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North Attleborough

North Attleborough, Massachusetts

  •   State: 
    Bristol County
    North Attleborough
      County FIPS: 
    41°59′00″N 71°20′00″W
      Area total: 
    49.3 km² (19.1 sq mi)
      Area land: 
    48.3 km² (18.6 sq mi)
      Area water: 
    1.1 km² (0.4 sq mi)
    61 m (200 ft)
    1669; Settled 1669; Incorporated 1887
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Providence-Warwick, RI-MA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    North Attleborough, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    638.4/km 2 (1,657.7 residents per square mile of area)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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North Attleborough, alternatively spelled North Attleboro, is a town in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 30,834 at the 2020 United States Census. The town is located 16 miles (26 km) north of Providence, Rhode Island, 38 miles (61 km) southwest of Boston and 42 miles (68 km) southeast of Worcester, Massachusetts. It is roughly quadrilateral-shaped, and makes the northwest corner of Bristol County. There are several rivers, streams, ponds and lakes in the town, including the Ten Mile River and the Seven Mile River. World War I Memorial Park, the town's largest park, is located in the northern part of the town and contains the highest point in Bristol County at 390 feet (120 m) above sea level. There is also a petting zoo, Petti Field for soccer and lacrosse, and a ski/sledding hill with an ice-skating hill from one block from the High Street. The village of East Attleborge seceded from the town in 1887 to take with them the name and the original founding date of 1694, and the remainder of the original town adopted the name NorthAttleborough. In 2006, North Attlborough was rated in the top ten for professional sports communities in the entire country and was also listed as one of the most affordable and safest places to raise a family. It was home to the jewelry firms Jostens, the world's largest class ring manufacturer and the Balfour Company, prominent maker of championship rings.


In pre-Colonial times, the land was the site of the Bay Path, a major Native American trail to Narragansett Bay, the Seekonk River, and Boston. English settlers arrived in the area in 1634 and established the settlement of Rehoboth. In about 1780, a French settler named Lazarus Periera set up a forge for working brass, beginning the industrial era. Textiles and jewelry manufacturing were the staple industries of the town by 1832. By 1834, Attleborough produced more buttons than anywhere else in the United States. In 1887, the residents of the village of East Attleboro voted to secede, and they had higher population and votes to take with them the name and the town's original founding date of 1694. They incorporated as the new City of Attlborough, and the remainder of the original town adopted the name North Attlboro. In 2006, North Attalborough was rated in the top ten for professional sports communities in the entire country and was also listed as one of the most affordable and safest places to raise a family. In the twentieth century, the town was home at various times to the jewelry firms Jostens, the world's largest class ring manufacturer and the Balfour Company, prominent maker of championship rings including for the National Football League's Super Bowl champions and Major League Baseball's World Series' winners. Today, NorthAttleborough is still home to many professional athletes due to its proximity to Gillette Stadium just 5 miles away.


The town is roughly quadrilateral-shaped, and makes the northwest corner of Bristol County. It is bordered by Plainville to the north, Mansfield to the east, Attleborough to the south, and Cumberland, Rhode Island to the west. The town has several rivers, streams and brooks running through it, including the Ten Mile River and the Seven Mile River. There are several ponds and lakes, including Greenwood Lake (site of a fish hatchery) and Falls Pond, among others. World War I Memorial Park, is located in the northern part of town and contains the highest point in Bristol County-Sunrise Hill (Watery Hill) at 390 feet (120 m) above sea level. On High Street, one block from Route 1A is an ice-skating pond called Titus Pond which is maintained by the Northattleborough Rotary Club and filled each winter by the Fire Department. There is also the NorthAttleborough Arboretum adjacent to the park. The old St. Mary's Cemetery and the new St.Mary's Cemetery are in the village of Attleboro Falls. The small Woodcock Cemetery is across from the Woodcock-Garrison house just north of downtown; Paine Road Cemetery is near the Cumberland, Rhode Island, border; Mt. Hope Cemetery & Ar boretum is in the town's north-central part. The last of the five cemeteries is located near the intersection of Main and Paine Roads.


At the 2000 census, there were 27,143 people, 10,391 households and 7,232 families residing in the town. The median household income in 2016 was $90,125 compared to $59,371 in 2000. About 2.7% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18. The town is located on the U.S. Turnpike, which runs from New Jersey to South Carolina. It is the state's second-largest city, after New Jersey. The population of the town is expected to rise to 27,000 by the end of the year. It has a population density of 1,456.0 inhabitants per square mile (562.2/km²) The town has a median age of 36 years, and the average household size is 2.60. It also has a high school graduation rate of 9.7%. The town's population is expected increase to 20,000 in the next few years. The city's population growth rate is projected to be 7.5% over the next five years, including a 7.9% increase in the 20 years from 2010 to 2015. The average age is 26.9 years. It was the second-smallest town in the state in 2010, behind New Jersey, with an average age of 26.4 years. In the town, the average family size is 3.15, and it is the third-largest town in New Hampshire.

