the center of town. The early settlers of the region subsisted on agriculture and hunting. By 1791, Athol had four grist mills, six sawmills and a mill.

Athol and nearby Attractions

  • Harrison Anglers
  • Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center
  • Barre Historical Society
  • Central Quabbin Area Tourist
  • Wilson H. Lee Park
  • Phillips Park

Athol Transportation

Worcester Regional is Athol's local airport.

Athol Higher Education

The city is served by Mount Wachusett Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population8,428
Male Share of the Population48.8%
Female Share of the Population51.2%
Senior Citizens13.5%
Employed Population 16+3,509
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married35.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher16.6%
Median Earnings25+$37,145
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$24,939
Median Earnings With High School Degree$38,302

Wealth

Median Family Income$55,446
% Above Poverty Level78.3%
% Below Poverty Level21.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home3%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.3%
% Using Public Transportation1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone34.4%
Median Gross Rent$661
Median House Value$132,400

Ancestry

French Except Basque24.3%
English18.2%
Irish16.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)14.4%
Canadian12.8%
Italian10.7%
Polish4.5%
Lithuanian3%
Swedish2.7%
Scottish1.5%
Finnish1.3%
Greek0.6%
Danishn0.5%
Welsh0.5%
Arab0.5%
Moroccan0.5%
Dutch0.2%
African0.1%
German0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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Athol Almanac

CategoryValue
County Worcester County
Standard Zip Codes1331
Phone Area Codes978
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.59
Approximate Longitude-72.23

Athol Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationTULLY LAKE
Distance2.6 miles
Jan Temp9 to 32 F
Apr Temp32 to 58 F
Jul Temp56 to 84 F
Oct Temp35 to 61 F
Annual Precip46.1 inches
StationBIRCH HILL DAM
Distance6.2 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
StationPETERBORO 2 S
Distance22.5 miles
Jan Temp9 to 30 F
Apr Temp32 to 54 F
Jul Temp56 to 79 F
Oct Temp35 to 58 F
Annual Precip44.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
New Salem1,012$79,432
Orange4,117$59,156
Petersham220$102,000
Phillipston1,618$79,338
Royalston1,356$77,625
Warwick742$79,844

Athol Public Libraries

Athol Public Library
568 MAIN STREET
Athol, Massachusetts
(978) 249-9515

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Athol Hospitals

Athol Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
2033 Main Street
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Athol Public Schools

Ellen Bigelow
129 Allen St
(978) 248-9562
Other
Total Enrollment 28
Pleasant Street
1060 Pleasant St
(978) 249-2405
Primary
Total Enrollment 281
Athol-royalston Middle School
1062 Pleasant St
(978) 249-2430
Middle
Total Enrollment 418
Athol High
2363 Main St
(978) 249-2435
High
Total Enrollment 390
Riverbend
174 Riverbend St
(978) 249-2415
Primary
Total Enrollment 135
Sanders Street
314 Sanders St
(978) 249-2410
Primary
Total Enrollment 126
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