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Upton MA

Upton is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 5,642 at the 2000 census.

For geographic and demographic information on the census-designated place Upton-West Upton, please see the article Upton-West Upton, Massachusetts.

 

History

Upton was originally the home of the Nipmuc who inhabited most of central Massachusetts. Upton was first settled in 1728 and was officially incorporated in 1735. Upton was home to a number of members of the Taft family including an American Revolutionary War soldier named Samuel Taft, who was born in Upton.[1]. Samuel Taft had 22 children and hosted President George Washington on his innaugural tour of New England in 1789.[2] Three term mayor of Worcester, historian, Judge Henry Chapin, was born here on May 13, 1811.[2] A hat factory was well known in Upton in the 1950 and 60′s.

 

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 21.7 square miles (56.3 km²), of which, 21.5 square miles (55.7 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (0.97%) is water.

 

Adjacent towns

Upton is located in eastern Massachusetts, bordered by:

 

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 5,642 people, 2,042 households, and 1,562 families residing in the town. The population density was 262.2 people per square mile (101.2/km²). There were 2,084 housing units at an average density of 96.9/sq mi (37.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.34% White, 0.48% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.97% Asian, 0.30% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population.

There were 2,042 households out of which 42.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.9% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.5% were non-families. 19.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the town the population was spread out with 29.1% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 35.0% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $78,595, and the median income for a family was $89,251. Males had a median income of $66,734 versus $39,224 for females. The per capita income for the town was $34,924. About 1.8% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.

 

Schools

There are three different schools in Upton. Memorial Elementary School and Nipmuc Regional High School are part of the public school system of Mendon-Upton Regional School District. Blackstone Valley Technicial Vocational School is a trade school open to the surrounding towns.

 

References

  1. ^ Mass., Uxbridge (1851). "Vital Records of Uxbridge, Massachusetts to the Year 1850. Thomas Williams Baldwin. pp. 409,. http://books.google.com/books?id=6lj7wmu0U2IC&dq=Samuel+Taft+of+Uxbridge&pg=PA235&ots=kbl8tM2at5&sig=MW5Zl5YQwXgYUawOVq1iwYpt-bU&prev=http://www.google.com/search%3Fhl%3Den%26q%3DSamuel%2BTaft%2Bof%2BUxbridge&sa=X&oi=print&ct=result&cd=2&cad=legacy#PPA321,M1. Retrieved 2007-10-27. 
  2. ^ a b Chapin, Judge Henry (1881). Address Delivered at the Unitarian Church in Uxbridge; 1864. Worcester, Mass.: Charles Hamilton Press (Harvard Library; from Google Books). 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

 

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