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Milford, Massachusetts
—  Town  —
Location in Worcester County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°08′23″N 71°31′00″W / 42.13972°N 71.5166667°W / 42.13972; -71.5166667
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Worcester
Settled 1662
Incorporated 1780
Government
 - Type Representative town meeting
Area
 - Total 14.9 sq mi (38.5 km2)
 - Land 14.6 sq mi (37.8 km2)
 - Water 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
Elevation 307 ft (94 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 25,152
 - Density 1,835.6/sq mi (708.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 01757
Area code(s) 508
FIPS code 25-41165
GNIS feature ID 0618372
Website http://www.milford.ma.us/

Milford is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 26,799 according to the 2000 census.

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

Milford has been growing at a fast rate since the introduction of Interstate 495 decades ago. Since then, major retailers have opened in town including KMart, Kohl's Department Stores, Target, Lowe's Home Improvement, and Sports Authority. Other retailers which recently opened stores in Milford include T.G.I. Friday's, Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Staples, Petco, and Best Buy. Milford was featured in a 2008 eiposde of FOX's television series, Fringe.

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History

Milford was first settled in 1662 and was officially incorporated in 1780. It was originally the eastern part of Mendon called "Mill River".

Milford is renowned for its pink granite, discovered in 1870. Some of this granite has been used for buildings in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Paris, France.

Today, it is recognized, in part, for its health care facility - the Milford Regional Medical Center. In January 2008, the Center opened a cancer treatment facility with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The Center is affiliated with UMass Medical Center as a teaching hospital.

Milford is also the home of the "My One Wish" foundation, started in 1984.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 14.9 square miles (38.5 km²), of which 14.6 square miles (37.8 km²) is land, and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (1.82%) is water.

Adjacent towns

Milford is located in Central Massachusetts, bordered by:

Demographics

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)

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 26,799 people, 10,420 households, and 7,200 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,835.6 people per square mile (708.7/km²). There were 10,713 housing units at an average density of 733.8/sq mi (283.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.95% White, 1.35% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 1.76% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.99% from other races, and 1.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.36% of the population.

There were 10,420 households out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.9% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 33.2% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $50,856, and the median income for a family was $61,029. Males had a median income of $42,173 versus $30,989 for females. The per capita income for the town was $23,742. About 5.8% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.9% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure

The Massachusetts Department of Correction has its headquarters in Milford.[2]

Schools

Milford Public Schools operates seven public schools [1] and one catholic school.

Public Schools:

  • Pre-K - Shining Star Early Childhood Center
  • K-2 - Brookside Elementary School
  • K-2 - Memorial Elementatry School
  • 3-4 - Woodland Elementary School
  • 5-7 - Stacy Middle School (SMS)
  • 8 - Middle School East (MSE)
  • 9-12 - Milford High School (MHS)

Catholic Schools:

  • K-6 - Milford Catholic Elementary School (MCES)

Annual events

  • Independence Day Fireworks, held on Plains Park within a day of July 4
  • Portuguese Picnic- A two night festival held at the Portuguese Club

Notable residents

References

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "Massachusetts Department of Correction." Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. Retrieved on December 7, 2009.

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

MILFORD, a township of Worcester county, Massachusetts, U.S.A., about 16 m. S.E. of Worcester. Pop. (1890), 8780; (1900) 11,376, of whom 3342 were foreign-born; (1910 census) 13,055. Within its area of about 15 sq. m. are a large rural population and the village Of Milford, on the Charles river, about 33 m. S.W. of Boston, served by the Boston & Albany, the New York, New Haven & Hartford and the Grafton & Upton railways (the last named having its passenger department operated by electricity and its freight by steam, and connecting Milford with North Grafton), and by inter-urban electric lines. The village has a memorial hall, housing the public library, and in the township there is an excellent hospital, the gift of Eben. S. Draper. The village is a shipping point for an agricultural and manufacturing district. In 1905 the value of the township's factory products was $3,390,504 (32.8% more than in 1900). The most important manufactures are boots and shoes; the industry was established in 1795, and for many years the special product was brogans for Southern negroes. In 1908 there were 12 large granite quarries in the township (north and north-east of the village). Milford granite is the typical stone of an area reaching into Rhode Island south of the southern boundary of Providence county; it is a biotite granite of post-Cambrian age, is generally pinkish-gray in colour (owing to the large proportion of feldspar among its constituents), and is widely used for building purposes. The township was the east precinct of Mendon until 1780, when it was incorporated; in 1835 parts of Holliston and Hopkinton were annexed; in 1886 a part was separated as Hopedale.

See Adin Ballou, History of Milford (Boston, 1882); and T. Nelson Dale, The Chief Commercial Granites of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island (Washington, 1908), Bulletin 354 of the U.S. Geological Survey.


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