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Paxton MA

Paxton is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 4,386 at the 2000 census.


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Paxton was first settled in 1749 and was officially incorporated in 1765.

The Town of Paxton was originally taken from the towns of Leicester and Rutland, in nearly equal parts, and was incorporated February 12, 1765. It then received its name from Charles Paxton a "Commissioner of the Customs". The inhabitants soon commenced their plan for building a meeting house, and on the first day of April, 1765, the town voted to build it. It was raised on the 18th day of June, 1766, and this is the frame of the present meeting house.

In 1766 within two years of the incorporation of the town, the foundation of the present meeting house was laid, on what is now the common, near the flag staff. The land was given by Seth Howe, from a piece of his pasture.

David Davis went to Boston, with a pair of oxen and drew to Paxton the bell now in use, which was made by Paul Revere.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15.5 square miles (40 km2), of which, 14.7 square miles (38 km2) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) of it (4.78%) is water.

It is bounded on the west by Spencer and Oakham, on the northwest by Rutland, on the northeast by Holden, on the southeast by Worcester, and on the south by Leicester.



As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,575 people, 1,428 households, and 1,153 families residing in the town. The population density was 297.7 inhabitants per square mile (114.9 /km2). There were 1,461 housing units at an average density of 99.2 per square mile (38.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.69% White, 0.68% African American, 0.09% Native American, 1.07% Asian, 0.57% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.55% of the population.

There were 1,428 households out of which 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.1% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.2% were non-families. 15.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% 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 3.13.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 13.6% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $72,039, and the median income for a family was $80,498. Males had a median income of $51,694 versus $38,409 for females. The per capita income for the town was $29,573. None of the families and 1.8% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 4.5% of those over 64.



  • Electric service is provided by the town’s own municipal light department.
  • Water service is provided by the town’s own water department. Paxton’s principal source of drinking water is Asnebumskit Pond. Recently, Paxton sells the raw Asnebumskit Pond water to Worcester, and buys back water treated at Worcester’s filtration plant.
  • Telephone service is provided by Verizon. All phones in Paxton are connected to Verizon’s main central office in Worcester.
  • Cable television service is provided by Charter Communications.
  • No natural gas or sewer service is available in Paxton. At least one house on the Paxton-Worcester city line is connected to the Worcester sewer system. Paxton residents voted down the creation of the South Paxton Sewer District at a February 28, 2006 town meeting. This district, pejoratively called "Southie," would have installed sewers in the part of Paxton adjacent to Worcester.




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