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Overview

Introduction to Sturbridge, Massachusetts

Sturbridge, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 17 miles SW of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center) and 55 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts.

Sturbridge History

The earliest settlers, who arrived in Sturbridge in 1729, were from Medfield. The town of Sturbridge was officially incorporated in 1738. Alternate names were considered to christen this new town including New Medfield and Dummer, in honor of Governor William Dummer. Ultimately, the town was named Sturbridge after a town in England.

Sturbridge and Nearby Attractions

  • Lucy Stone Home Site
  • Spencer State Forest
  • Tower Hill Botanic Garden
  • Hicks-Stearns Museum
  • Nashoba Valley

Things To Do In Sturbridge

Some of the museums near Sturbridge are Hicks-Stearns Museum, Higgins Armory Museum and Vernon Historical Society Museum, among many others. There are some historical sites nearby as well. The Roseland Cottage, built in 1846, is a coral-colored Gothic Revival house. The Salisbury Mansion and the Lucy Stone Home Site are also popular places to visit. Numerous parks are located nearby including Bigelow Hollow State Park, Brimfield State Forest, and Douglas State Forest. Other popular attractions indlude the Copernican Observatory & Planetarium, Holyoke Merry-Go-Round, and the International Skating Center of Connecticut.

Sturbridge Transportation

Air transportation is available from Bradley International Airport.

Sturbridge Higher Education

The colleges near Sturbridge include American International College, Amherst College and Anna Maria College.

People

Total Population 2,515
Male Share of the Population 44%
Female Share of the Population 56%
Senior Citizens 6.8%
Employed Population 16+ 1,278
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 58.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 44.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $110,417
% Above Poverty Level 99.3%
% Below Poverty Level 0.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 9.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 12.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,199
Median House Value $278,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.3%
US/American 0%
English 20.8%
Irish 21.4%

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

Sturbridge Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 17 miles SW of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 55 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 01518, 01566
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.108
Longitude -72.079

Sturbridge 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 EAST BRIMFIELD LAKE
Distance 2.8 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 33 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 37 to 61 F
Annual Precip 47.4 inches
Station BUFFUMVILLE LAKE
Distance 9.2 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 WEST THOMPSON LAKE
Distance 14.3 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 35 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brimfield 3,695 $105,500
Brookfield 786 $58,417
Charlton 13,215 $100,198
Dudley 11,515 $83,385
Holland 1,433 $76,500

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

Sturbridge Public Libraries

Library
Joshua Hyde Public Library
306 MAIN STREET
Sturbridge, Massachusetts
(508) 347-2512

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319 BROOKFIELD RD
508-347-9301
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 916 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.6

TANTASQUA REG VOC
319 BROOKFIELD RD
508-347-3045
A Vocational School
Serves 243 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

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