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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.

People

Total Population1,075
Male Share of the Population58.5%
Female Share of the Population41.5%
Senior Citizens30.5%
Employed Population 16+317
Age of the Population46

Families

% of people married34.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher29.8%
Median Earnings25+$0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0

Wealth

Median Family Income$79,048
% Above Poverty Level93.5%
% Below Poverty Level6.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time0 minutes
% Working from Home54.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work0%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone46.7%
Median Gross Rent$783
Median House Value$192,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)9.4%
US/American0%
English35.6%
Irish4.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Barre Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Medium City 19 miles NW of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City53 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
CountyWorcester
Standard Zip Codes01005
Phone Area Codes978
Time ZoneEastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude42.422
Longitude-72.105

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
Hardwick3,001$69,792
Hubbardston4,474$94,485
New Braintree1,133$84,844
Oakham1,803$85,682
Petersham252$88,750
Rutland2,433$81,667

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Barre Public Libraries

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

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800 SOUTH STREET
978-355-4651
Serves 1,559 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

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