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Overview

Introduction to Rutland, Massachusetts

Rutland, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 10 miles NW of Worcester, Massachusetts and 45 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts.

Rutland History

Rutland was purchased from residents of Natwick in 1686. Settlers from Boston, Lexington, Concord and Sudbury arrived in 1719. A gristmill, a library and a tannery were soon built in the area. The city’s healthy atmosphere and fresh air attracted visitors in large numbers, and Rutland soon gained considerable popularity as a health resort.

Rutland and nearby Attractions

  • Gardner Museum
  • Lucy Stone Home Site
  • Rutland State Park
  • Rutland Water Nature Reserve
  • Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge

Things To Do In Rutland

Local museums include the Ecotarium, the Worcester Art Museum, the Higgins Armory Museum and the Gardner Museum. The Lucy Stone Home Site and the Salisbury Mansion are nearby as well. The Rutland Water Nature Reserve has provisions for various kinds of water sports. The Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge has a number of exotic species of animals and birds on display. Nearby parks include the Quinsigamond State Park, Rutland State Park, Whitehall State Park and Wells State Park.

Rutland Transportation

Boston Logan International is the nearest major airport.

Rutland Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include Worcester State College, Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Clark University.

People

Total Population 2,433
Male Share of the Population 57.9%
Female Share of the Population 42.1%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 1,209
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 55.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 35%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $81,667
% Above Poverty Level 96.3%
% Below Poverty Level 3.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 0.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 27.4%
Median Gross Rent $891
Median House Value $247,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.3%
US/American 1.3%
English 12.1%
Irish 27.9%

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

Rutland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles NW of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 45 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 01543
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.369
Longitude -71.948

Rutland 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 BARRE FALLS DAM
Distance 6.2 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 32 F
Apr Temp 32 to 55 F
Jul Temp 55 to 80 F
Oct Temp 34 to 59 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches
Station BUFFUMVILLE LAKE
Distance 17.7 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 34 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 61 F
Annual Precip 48.8 inches
Station BIRCH HILL DAM
Distance 20.2 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Holden 18,053 $110,788
Hubbardston 4,474 $94,485
Oakham 1,803 $85,682
Paxton 4,860 $108,221
Princeton 3,456 $127,043
West Boylston 7,834 $85,393

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

Rutland Public Libraries

Library
Rutland Free Public Library
280 MAIN STREET
Rutland, Massachusetts
(508) 886-4108

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