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Ashby, Massachusetts
—  Town  —
The Ashby Market
Location in Middlesex County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°40′40″N 71°49′15″W / 42.67778°N 71.82083°W / 42.67778; -71.82083
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Settled 1676
Incorporated 1767
Government
 - Type Open town meeting
Area
 - Total 24.2 sq mi (62.6 km2)
 - Land 23.8 sq mi (61.6 km2)
 - Water 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
Elevation 904 ft (276 m)
Population (2007)
 - Total 2,944
 Density 123.7/sq mi (47.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 01431
Area code(s) 351 / 978
FIPS code 25-01955
GNIS feature ID 0618214
Website www.ci.ashby.ma.us

Ashby is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 2,845 as of the 2000 census.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 24.2 square miles (62.6 km²), of which, 23.8 square miles (61.6 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (1.53%) is water.

Demographics

First Parish Church (Unitarian Universalist), built 1809 as the town's meetinghouse to a pattern by architect Asher Benjamin.

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,845 people, 978 households, and 783 families residing in the town. The population density was 119.6 people per square mile (46.2/km²). There were 1,011 housing units at an average density of 42.5/sq mi (16.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.03% White, 0.28% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. The ethnic makeup was 0.84% Hispanic or Latino. 14.9% were of English, 14.3% Irish, 13.9% French, 13.3% Finnish, 8.2% American, 7.9% French Canadian, 6.3% Italian and 5.4% German ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 978 households out of which 39.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.6% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.9% were non-families. 15.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $61,000, and the median income for a family was $64,900. Males had a median income of $40,781 versus $28,150 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,648. About 3.7% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.

History

Ashby was first settled in 1676 and was officially incorporated in 1767.

Notable residents

  • Asa Green (1789-c1837), born in Ashby, noted physician and author.[2]
  • Ruth Henshaw Bascom (1772–1848), America's premier folkartist and portraitist, lived with her husband Reverend Ezekial L. Bascom in Ashby where both are buried.[2]
  • Prince Estabrook, enslaved American patriot who fought and was wounded at the battle of Lexington is buried in the graveyard behind the Unitarian-Universalist church. He gained his emancipation following his service to the Continental Army.

References

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963. 

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