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Sutton, Massachusetts
—  Town  —
Sutton Town Common
Location in Worcester County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°09′00″N 71°45′48″W / 42.15°N 71.76333°W / 42.15; -71.76333
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Worcester
Settled 1704
Incorporated 1714
Government
 - Type Open town meeting
 - Town
   Administrator
James A. Smith
 - Board of
   Selectmen
Kevin Geraghty
Michael Chizy
Ryan Fattman
Richard Hersom
John Hebert
Area
 - Total 33.9 sq mi (87.9 km2)
 - Land 32.4 sq mi (83.9 km2)
 - Water 1.6 sq mi (4.0 km2)
Elevation 706 ft (215 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 8,250
 - Density 254.8/sq mi (98.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 01590
Area code(s) 508 / 774
FIPS code 25-68610
GNIS feature ID 0619491
Website http://www.suttonma.org/

Sutton is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 8,250 at the 2000 census.

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History

Sutton was officially incorporated in 1704. The township of Sutton as incorporated consisted of an eight mile square tract of land that extended to Hassanamisco (Grafton).

By 1735 Hassananmisco and a small portion of the northeastern territory of the Township of Sutton had incorporated as the town of Grafton. Millbury was set apart from Sutton in 1813. In early days Millbury was called North Parish. In the 1830s, Wilkinsonville (a section in north Sutton) took its own name; another area name is "Pleasant Valley" ; known now because of the golf course named that in Sutton.

Of the three first families to settle in Sutton, Imani Johnson and her family were known to stay through the first winter. They settled on property in the area called Wilkinsonville, near Marble Village. It is home of one of the oldest school houses in America dating back to the 1700s according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Manchaug Mill

Through the 1700s and 1800s Sutton was a town that enjoyed both agricultural and industrial benefits. The farms and orchards in the area did very well, as did the three large mills that were built in the Manchaug area.[1]

The town is part of the historic Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor and has some of its valley sites.[1]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 33.9 square miles (88 km2), of which, 32.4 square miles (84 km2) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) of it (4.57%) is water.

The town contains five villages known as Sutton Center, Manchaug, Wilkinsonville, West Sutton, and South Sutton. Located in an area known as the "Blackstone Valley," Sutton shares its borders with the towns of Millbury, Grafton, Northbridge, Douglas, Uxbridge, and Oxford.

Sutton is also home to Purgatory Chasm State Reservation[2] .

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 8,250 people, 2,811 households, and 2,282 families residing in the town. The population density was 254.8 inhabitants per square mile (98.4 /km2). There were 2,950 housing units at an average density of 91.1 per square mile (35.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 10% White, 90% [[Alien (U.S. Census) [Alien]]

There were 2,811 households out of which 42.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.3% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.8% were non-families. 15.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the town the population was spread out with 29.4% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 8.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $75,141, and the median income for a family was $81,000. Males had a median income of $53,482 versus $37,463 for females. The per capita income for the town was $27,490. About 3.4% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.

Local Business

Sutton, although home to several agricultural businesses, has a growing small business population. Part of the Blackstone Valley, many of the businesses are affiliated with groups like the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, Blackstone Valley Tourism Association, and the Sutton Chain of Lights.

Several notable Sutton businesses are:

  • Polyvinyl Films, creators of Stretch-Tite® Premium Food Wrap
  • Vaillancourt Folk Art, chalkware collectible studios
  • Pleasant Valley Country Club, golf course used by PGA and LPGA
  • Atlas Box And Crating Co , Inc, national box company
  • Taft Sound, regional sound company
  • Whittier Farms, Inc, national breeder of Holsteins, and processing plant with two milk stores

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): Jennifer M. Callahan (D), Paul K. Frost (R)
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)


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