Overview

Introduction to Spencer, Massachusetts

Spencer, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 9 miles W of Worcester, Massachusetts and 48 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is part of the Worcester metropolitan statistical area.

Spencer History

Spencer was first settled by Nathaniel Wood in 1717. It was incorporated as a town on April 12, 1753. Prior to its incorporation, the town of Spencer was a part of Leicester. It was named after the then Lieutenant Governor, Spencer Phips. In 1740, the first mill of Spencer was built on Seven-Mile River. The town hall was constructed in 1839.

Spencer and nearby Attractions

  • Spencer State Forest
  • Worcester Art Museum
  • Ogara Park
  • Luther Hill Park
  • Howe State Park

Things To Do In Spencer

The picturesque town of Spencer offers a number of basketball courts, hiking trails, golf courses and swimming pools for both for its residents and visitors. The beautiful parks of the town are ideal destinations for family day trips. Apart from these, the town of Spencer also organizes several art and cultural events.

Spencer Transportation

Air transportation is available from Worcester Regional Airport.

Spencer Higher Education

The nearest college is Worcester State College.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,705
Male Share of the Population55.1%
Female Share of the Population44.9%
Senior Citizens19.2%
Employed Population 16+3,045
Age of the Population45

Families

% of people married40.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher13.3%
Median Earnings25+$35,642
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$26,088
Median Earnings With High School Degree$33,336

Wealth

Median Family Income$77,879
% Above Poverty Level83.8%
% Below Poverty Level16.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.4%
% Using Public Transportation1%

Housing

People Living Alone38.3%
Median Gross Rent$862
Median House Value$222,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)15.3%
French Except Basque14.7%
Irish11%
English10.4%
Canadian9.4%
Italian7.1%
Polish5.8%
Swedish3.8%
German3.6%
West Indian1.5%
Dutch1.1%
Norwegian0.8%
Portuguese0.6%
Brazilian0.5%
US/American0.5%
Austrian0.4%
Lithuanian0.3%
Russian0.2%
Scottish0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Greek0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Arab0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
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Spencer Almanac

CategoryValue
CountyWorcester County
Standard Zip Codes01562
Phone Area Codes5,08,774
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.24
Approximate Longitude-71.99

Spencer 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
Distance5.8 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
Distance10 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
StationBARRE FALLS DAM
Distance13.3 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
Brookfield752$102,614
East Brookfield1,124$81,125
North Brookfield2,269$73,650

Spencer Public Libraries

Richard Sugden Public Library
8 PLEASANT STREET
Spencer, Massachusetts
(508) 885-7513

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Spencer Public Schools

David Prouty High
302 Main Street
ZIP: 1562
(508) 885-8505
High
Total Enrollment 421
Knox Trail Junior High
73 Ash Street
ZIP: 1562
(508) 885-8550
Middle
Total Enrollment 345
Lake Street
17 Lake Street
ZIP: 1562
(508) 885-8517
Primary
Total Enrollment 316
Wire Village School
60 Paxton Road
ZIP: 1562
(508) 885-8524
Primary
Total Enrollment 427
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