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Hopedale, Massachusetts
—  Town  —
Town Hall
Location in Worcester County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°07′50″N 71°32′30″W / 42.13056°N 71.54167°W / 42.13056; -71.54167
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Worcester
Settled 1660
Incorporated 1886
Government
 - Type Open town meeting
Area
 - Total 5.3 sq mi (13.8 km2)
 - Land 5.2 sq mi (13.4 km2)
 - Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation 280 ft (85 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 5,907
 - Density 1,145.8/sq mi (442.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 01747
Area code(s) 508 / 774
FIPS code 25-30945
GNIS feature ID 0618366
Website http://www.hopedale-ma.gov

Hopedale is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 5,907 at the 2000 census.

For geographic and demographic information on the census-designated place Hopedale, please see the article Hopedale (CDP), Massachusetts.

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History

The Little Red Shop

Hopedale was first settled in 1660. Benjamin Albee built a mill on what is now the south end of Hopedale in 1664. A 64-square-mile (170 km2) area of Blackstone Valley is incorporated as the town of Mendon. In 1780, Milford separated from Mendon. On August 26, 1841, Adin Ballou, along with the Practical Christians, gives Hopedale its name. Ballou and the Practical Christians established the Hopedale Community based on Christian and socialist ideologies in 1842. The town was officially incorporated in 1886 when it separated from Milford. In 1905, women were granted permission to swim at the town beach.

Hopedale was once home to the Draper Corporation, once the largest maker of textile looms in the United States. The company was acquired by Rockwell International in 1967.

Hopedale is included in the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.3 square miles (13.8 km²), of which, 5.2 square miles (13.4 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (3.20%) is water.

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Adjacent towns

Hopedale is located in Central Massachusetts, bordered by:

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,907 people, 2,240 households, and 1,572 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,145.8 people per square mile (442.0/km²). There were 2,289 housing units at an average density of 444.0/sq mi (171.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.53% White, 0.56% Black or African American, 0.02% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.51% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.17% of the population.

There were 2,240 households out of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $60,176, and the median income for a family was $68,571. Males had a median income of $47,380 versus $31,144 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,791. About 2.9% of families and 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.

Government

County government: Worcester County
Clerk of Courts: Dennis P. McManus (D)
District Attorney: Joseph D. Early, Jr. (D)
Register of Deeds: Anthony J. Vigliotti (D)
Register of Probate: Stephen Abraham (D)
County Sheriff: Guy W. Glodis (D)
State government
State Representative(s): John V. Fernandes (D)
State Senator(s): Richard T. Moore (D)
Governor's Councilor(s): Thomas J. Foley (D)
Federal government
U.S. Representative(s): Richard E. Neal (D-2nd District),
U.S. Senators: John Kerry (D), Paul G. Kirk (D)


Notable residents and former residents

Public Schools

Students in grades K-6 go to the Memorial School. Hopedale Junior/Senior High is for grades 7-12.

References

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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