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Overview

Introduction to Townsend, Massachusetts

Townsend, Massachusetts, in Middlesex county, is 13 miles SW of Nashua, New Hampshire (center to center) and 39 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts.

Townsend History

Townsend was first settled in 1676, and was officially incorporated in 1732. It is named in honor of a British cabinet minister, Viscount Charles Townshend. In 1733, the first mill was built in Townsend Harbor, which is presently a major tourist attraction.

Townsend and Nearby Attractions

  • Willard Brook State Park
  • Townsend State Forest
  • Walden Pond
  • Conant House
  • Children's Metamorphosis Museum

Things To Do In Townsend

The Children's Metamorphosis Museum, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, the Lawrence L. Lee Scouting Museum, and the Peterborough Historical Society Museum are some of the museums in the area. The Squannacook River provides opportunities for boating, swimming and fishing. Townsend State Forest, Willard Brook State Park, and Pearl Hill State Park have provisions for fishing, swimming, horse back riding, picnicking, and camping. Historical sites such as the Gropius House and the Minute Man National Historical Park provide information pertaining to the local history.

Townsend Transportation

Logan International Airport is a major airport nearby.

Townsend Higher Education

Colleges nearby include Fitchburg State College, Mount Wachusett Community College and Quinsigamond Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population1,413
Male Share of the Population39.4%
Female Share of the Population60.6%
Senior Citizens12.6%
Employed Population 16+590
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married50.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher19.7%
Median Earnings25+$42,112
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,833

Wealth

Median Family Income$81,139
% Above Poverty Level92.5%
% Below Poverty Level7.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home6.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.2%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone35.8%
Median Gross Rent$765
Median House Value$210,000

Ancestry

Irish20.7%
English19.2%
French Except Basque14.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)14.2%
Swedish11.5%
Portuguese11.3%
Canadian9.7%
German9.1%
Italian6%
Dutch3.1%
Finnish2.7%
Scottish2%
Greek1.9%
Polish1.5%
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Townsend Almanac

CategoryValue
County Middlesex County
Standard Zip Codes1469, 1474
Phone Area Codes978
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.66
Approximate Longitude-71.7

Townsend Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationNASHUA 2 NNW
Distance13.4 miles
Jan Temp12 to 33 F
Apr Temp34 to 57 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp37 to 61 F
Annual Precip45.4 inches
StationPETERBORO 2 S
Distance17.2 miles
Jan Temp9 to 30 F
Apr Temp32 to 54 F
Jul Temp56 to 79 F
Oct Temp35 to 58 F
Annual Precip44.6 inches
StationBIRCH HILL DAM
Distance21.1 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ashby3,196$92,589
Fitchburg40,441$59,307
Groton1,163$120,605
Lunenburg2,027$117,639
Pepperell2,417$81,442
Shirley1,361$67,188

Townsend Public Libraries

Townsend Public Library
12 DUDLEY RD.
Townsend, Massachusetts
(978) 597-1714

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Townsend Public Schools

Spaulding Memorial
1 Whitcomb Street
ZIP: 1469
(978) 597-0380
Primary
Total Enrollment 450
Hawthorne Brook
64 Brookline Rd
ZIP: 1469
(978) 597-6914
Middle
Total Enrollment 539
North Middlesex Regional
19 Main Street
ZIP: 1469
(978) 597-8721
High
Total Enrollment 901
Squannacook Early Childhood Center
66 Brookline Road
ZIP: 1469
(978) 597-3085
Primary
Total Enrollment 82
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