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Overview

Introduction to Grafton, Massachusetts

Grafton, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 7 miles SE of Worcester, Massachusetts and 33 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Worcester metropolitan area.

Grafton History

Grafton was originally a 'Praying Indian' village and was known as Hassanamessit, or Hassanamisco. The Nipmuc tribes were the original inhabitants. In 1718, it was first settled by Europeans, and has contributed significantly to the progress and success of the American Industrial Revolution of 1793. The town was incorporated on April 18, 1735. During the Cold War, the town of Grafton was famous for being a strategic nuclear target. The Wyman Gordon Company that installed the largest metal forge at that time is also located in North Grafton. The town was named after Charles Fitzroy, the Duke of Grafton.

Grafton and nearby Attractions

  • Lake Ripple
  • White City Amusement Park in Shrewsbury
  • Brigham Hill Wildlife Area and Brigham Hill Preserve
  • Gebelein Sanctuary

Things To Do In Grafton

Grafton has a lot to offer if you enjoy hiking and wildlife. The town also includes a number of historical sites, amusement parks and other entertainment options. One can enjoy swimming, fishing and boating in Grafton.

Grafton Transportation

The nearest major airport is Boston Logan International.

Grafton Higher Education

College of the Holy Cross serves the area.

Demographics

People

Total Population18,330
Male Share of the Population47.9%
Female Share of the Population52.1%
Senior Citizens12.8%
Employed Population 16+9,676
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married57.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher50.5%
Median Earnings25+$59,774
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,789
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,854

Wealth

Median Family Income$125,071
% Above Poverty Level94.4%
% Below Poverty Level5.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time35 minutes
% Working from Home5.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.8%
% Using Public Transportation3.1%

Housing

People Living Alone23%
Median Gross Rent$1,069
Median House Value$349,500

Ancestry

Irish22.3%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)20.9%
English14.7%
Italian14.4%
French Except Basque8.5%
Polish8.1%
Canadian6.8%
Swedish3.4%
West Indian2.2%
Scottish1.7%
Dutch1.6%
Lithuanian1.6%
Haitian1.5%
Russian1.3%
Portuguese1.2%
Arab0.9%
Greek0.8%
Hungarian0.8%
US/American0.8%
Norwegian0.7%
Lebanese0.6%
Albanian0.5%
Finnish0.5%
Jamaican0.5%
Brazilian0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
African0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Czech0.2%
Danishn0.2%
South African0.2%
British0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
German0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Cape Verdean0.1%
Welsh0.1%
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Grafton Almanac

CategoryValue
County Worcester County
Standard Zip Codes1519
Phone Area Codes508,774
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.2
Approximate Longitude-71.68

Grafton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationWORCESTER RGNL AP
Distance10.9 miles
Jan Temp16 to 31 F
Apr Temp36 to 54 F
Jul Temp61 to 79 F
Oct Temp41 to 58 F
Annual Precip49 inches
StationBUFFUMVILLE LAKE
Distance12.6 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 MEDWAY
Distance13.9 miles
Jan Temp13 to 38 F
Apr Temp35 to 59 F
Jul Temp60 to 84 F
Oct Temp37 to 64 F
Annual Precip48.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Millbury13,431$88,622
Northbridge16,381$88,898
Shrewsbury36,494$116,978
Sutton9,208$113,060
Upton2,998$107,350
Westborough4,057$116,985

Grafton Public Libraries

Grafton Public Library
35 GRAFTON COMMON
Grafton, Massachusetts
(508) 839-4649

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Grafton Public Schools

Grafton High School
24 Providence Rd
ZIP: 1519
(508) 839-5425
High
Total Enrollment 803
Millbury Street Elementary School
105 Millbury Street
ZIP: 1519
(508) 839-0757
Primary
Total Enrollment 713
North Street Elementary School
60 North Street
ZIP: 1519
(508) 839-5428
Primary
Total Enrollment 547
Grafton Middle
22 Providence Road
ZIP: 1519
(508) 839-5420
Middle
Total Enrollment 498

Grafton Private Schools

Silver Spruce Montessori School
44 Old Upton Rd
ZIP: 1519
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
Touchstone Community School
54 Leland St
ZIP: 1519
Elementary
Total Enrollment 94
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