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Overview

Introduction to Douglas, Massachusetts

Douglas, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 14 miles S of Worcester, Massachusetts and 40 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts.

Douglas History

The English became the first Europeans to settle in the area around Douglas in 1715. The earliest settlers primarily came from Sherburn and Natwick. The city was named Douglas in honor of Dr. William Douglas, a physician from Boston who gave a large sum of money for construction of schools and houses in the area.

Douglas and nearby Attractions

  • Brooklyn Historical Society Museum
  • Arnold House
  • Bigelow Hollow State Park
  • Douglas State Forest
  • Scargo Stoneware Pottery & Art Gallery
  • Evelyn Kirrane Aquatic Center

Things To Do In Douglas

Museums located in and around Douglas include the Brooklyn Historical Society Museum, the Scargo Stoneware Pottery and Art Gallery and the Clear River Fine Art Studios. Swimming and water sports can be enjoyed at the Evelyn Kirrane Aquatic center. Opportunities for swimming, boating and fishing are available at the Douglas State Forest, while Southwick’s Zoo is accessible from Douglas as well.

Douglas Transportation

Boston Logan International is the nearest major airport.

Douglas Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include the College of the Holy Cross, Clark University, Assumption College and Worcester State College.

Demographics

People

Total Population8,624
Male Share of the Population51.6%
Female Share of the Population48.4%
Senior Citizens9.9%
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married55.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher36.7%
Median Earnings25+$46,271
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$39,583
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,288

Wealth

Median Family Income$91,956
% Above Poverty Level96.7%
% Below Poverty Level3.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time35 minutes
% Working from Home3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone20.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,139
Median House Value$282,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)10.3%
US/American0%
English20.1%
Irish30.2%

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

Douglas Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Medium City 14 miles S of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City40 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester County
Standard Zip Codes1516
Phone Area Codes508,774
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude42.054
Longitude-71.74

Douglas Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBUFFUMVILLE LAKE
Distance9.3 miles
Jan Temp12 to 34 F
Apr Temp34 to 57 F
Jul Temp59 to 82 F
Oct Temp36 to 61 F
Annual Precip48.8 inches
StationWEST THOMPSON LAKE
Distance10.9 miles
Jan Temp13 to 35 F
Apr Temp33 to 58 F
Jul Temp58 to 82 F
Oct Temp36 to 62 F
Annual Precip51.2 inches
StationNORTH FOSTER 1 E
Distance14.1 miles
Jan Temp17 to 35 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp61 to 81 F
Oct Temp40 to 61 F
Annual Precip53.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Millville3,208$95,000
Northbridge16,268$88,977
Oxford6,108$86,595
Sutton9,141$115,486
Uxbridge13,709$99,219
Webster12,522$51,696

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

Douglas Public Libraries

Simon Fairfield Public Library
290 MAIN STREET DOUGLAS, MA 01516 (42.072432, -71.713409)
Douglas, Massachusetts
(508) 476-2695

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Douglas Public Schools

Douglas Early Childhood
29 Depot St
(508) 476-4034
Primary
Total Enrollment 83
Douglas Intermediate School
21 Davis St
(508) 476-3332
Primary
Total Enrollment 660
Douglas Elementary
17 Gleason Court
(508) 476-2154
Primary
Total Enrollment 367
Douglas High School
33 Davis St
(508) 476-4100
High
Total Enrollment 598
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