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West Brookfield, Massachusetts
—  Town  —
Town Hall
Location in Worcester County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°14′07″N 72°08′30″W / 42.23528°N 72.14167°W / 42.23528; -72.14167
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Worcester
Settled 1664
Incorporated 1848
Government
 - Type Open town meeting
Area
 - Total 21.1 sq mi (54.7 km2)
 - Land 20.5 sq mi (53.0 km2)
 - Water 0.6 sq mi (1.7 km2)
Elevation 633 ft (193 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 3,804
 - Density 185.8/sq mi (71.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 01585
Area code(s) 508 / 774
FIPS code 25-75400
GNIS feature ID 0618392
Website http://www.wbrookfield.com/

West Brookfield is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 3,804 at the 2000 census. Lucy Stone was born in West Brookfield, and Noah Webster published his dictionary there.

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

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History

West Brookfield was first settled in 1664 and was officially incorporated in 1848, splitting off from Brookfield. West Brookfield is also the first place asparagus was grown in America.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 21.1 square miles (54.7 km²), of which, 20.5 square miles (53.0 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.7 km²) of it (3.03%) is water. West Brookfield is bounded on the southeast by Brookfield, on the north by North Brookfield, on the north by New Braintree, on the west by Ware and on the southwest by Warren.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,804 people, 1,362 households, and 965 families residing in the town. The population density was 185.8 people per square mile (71.8/km²). There were 1,534 housing units at an average density of 74.9/sq mi (28.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.16% White, 0.32% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.05% of the population.

There were 1,362 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.1% were non-families. 23.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 20.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 81.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $49,722, and the median income for a family was $58,750. Males had a median income of $41,211 versus $29,783 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,501. About 4.0% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.9% of those under age 18 and 4.6% 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): Anne M. Gobi (D)
State Senator(s): Stephen M. Brewer (D)
Governor's Councilor(s): Thomas J. Foley (D)
Federal government
U.S. Representative(s): John W. Olver (D-1st District),
U.S. Senators: John Kerry (D), Paul G. Kirk (D)


Education

There is one public school in West Brookfield, West Brookfield Elementary School, serving grades K-6. West Brookfield is regionalized with Warren; students in grades 7-12 from both towns attend Quaboag Regional Middle-High School in Warren.

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