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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 Population8,394
Male Share of the Population45.4%
Female Share of the Population54.6%
Senior Citizens13.6%
Employed Population 16+3,696
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married37.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher15.2%
Median Earnings25+$38,400
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,128
Median Earnings With High School Degree$38,831

Wealth

Median Family Income$60,797
% Above Poverty Level81%
% Below Poverty Level19%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.6%
% Using Public Transportation1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone33.3%
Median Gross Rent$802
Median House Value$130,900

Ancestry

French Except Basque22.6%
Irish15.1%
English14.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)12.4%
Italian11.1%
Canadian10.6%
German4.9%
Polish4.6%
Lithuanian3.6%
Swedish2.6%
Scottish1.8%
Finnish1%
Greek0.9%
Danishn0.7%
Welsh0.5%
West Indian0.5%
Haitian0.5%
Moroccan0.4%
Arab0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Hungarian0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Latvian0.1%
African0.1%
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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
Orange4,044$59,135
Petersham222$97,188

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

Athol Public Schools

Athol High
2363 Main Street
ZIP: 1331
(978) 249-2435
High
Total Enrollment 386
Athol-royalston Middle School
1062 Pleasant Street
ZIP: 1331
(978) 249-2430
Middle
Total Enrollment 402
Pleasant Street
1060 Pleasant Street
ZIP: 1331
(978) 249-2405
Primary
Total Enrollment 280
Riverbend-sanders Street School
174 Riverbend Street
ZIP: 1331
(978) 249-2415
Primary
Total Enrollment 195
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