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Overview

Introduction to Barre, Massachusetts

Barre, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 19 miles NW of Worcester, Massachusetts and 53 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts.

Barre History

The town of Barre was originally known as the Northwest District of Rutland. It was first settled by Europeans in 1720, and officially incorporated as Hutchinson in 1774. It was named in honor of Thomas Hutchinson, a Colonial Governor of Massachusetts. It has been known by its current name since 1776. The town was named after Isaac Barre, a hero of the American Revolution.

Barre and nearby Attractions

  • Barre Historical Society and Museum
  • Russell’s Fossil Museum
  • Rutland State Park
  • Fisher Museum at Harvard Forest
  • Wachusett Mountain Ski Area
  • Wachusett Mountain State Reservation

Things To Do In Barre

The Wachusett Mountain Ski Area is a popular local ski resort. Local museums include the Barre Historical Society and Museum, Russell’s Fossil Museum and the Fisher Museum at Harvard Forest. The Adventure Game Theatre and Crystal Caves Family Entertainment Center are popular recreational spots for children.

Barre Transportation

Worcester Regional is the nearest major airport.

Barre Higher Education

Mount Wachusett Community College, the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester State College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Assumption College are the local colleges.

Demographics

People

Total Population1,259
Male Share of the Population60.8%
Female Share of the Population39.2%
Senior Citizens27.6%
Employed Population 16+577
Age of the Population55

Families

% of people married35.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher32.2%
Median Earnings25+$33,500
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0

Wealth

Median Family Income$82,543
% Above Poverty Level93.4%
% Below Poverty Level6.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time36 minutes
% Working from Home66%
% Walking and Biking to Work0%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone52.1%
Median Gross Rent$901
Median House Value$183,000

Ancestry

English32.3%
Italian28%
Dutch10.6%
French Except Basque7.7%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)5.5%
Irish4.8%
Lithuanian3.3%
Portuguese2.9%
Polish2.8%
Scottish2.3%
Welsh1.4%
German1.2%
Canadian1.1%
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Barre Almanac

CategoryValue
County Worcester County
Standard Zip Codes1005
Phone Area Codes978
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.42
Approximate Longitude-72.1

Barre Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBARRE FALLS DAM
Distance3.8 miles
Jan Temp11 to 32 F
Apr Temp32 to 55 F
Jul Temp55 to 80 F
Oct Temp34 to 59 F
Annual Precip45.5 inches
StationBIRCH HILL DAM
Distance14.6 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
StationPETERBORO 2 S
Distance30.6 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
Hardwick3,003$67,824
Hubbardston4,537$94,512
New Braintree1,106$86,875
Oakham1,825$90,268
Petersham220$102,000
Rutland2,449$82,059

Barre Public Libraries

Woods Memorial Library
19 PLEASANT ST.
Barre, Massachusetts
(978) 355-2533

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Barre Public Schools

Ib School Of Quabbin
800 South Street
ZIP: 1005
(978) 355-4651
High
Total Enrollment 35
Quabbin Regional Middle School
800 South Street
ZIP: 1005
(978) 355-5042
Middle
Total Enrollment 405
Ruggles Lane
105 Ruggles Lane, Po Box 903
ZIP: 1005
(978) 355-2934
Primary
Total Enrollment 418
Quabbin Regional High School
800 South Street
ZIP: 1005
(978) 355-4651
High
Total Enrollment 761

Barre Private Schools

Stetson School
455 South St
ZIP: 1005
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 74
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