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Overview

Introduction to Blackstone, Massachusetts

Blackstone, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 12 miles NW of Pawtucket, Rhode Island and 34 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts.

Blackstone History

The first settlement in Blackstone occurred in 1662, and it was officially incorporated in 1845. It was named in honor of the first European settler in Boston and Rhode Island, William Blackstone. Prior to becoming a separate municipality, the town was part of Mendon, Massachusetts.

Blackstone and nearby Attractions

  • Capron Park Zoo
  • Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park
  • Upton State Forest
  • Museum of Natural History
  • New England Aquarium
  • Roger Williams National Memorial

Things To Do In Blackstone

The Canal Heritage State Park and Ashland State Park provide recreational opportunities like boating, swimming, hiking, mountain biking and cross country skiing. The Ecotarium houses interesting exhibits pertaining to wildlife and the environment. Nearby attractions include the Garden in the Woods, the Tower Hill Botanic Garden and the Fall River Carousel.

Blackstone Transportation

Air transportation is available from Boston Logan International.

Blackstone Higher Education

Nearby colleges include Bryant College, Clark University, Worcester State College, Providence College and Rhode Island College.

People

Total Population 9,078
Male Share of the Population 46.8%
Female Share of the Population 53.2%
Senior Citizens 11.6%
Employed Population 16+ 5,019
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 54.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.6%
Median Earnings25+ $47,004
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $32,917
Median Earnings With High School Degree $40,743

Wealth

Median Family Income $90,378
% Above Poverty Level 94.3%
% Below Poverty Level 5.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 21.7%
Median Gross Rent $929
Median House Value $264,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.3%
US/American 0%
English 9.6%
Irish 28.8%

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

Blackstone Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles NW of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 34 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 01504
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.017
Longitude -71.541

Blackstone Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station WEST MEDWAY
Distance 9.7 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 38 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Station NORTH FOSTER 1 E
Distance 15.2 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 53.1 inches
Station BROCKTON
Distance 27.9 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Blackstone, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

East Blackstone (01504)

Millerville (01504)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bellingham 5,396 $92,875
Hopedale 3,875 $112,768
Mendon 5,938 $120,773
Milford 25,729 $81,458
Millville 3,208 $95,000
Uxbridge 13,709 $99,219

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

Blackstone Public Libraries

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Blackstone Free Public Library
15 ST. PAUL STREET
Blackstone, Massachusetts
(508) 883-1931

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Blackstone High Schools

BLACKSTONE MILLVILLE RHS
175 LINCOLN STREET
508-883-4400
Serves 601 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

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