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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population20,334
Male Share of the Population49.2%
Female Share of the Population50.8%
Senior Citizens14.9%
Employed Population 16+9,139
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married39.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17.7%
Median Earnings25+$35,787
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$27,418
Median Earnings With High School Degree$34,343

Wealth

Median Family Income$59,007
% Above Poverty Level81%
% Below Poverty Level19%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Working from Home3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work4%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone31%
Median Gross Rent$767
Median House Value$173,200

Ancestry

French Except Basque18.5%
Irish16.9%
Canadian15.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)14.5%
English9.7%
Italian9.2%
German7.5%
Polish5.7%
Scottish3.7%
Swedish3.3%
Greek2.2%
Finnish1.9%
Portuguese1.7%
Lithuanian0.8%
Russian0.7%
West Indian0.4%
Norwegian0.3%
Welsh0.3%
African0.3%
Czech0.3%
Romanian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Dutch0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Arab0.2%
US/American0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
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Gardner Almanac

CategoryValue
County Worcester County
Standard Zip Codes1440
Phone Area Codes978
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.58
Approximate Longitude-71.98

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)

StationBIRCH HILL DAM
Distance7.2 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
Distance19.2 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
StationVERNON
Distance29.5 miles
Jan Temp11 to 32 F
Apr Temp34 to 57 F
Jul Temp59 to 84 F
Oct Temp37 to 62 F
Annual Precip46.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ashburnham6,171$105,106
Hubbardston4,537$94,512
Phillipston1,618$79,338
Templeton8,131$89,046
Westminster7,480$106,273
Winchendon3,400$61,063

Gardner Public Libraries

Levi Heywood Memorial Library
55 WEST LYNDE ST.
Gardner, Massachusetts
(978) 632-5298

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Gardner Hospitals

Heywood Hospital
(Non-profit)
242 Green Street
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Gardner Public Schools

Gardner Middle School
297 Catherine St
(978) 632-1603
Middle
Total Enrollment 582
Gardner High
200 Catherine St
(978) 632-1600
High
Total Enrollment 636
Elm Street School
160 Elm St
(978) 632-1673
Primary
Total Enrollment 490
Waterford Street
62 Waterford St
(978) 632-1605
Primary
Total Enrollment 525
Helen Mae Sauter Elementary
130 Elm St
(978) 632-5480
Primary
Total Enrollment 220
Gardner Academy For Learning And Technology
75 East Broadway St
(978) 632-1606
High
Total Enrollment 75
Pathways Early College Innovation School
444 Green St
(978) 630-9393
High
Total Enrollment 34
The Gateway To College
444 Green St
(978) 630-9248
High
Total Enrollment 59

Gardner Private Schools

Our Lady Of The Holy Rosary Elementary School
99 Nichols St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 226
Sacred Heart Of Jesus Elementary School
53 Lynde St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 174
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