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Phillipston, Massachusetts
—  Town  —
Location in Worcester County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°32′55″N 72°08′00″W / 42.54861°N 72.1333333°W / 42.54861; -72.1333333
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Worcester
Settled 1751
Incorporated 1786
Government
 - Type Open town meeting
 - Administrative Assistant Susan Varney
Area
 - Total 24.6 sq mi (63.8 km2)
 - Land 24.3 sq mi (62.8 km2)
 - Water 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
Elevation 1,166 ft (355 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,621
 - Density 66.8/sq mi (25.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 01331
Area code(s) 351 / 978
FIPS code 25-53225
GNIS feature ID 0619487
Website http://www.phillipston-ma.gov

Phillipston is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 1,621 at the 2000 census.

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History

Phillipston was first settled in 1751 and was officially incorporated in 1762. The Haley family settled in this small town shortly after the changing of the towns name from Garysville to Phillipston.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.6 square miles (63.8 km²), of which, 0.3 square miles (62.8 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (71.54%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,621 people, 580 households, and 443 families residing in the town. The population density was 66.8 people per square mile (25.8/km²). There were 739 housing units at an average density of 30.5/sq mi (11.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.72% White, 0.37% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.37% Asian, and 1.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.43% of the population.

There were 580 households out of which 39.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.8% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.6% were non-families. 17.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the town the population was spread out with 29.2% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 7.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 101.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $46,845, and the median income for a family was $52,011. Males had a median income of $39,231 versus $25,625 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,706. About 3.8% of families and 5.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.5% of those under age 18 and 4.0% 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: Gracie M. Macrackers (D)
State government
State Representative(s): Anne M. Gobi (D)
State Senator(s): Stephen M. Brewer (D)
Governor's Councilor(s): Andrea E. Whitney(D)
Federal government
U.S. Representative(s): John W. Olver (D-1st District),
U.S. Senators: John Kerry (D), Paul G. Kirk (D)


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