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Abington, Massachusetts
—  Town  —
Abington Town Offices

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Nickname(s): Bingtown
Motto: †Land of many Beavers†
Location in Plymouth County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°06′17″N 70°56′45″W / 42.10472°N 70.94583°W / 42.10472; -70.94583
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Plymouth
Settled 1668
Incorporated 1712
Government
 - Type Open town meeting
Area
 - Total 10.2 sq mi (26.3 km2)
 - Land 9.9 sq mi (25.7 km2)
 - Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Elevation 108 ft (33 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 14,605
 - Density 1,469.1/sq mi (567.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 02351
Area code(s) 339 / 781
FIPS code 25-00170
GNIS feature ID 0618336
Website www.abingtonmass.com

Abington is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States, 20 miles (32 km) southeast of Boston. In 1890, 4,260 people lived here; in 1900, 4,489; in 1910, 5,455; in 1940, 5,708, and in 1990, 13,800. The population was 14,605 at the 2000 census.

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History

Abington was first settled by European settlers in 1668. The lands included the current towns of Bridgewater, Rockland, Whitman and parts of Hanover. The town was officially incorporated in 1712, having been named six years earlier by Governor Joseph Dudley, as a tribute to Anne Venables Bertie, Countess of Abington, England, who helped him secure the governorship of the Colony from Queen Anne.

During the nineteenth and early twentieth century, the manufacture of boots and shoes was its primary industry, with nearly half of the footwear provided for the Union Army during the Civil War being provided by Abington factories. In 1874 and 1875, the towns of Rockland and Whitman, respectively, separated and incorporated as towns. In 1893, the town was the site of a riot between town constables and workers from the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, over the town's rights to build a streetcar line that crossed the railroad's tracks. The town eventually built the line, and as a "peace offering," the railroad built the North Abington Depot building, which was built in the style of H. H. Richardson.[1]

Geography

Abington is located at 42°7′10″N 70°56′52″W / 42.11944°N 70.94778°W / 42.11944; -70.94778 (42.119534, -70.947876).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 10.2 square miles (26.3 km²), of which, 9.9 square miles (25.7 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (2.16%) is water.

Abington ranks 308th of 351 communities in the Commonwealth, and is the fourth-smallest town (behind Hull, Whitman and Rockland) in Plymouth County. Abington is bordered by Holbrook to the northwest, Weymouth to the northeast, Rockland to the east, Whitman to the south, and Brockton to the west. Abington is considered to be an inland town of the South Shore, and is located approximately 20 miles (32 km) south of Boston.

Abington has two major waterways; the Shumatuscacant River to the west provides the town's border with Brockton, and the Beaver Brook runs through the eastern part of town, and was the source of much of the water power used by the shoe factories. In the northwestern corner of town lies Ames Nowell State Park, a large forested area around Cleveland Pond. Much of the town's population is centered on the eastern side of town, closer to the former town geographic center. The northeast corner of town is also the site of portions of the runways of the South Weymouth Naval Air Station, which was closed in 1996 as a part of the fourth round of BRAC base closures.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 14,605 people, 5,263 households, and 3,747 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,469.1 people per square mile (567.3/km²). There were 5,348 housing units at an average density of 538.0/sq mi (207.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.48% White, 0.76% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population.

There were 5,263 households out of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.8% were non-families. 23.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.29.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 31.6% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $57,100, and the median income for a family was $68,826. Males had a median income of $44,151 versus $30,923 for females. The per capita income for the town was $23,380. About 2.1% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.

Statistically speaking, Abington is the 125th largest community by population in the Commonwealth, and ranks 71st by population density. Its population is lower than the population average but above the median; the population density is above the average.

Government

On the national level, Abington is a part of Massachusetts's 10th congressional district, and has been represented since 1997 by Bill Delahunt. The state's senior (Class II) Senator, up for re-election in 2014, is John Kerry. The Class I Senate seat is currently vacant.

On the state level, Abington is represented in the Massachusetts House of Representatives as a part of the Seventh Plymouth district, which includes the towns of East Bridgewater and Whitman. The town is represented in the Massachusetts Senate as a part of the Norfolk and Plymouth District, which includes Holbrook, Quincy, Rockland and part of Braintree.[4] The town is patrolled by the First (Norwell) Barracks of Troop D of the Massachusetts State Police.[5]

Abington is governed by the open town meeting form of government, and is led by a town manager and a board of selectmen. The town operates its own police and fire department, with firehouses located in the north and south of town along Route 18. There are two post offices in town, on Route 123 east of Route 18 and on Route 58 north of Route 139. The Abington Public Library, a member of the Old Colony Library Network, is located adjacent to the town hall, both of which opened in 1997 across from the high school. The town operates a park, Island Grove Park, located in the southeast of town.

Current Board of Selectmen (April 2009): Thomas Corbett (Chair), Richard Cunningham (Vice-Chair), Gerald Corcoran, Christopher Aiello, R. Andrew Burbine

Education

Abington has its own school department for the town's approximately 2,300 students. The Abington Early Childhood Center, located near the center of town, serves students from pre-kindergarten through second grade. There are two elementary schools (Center Elementary near the old town center and Woodsdale Elementary near the Ames Nowell State Forest), which serve students from third through sixth grades. The Charles M. Frolio Junior High School is located near the center of town, and serves seventh and eighth grade students. Abington High School is located just west of Route 18, across the street from the Town Hall and library. Abington's colors are green, gold, and white, and their teams are known as the Green Wave. The school's chief rival is Whitman-Hanson Regional High, whom they play in an annual Thanksgiving Day football game.

High school students may also choose to attend South Shore Vocational-Technical High School in Hanover free of charge. Abington is also home to Saint Bridget School, a Catholic parochial school along Route 58, which serves students from kindergarten through eighth grade. There are other private schools nearby, located in the neighboring towns of Brockton and Weymouth.

Transportation

There are two main north-south routes through town, Route 18 and Route 58, the latter terminating at the former just a .5 miles (800 m) north of the town line. Route 123 and Route 139 run east to west through the town, with Route 139 being the more northern route. There is no freeway access to town; the town is located between Route 24 and Route 3.

The former Old Colony Railroad line runs through the eastern part of town, and is currently used as a part of the Plymouth-Kingston route of the MBTA's commuter rail line. There is a stop in Abington, just southwest of the intersection of Routes 123 and 58. A spur off the line formerly went into the town of Rockland; that spur is now abandoned. There is no air service in the town; the nearest national and international air service can be found at Logan International Airport in Boston.

Notable residents

References

External links

Video Tour by Prall Works: Abington Montage

Local newspapers: The Patriot Ledger and The Enterprise








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