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For the former town in Bristol County, Massachusetts, see Warren, Rhode Island.
Warren, Massachusetts
—  Town  —
Historical West Warren
Location in Worcester County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°12′45″N 72°11′30″W / 42.2125°N 72.19167°W / 42.2125; -72.19167
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Worcester
Settled 1664
Incorporated 1742
 - Type Open town meeting
 - Total 27.6 sq mi (71.5 km2)
 - Land 27.5 sq mi (71.3 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 605 ft (184 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 4,776
 - Density 173.5/sq mi (67.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 01083
Area code(s) 413
FIPS code 25-73090
GNIS feature ID 0618388

Warren is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 4,776 at the 2000 census.

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



Warren was first settled in 1664 and was officially incorporated on January 16, 1742 as Western, MA. (correction, January 16, 1741; see Sylvia Buck; " Warren, Town in the Making, 1741-1991)

Originally a part of Quaboag Plantation, the town now known as Warren was part of Brookfield for 68 years until it was renamed Western. (Correction, Warren includes land petitioned from both the Quaboag Plantation and the "Kingsfield", which included parts of Palmer and Brimfield. See Buck).

On March 13, 1834,, the town was renamed Warren in honor of General Joseph Warren, who died at the Battle of Bunker Hill during the Revolutionary War. The need to rename the town came about upon the discovery of another town in Massachusetts sharing the name Western.. I cannot confirm the previous statement, but it is said that the towns of Weston and Western, were easily confused and that was the problem.

According to the document History of Warren Massachusetts by Olney I. Darling, West Brookfield, 1874 Western was renamed Warren due to "countless mistakes in the transmission of the mails" (p. 9). On January 13th, 1834 a town meeting was held to discuss a name change. Shortly thereafter, the town petitioned the legislature to change the name, which was soon done, and the first town meeting under the name "Warren" was held on April 28th, 1834.

The first Warren was located on land combining parts of Mass Bay Colony and Plymouth Colony. In 1636, Roger Williams (theologian), banished from Salem, fled to Sowams where he was sheltered by Massasoit until he settled at Providence.

Permanent English settlement east of the Indian village began. In 1653, Massasoit and his oldest son sold to certain Plymouth Colony settlers what is now Warren and parts of Barrington, Rhode Island; Swansea, Massachusetts; and Rehoboth, Massachusetts.In 1668, the township was officially incorporated with the name Sowams;[3] in 1691, the Plymouth Colony merged with the Massachusetts Bay Colony.Warren was ceded to Rhode Island from Massachusetts in 1747. The town was named "Warren" after a British naval hero, Admiral Sir Peter Warren, after a victory at Louisburg in 1745. At the time of cession in 1747, Barrington, Rhode Island was unified with Warren, until it was separated again in 1770.

The second Warren and what was known as "Warren, Mass is now located in Warren, Maine. On November 7, 1776, Upper Town of St. Georges Plantation was incorporated as a town, named after Joseph Warren, a Revolutionary War hero. Maine seceded from Massachusetts in 1820.

Our Warren, MA, legends tells, when called "Western" actually tired of being confused with Weston, MA. Warren, MA was created in 1834. Warren historically contained the villages of #4 Village,Center Village,West Warren, Lower Village, South Warren. Now we have historical markers for these areas and West Warren and Warren each have their own zip codes.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 27.6 square miles (71.5 km²), of which, 27.5 square miles (71.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.33%) is water.

The Quaboag River runs through the center of town.


At the 2000 census[1], there were 4,776 people, 1,889 households and 1,286 families residing in the town. The population density was 173.5 per square mile (67.0/km²). There were 2,014 housing units at an average density of 73.2/sq mi (28.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.42% White, 0.42% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.21% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.88% of the population.

There were 1,889 households of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.02.

Age distribution was 26.8% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.4 males.

The median household income was $34,583, and the median family income was $39,598. Males had a median income of $32,773 versus $26,667 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,192. About 5.0% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those aged 65 or over.


Warren Pumps LLC, which began operations in 1897, continues a tradition of municipal (including flood control pumps for New Orleans, Lousiana), industrial, and commercial pump manufacturing in the town that dates back to the 1790s.


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): Todd M. Smola (R)
State Senator(s): Stephen M. Brewer (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

  • Molly Bish, (born 1983) murder victim who disappeared in June 2000. Her body was recovered but no one was ever charged.


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

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