Holden, Massachusetts
Holden Center
Holden Center
Flag of Holden, Massachusetts
Official seal of Holden, Massachusetts
Location in Worcester County and the state of Massachusetts.
Location in Worcester County and the state of Massachusetts.
Coordinates: 42°21′06″N 71°51′50″W / 42.35167°N 71.86389°W / 42.35167; -71.86389
CountryUnited States
StateMassachusetts
CountyWorcester
Settled1723
Incorporated1741
Government
 • TypeOpen town meeting
 • Town
   Manager
Peter Lukes[1]
 • Board of
   Selectmen
Stephanie Mulroy
Richard Bates
Anthony M. Renzoni
Geraldine A. Herlihy
Thomas Curran[2]
Area
 • Total36.2 sq mi (93.8 km2)
 • Land35.0 sq mi (90.6 km2)
 • Water1.2 sq mi (3.2 km2)
Elevation
860 ft (262 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total19,905
 • Density550/sq mi (210/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
01520 & 01522
Area code508 / 774
FIPS code25-30560
GNIS feature ID0618365
Websitewww.holdenma.gov//

Holden is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The town was founded in 1741, and the Town Square (Center, Common) was donated by John Hancock, former Governor of Massachusetts. The population was 19,905 at the 2020 census.[3]

History

Holden was named for Samuel Holden, a director of the Bank of England.[4]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.2 square miles (94 km2), of which 35.0 square miles (91 km2) is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), or 3.40%, is water. The landscape is compiled of hills and rivers, including the Quinapoxet.

Holden is bounded on the west by Rutland, on the northwest by Princeton, on the east by Sterling and West Boylston, on the southeast by Worcester, and on the southwest by Paxton.

Demographics

Entering Holden eastbound on Route 122A

As of the census[16] of 2020, there were 19,905 people, 7,251 households, and 5,457 families residing in the town. The population density was 568.7 inhabitants per square mile (219.6/km2). There were 7,439 housing units at an average density of 212.5 per square mile (82.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 87.71% White, 2.09% African American, 0.15% Native American, 3.49% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.36% from other races, and 5.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.17% of the population.

There were 7,251 households, out of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.4% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a male householder with no spouse present, 21.1% had a female householder with no spouse present, and 24.7% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 24.0% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 22.4% from 25 to 44, 28.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $111,960, and the median income for a family was $131,744. Males had a median income of $77,926 versus $48,578 for females. The per capita income for the town was $49,245. About 2.9% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.7% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.

Government

State government
State Representative(s): Kimberly Ferguson (R)
State Senator(s): Robyn Kennedy (D-1st Worcester district)
Governor's Councilor(s): Paul DePalo (D)
Federal government
U.S. Representative(s): James P. McGovern (D-2nd District)
U.S. Senators: Elizabeth Warren (D), Ed Markey (D)
Holden public library, 1891

Education

Schools

Holden is part of the five-town Wachusett Regional School District that includes the neighboring towns of Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, and Sterling. The towns share the newly renovated Wachusett Regional High School. Wachusett was the first regional school district in Massachusetts.

Holden has three elementary schools: Davis Hill Elementary, Dr. Leroy E. Mayo Elementary, and Dawson Elementary. The town is served by Mountview Middle School for grades 6–8 which was newly built in 2016. High school students may choose to attend Wachusett Regional High School in Holden or Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School ("Monty Tech") in Fitchburg.

Holden also serves as the hometown for Holden Christian Academy, a PS–8 private Christian school.

Library

The Holden public library first opened in 1888.[17][18] In fiscal year 2008, the town of Holden spent 1.99% ($679,756) of its budget on its public library—approximately $40 per person, per year.[19]

Points of interest

Notable people

References

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  18. ^ http://www.townofholden.net/Pages/HoldenMA_Library/hist Archived 2011-05-06 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2010-11-08
  19. ^ July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008; cf. The FY2008 Municipal Pie: What's Your Share? Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Board of Library Commissioners. Boston: 2009. Available: Municipal Pie Reports. Retrieved 2010-08-04