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Overview

Introduction to Ayer, Massachusetts

Ayer, Massachusetts is 14 miles W of Lowell, Massachusetts (center to center) and 30 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts.

Ayer History

Originally an agricultural community, the first mill was built in Ayer in 1667. The Nipmuc Indians, the first inhabitants, called the area Nainacocius. The town, originally part of Groton, was also known as Groton Junction and South Groton. In 1871, it was incorporated as the town of Ayer. It was named for Dr. James Cook Ayer, who was a patent-medicine manufacturer who provided the funds to construct the Ayer Town Hall.

Ayer and Nearby Attractions

  • Hands on Art Museum
  • Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge
  • Wyman's Beach
  • Shirley Historical Society Museum
  • Willard Brook State Forest
  • Nashoba Valley Ski Area

Things To Do In Ayer

The Ayer Library and the Hands on Art Museum are not far from Ayer. The Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge is also only a short distance away by the Nashua River. The Shirley Historical Society Museum, Discovery Museums, Middlesex Canal Museum, and Fruitland Museums are some of the areas museums. Local parks include the Wachusett Mountain State Reservation, the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, the Marshall State Forest, and the Silver Lake State Park.

Ayer Transportation

Worcester Regional Airport is a major airport in close proximity.

Ayer Higher Education

The closest colleges to Ayer are Middlesex Community College, Fitchburg State College, and Brandeis University.

Demographics

People

Total Population2,879
Male Share of the Population52.2%
Female Share of the Population47.8%
Senior Citizens15.2%
Employed Population 16+1,609
Age of the Population45

Families

% of people married46.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher29%
Median Earnings25+$45,687
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$50,481
Median Earnings With High School Degree$37,520

Wealth

Median Family Income$74,898
% Above Poverty Level87.9%
% Below Poverty Level12.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work4%
% Using Public Transportation2.6%

Housing

People Living Alone40.2%
Median Gross Rent$817
Median House Value$269,600

Ancestry

Irish27.1%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)22.3%
German12.9%
Italian11.4%
English10%
French Except Basque7.6%
Polish6.7%
Canadian4.4%
Scottish4.2%
Swedish3.2%
Dutch1.6%
Danishn1.4%
Portuguese1.1%
Russian0.9%
US/American0.6%
Czech0.6%
Austrian0.5%
Belgian0.5%
Ukrainian0.5%
Lithuanian0.4%
Greek0.4%
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Ayer Almanac

CategoryValue
County Middlesex County, Worcester County
Standard Zip Codes1432, 1434
Phone Area Codes978
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.56
Approximate Longitude-71.58

Ayer Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCLINTON
Distance12.1 miles
Jan Temp15 to 33 F
Apr Temp37 to 55 F
Jul Temp63 to 81 F
Oct Temp40 to 61 F
Annual Precip49.1 inches
StationLOWELL
Distance12.9 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
StationBEDFORD
Distance16.5 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip46.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Boxborough5,287$154,205
Groton1,163$120,605
Harvard6,570$156,875
Littleton9,538$133,625
Pepperell2,417$81,442
Shirley1,361$67,188

Ayer Public Libraries

Ayer Public Library
26 EAST MAIN ST.
Ayer, Massachusetts
(978) 772-8250

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Ayer Hospitals

Nashoba Valley Medical Center
(Proprietary)
200 Groton Road
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Ayer Public Schools

Page-hilltop
115 Washington St
(978) 772-8600
Page Hilltop School
115 Washington St
(978) 772-8600
Primary
Total Enrollment 566
Ayer Shirley Regional High School
141 Washington St
(978) 772-8600
High
Total Enrollment 307
Ayer High School
141 Washington St
(978) 772-8600
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