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Overview

Introduction to Gardner, Massachusetts

Gardner, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 23 miles NW of Worcester, Massachusetts and 50 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The city is considered part of the Fitchburg - Leominster metropolitan area.

Gardner History

The city of Gardner is named after Col. Thomas Gardner. The city was first settled in 1764. In 1785 it was incorporated as a town. Land grants were received from the surrounding towns of Westminster, Winchendon, Ashburnham and Templeton. Gardner became a major center for lumber and furniture industries during 1805. In 1923, Gardner was incorporated as a city. It is also known as "The Furniture Capital of New England" and the "Chair City."

Gardner and nearby Attractions

  • Heritage State Park
  • Crystal Lake
  • Rome Furniture Warehouse
  • Big Chair - Elm Street
  • Dunn State Park

Things To Do In Gardner

Gardner offers a number of recreational activities. You can visit the chair and furniture manufacturing companies of the city. There are several unique shops, restaurants and bars in Gardner. The city also has a municipal golf course.

Gardner Transportation

Air transportation is available from Worcester Regional Airport.

Gardner Higher Education

Mount Wachusett Community College is the local college.

People

Total Population 20,306
Male Share of the Population 50.3%
Female Share of the Population 49.7%
Senior Citizens 15.7%
Employed Population 16+ 8,398
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 39.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.5%
Median Earnings25+ $33,539
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,889
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,481

Wealth

Median Family Income $55,949
% Above Poverty Level 80.9%
% Below Poverty Level 19.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.2%
Median Gross Rent $729
Median House Value $171,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.8%
US/American 0.2%
English 10.2%
Irish 16.4%

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

Gardner Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 23 miles NW of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 50 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 01440
Company Zip Codes 01441
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.575
Longitude -71.998

Gardner 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 BIRCH HILL DAM
Distance 7.2 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 32 F
Apr Temp 30 to 56 F
Jul Temp 55 to 81 F
Oct Temp 32 to 60 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches
Station PETERBORO 2 S
Distance 19.2 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 30 F
Apr Temp 32 to 54 F
Jul Temp 56 to 79 F
Oct Temp 35 to 58 F
Annual Precip 44.6 inches
Station VERNON
Distance 29.5 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 32 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ashburnham 6,160 $106,352
Hubbardston 4,474 $94,485
Phillipston 1,731 $81,198
Templeton 8,120 $82,813
Westminster 7,414 $98,008
Winchendon 3,369 $57,959

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

Gardner Public Libraries

Library
Levi Heywood Memorial Library
57 CITY HALL AVENUE
Gardner, Massachusetts
(978) 632-5298

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Gardner Hospitals

HEYWOOD HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
242 GREEN STREET
(978) 632-3420
Emergency Service: Yes

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200 CATHERINE STREET
978-632-1600
Serves 979 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

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75 EAST BROADWAY
978-630-4076
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 7 students.

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