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Overview

Introduction to Orange, Massachusetts

Orange, Massachusetts, in Franklin county, is 34 miles NE of Chicopee, Massachusetts (center to center) and 65 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Springfield metropolitan area.

Orange History

Orange was settled in 1746, and more settlers arrived between 1769 and 1780. Incorporated on October 15th, 1783, the town was named in honor of King William III, the Prince of Orange. From 1780 to 1840, it was primarily a farming community. Grout, the first automobile factory in the United States, was established in Orange in 1900. The town is located in Franklin County, which was founded in 1811.

Orange and Nearby Attractions

  • Tully Mountain Wildlife Management Area and Trail
  • Erving State Forest
  • Lake Mattawa
  • Northfield Mountain Cross Country Ski Area
  • Historic Deerfield
  • Hadley Farm Museum

Things To Do In Orange

Orange provides varisou opportunities for recreational activities. People may visit the Wendell State Forest, Erving State Forest, Federated Womens Club State Forest, and Tully Mountain Wildlife Management Area and Trail. The First Assembly of God Church, Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, and Saint Mary’s Parish Church are some of the local churches. The Orange Center Historic District is also worth visiting. Local celebrations include the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival every September.

Orange Transportation

Air transportation is available at Worcester Regional Airport.

Orange Higher Education

Nearby colleges include Mount Wachusett Community College, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, and Keene State College.

Demographics

People

Total Population4,044
Male Share of the Population47.4%
Female Share of the Population52.6%
Senior Citizens11.7%
Employed Population 16+1,666
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married50.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher13.2%
Median Earnings25+$36,250
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$8,036
Median Earnings With High School Degree$33,750

Wealth

Median Family Income$59,135
% Above Poverty Level85.8%
% Below Poverty Level14.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home7.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone26.5%
Median Gross Rent$798
Median House Value$148,500

Ancestry

Irish17.3%
English14.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)12.9%
French Except Basque12.6%
Canadian11%
Italian9.9%
German4.7%
Scottish3.8%
Polish3.7%
Lithuanian3.5%
Finnish1.2%
Swedish1.2%
Dutch1.1%
Welsh1%
Austrian0.8%
Czech0.8%
Albanian0.6%
Slovak0.4%
Portuguese0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
Greek0.2%
US/American0.2%
Russian0.2%
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Orange Almanac

CategoryValue
County Franklin County
Standard Zip Codes1364, 1378
Phone Area Codes978
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.59
Approximate Longitude-72.3

Orange Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationTULLY LAKE
Distance5.6 miles
Jan Temp9 to 32 F
Apr Temp32 to 58 F
Jul Temp56 to 84 F
Oct Temp35 to 61 F
Annual Precip46.1 inches
StationBIRCH HILL DAM
Distance10.3 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
StationBARRE FALLS DAM
Distance17.8 miles
Jan Temp11 to 32 F
Apr Temp32 to 55 F
Jul Temp55 to 80 F
Oct Temp34 to 59 F
Annual Precip45.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Athol8,394$60,797

Orange Public Libraries

Wheeler Memorial Library
49 EAST MAIN STREET
Orange, Massachusetts
(978) 544-2495

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Orange Public Schools

Butterfield
94 South Main Street
ZIP: 1364
(978) 544-6136
Dexter Park
3 Dexter St Ext
ZIP: 1364
(978) 544-6080
Primary
Total Enrollment 333
Fisher Hill
59 Dexter Street
ZIP: 1364
(978) 544-0018
Primary
Total Enrollment 305
Ralph C Mahar Regional
507 South Main Street
ZIP: 1364
(978) 544-2542
High
Total Enrollment 714
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