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Overview

Introduction to Lancaster, Massachusetts

Lancaster, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 14 miles NE of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center) and 32 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. As of the 2000 census, 7,380 people lived in Lancaster.

Lancaster History

Lancaster, which was settled in 1643, was originally named Nashaway after the Nashaway Indian tribes. It was founded by John Prescott and incorporated in 1653, as Lancaster on the Nashua. It was named after the City of Lancaster in Lancashire, England, and was home to the Beaman Oak, the largest oak tree in Massachusetts from 1623 - 1677. Towns like Bolton, Clinton, Harvard, Hudson, Berlin, Stow, Marlborough, Boylston, and Leominster were once a part of the Town of Lancaster.

Lancaster and Nearby Attractions

  • Lancaster State Forest
  • Fifth Meeting House
  • Worcester Art Museum
  • Tower Hill Botanic Garden
  • Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge
  • Wachusett Mountain Ski Area

Things To Do In Lancaster

Lancaster is home to Fiske Hill National Park and Lancaster State Forest. There are several rivers and brooks that offer opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, and other water sports including the North Nashua River, Ponakin Brook, McGovern Brook, and Still River. The Evangelical Congregational Church, Convent of the Cenacle, and First Church of Christ are some of the local churches. Other popular places to visit include Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, Tower Hill Botanical Garden, and Hudson Historical Society Museum.

Lancaster Transportation

Worcester Regional Airport is nearby.

Lancaster Higher Education

Colleges near Lancaster include Fitchburg State College, Middlesex Community College, and Quinsigamond Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population8,092
Male Share of the Population56%
Female Share of the Population44%
Senior Citizens15.4%
Employed Population 16+3,623
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married47%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher32.9%
Median Earnings25+$47,167
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,724

Wealth

Median Family Income$103,656
% Above Poverty Level92%
% Below Poverty Level8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.9%
% Using Public Transportation1.4%

Housing

People Living Alone19.6%
Median Gross Rent$1,095
Median House Value$299,600

Ancestry

Irish21.7%
English14.3%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)14%
Italian12.4%
French Except Basque10.8%
German10.1%
Polish9.1%
Canadian9.1%
Swedish3.9%
Portuguese3.7%
Scottish3.1%
Brazilian2.9%
African0.7%
Ukrainian0.7%
West Indian0.7%
Cape Verdean0.6%
Norwegian0.5%
Greek0.5%
Swiss0.4%
Finnish0.4%
Haitian0.3%
Russian0.3%
Dutch0.3%
Jamaican0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Arab0.1%
US/American0.1%
British0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
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Lancaster Almanac

CategoryValue
County Worcester County
Standard Zip Codes1523
Phone Area Codes
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.45
Approximate Longitude-71.66

Lancaster Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCLINTON
Distance3.9 miles
Jan Temp15 to 33 F
Apr Temp37 to 55 F
Jul Temp63 to 81 F
Oct Temp40 to 61 F
Annual Precip49.1 inches
StationWORCESTER RGNL AP
Distance16.9 miles
Jan Temp16 to 31 F
Apr Temp36 to 54 F
Jul Temp61 to 79 F
Oct Temp41 to 58 F
Annual Precip49 inches
StationFRAMINGHAM
Distance17.7 miles
Jan Temp16 to 36 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip45.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Berlin3,061$105,089
Bolton5,113$161,417
Boylston4,480$111,622
Clinton7,232$66,071
Harvard6,570$156,875
Sterling7,954$131,713

Lancaster Public Libraries

Thayer Memorial Library
717 MAIN ST.
Lancaster, Massachusetts
(978) 368-8928

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Lancaster Public Schools

Luther Burbank Middle School
1 Hollywood Dr
(978) 365-4558
Middle
Total Enrollment 249
Mary Rowlandson Elementary
103 Hollywood Dr
(978) 368-8482
Primary
Total Enrollment 498

Lancaster Private Schools

Rfk Lancaster School
220 Old Common Rd
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 37
Trivium School
471 Langen Rd
Secondary
Total Enrollment 76
New River Academy
220 Old Common Rd Campbell Building
Secondary
Total Enrollment 9
Nashoba Montessori School
94 Main St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Doctor Franklin Perkins School
971 Main St
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 131
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