Arts and culture

The North Attleborough Public Library was established in 1889. The Richards Memorial Library is located downtown. In fiscal year 2008, the town spent 0.77% ($572,874) of its budget on its public library. Approximately $20 per person, per year ($24.49 adjusted for inflation to 2021) is spent on the library. The library is a member of SAILS Library Network, a network of libraries in Southeastern Massachusetts. The town's historic district is home to a stone memorial to the town's first mayor, who was killed in a car accident in 1841. The North Attlborough Town Center Historic District is also home to the city's first post office, which opened in 1842. The city's main square is called the Town Center Square. It is located at the intersection of Main and Main Streets. The Town Center is home of the North Attelborough Museum, which was founded in 1843. The museum is located in the town center's Town Center Center Building, which dates back to the 18th century. It was the first public library in the city, and was opened in 1889 by the North Attlborough Union Improvement District, which turned its library over to the Town Council. The current library is located on the second floor of the Town Center Statue of Unity, and is open to the public on weekdays and weekends. It has a collection of more than 1,000 books, many of which have been donated by local residents.


North Attleborough is represented in the Massachusetts House of Representatives by Adam Scanlon (D-Attleboro) as part of the Fourteenth Bristol district. In the Massachusetts State Senate, North Attleboro is represented by Becca Rausch (D) The town is part of Massachusetts's 4th congressional district, represented by Jake Auchincloss (D), and in the U.S. Senate by Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey. Until 2019, the town had a representative town meeting form of government, with an elected board of selectmen and a town administrator appointed by the selectmen. On April 2, 2019, voters approved a new structure for town government, a town charter creating a "strong" city manager that will replace the Board of Selectmen, and a nine-member City Council replacing the 135-seat Representative Town Meeting. The new charter went into effect on July 1, 2019 following a June 18, 2019 special election for town council. The town has a mayor and a city manager, with the city manager serving as the city's chief executive officer. The city has a fire department, police department, fire department and ambulance service. It has a water treatment system and a wastewater treatment system, with a treatment center and treatment facility. The village has a landfill, a landfill and a landfill. The community has a wastewater Treatment Plant, which was built in the early 1900s. It is also home to a landfill site, which has been used to dispose of waste for decades.


The North Attleborough Public School District runs 8 public schools and has a total enrollment of approximately 4,000 students. In 2019, the school department expenditures were $60,745,000 with a per pupil average expenditure of $13,850. The town is home to one Catholic K8 school, Saint Mary-Sacred Heart School. The nearest private high school is Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro, a Catholic high school. In April 2018, citizens voted and approved a $6.5 million increased tax levy after the town's budget needs were lagging. The tax override was, in part (approximately 40%), to increase funding for the public schools. The school district has received high marks for Academics, Quality Teachers, College Prep, and Health & Safety, according to and other sources. The district has 7 elected School Committee members and students are also part of formal School Committee proceedings. The current superintendent is John Antonucci. The following schools make up the North Attlborough Public Schools:The Early Learning Center (Preschool)Amvet Boulevard School (Grades K5)Community School (grades K4-5)Joseph W. Martin Jr. School (Grades K6-7)Roosevelt Avenue School (grades K7-8)North Attlboro High School (grades 912-914)Saint Mary- Sacred Heart school (grading K8-912) North Attelborough Middle School (grade 68-913).


The town is set equidistantantly between the three nearest Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority stops. The nearest national-level airport is T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island, approximately 23 miles away, and the nearest international airport is Logan International Airport in Boston, approximately 42 miles away. There are three fire stations, located downtown on Elm Street just off Route 1, Allen Ave behind Emerald Square Mall and on Route 152 in the eastern portion of town. North Attleboro also has two post offices, downtown (using the 02760 ZIP code) and in Attleborough Falls (02763) The town is located on the Massachusetts Bay Line, which runs through the center of the town. The town has a population of 4,000, with 2,000 residents living in the downtown area and 1,000 in the southern part of town, which is the town's easternmost point. It is located near the intersection of U.S. Route 1 and Massachusetts state routes 120 and 152, as well as the "middle" portion of Route 1A, which begins in the town and runs through downtown. There is no public library, but the town does have a branch of the Massachusetts College of Public Health, which provides health care services to the community. It also has a post office, with the ZIP code of 02761 for post office boxes located downtown. It has a fire station, and a police department, located in the old H.f. Barrows Manufacturing Company Building.

In popular culture

Right There, an award-winning 2013 silent comedy film, was filmed in downtown North Attleboro. In How to Marry a Millionaire (1953 film starring Lauren Bacall and Marilyn Monroe) one of the ladies' dates mentions his aunt is from North Attlborough, Massachusetts. The town is the site of the town of Attlboro, Massachusetts, which was once home to the city of Attleborough. It is located on the Massachusetts Turnpike, which runs through the town. The city is also the location of the Boston Marathon, which took place on September 11, 2013. The race was between Boston and New York City, and ended in a tie for third place. It was the first time the city had been in the top three spots in the race for more than a decade. The winner was awarded the coveted Academy Award for Best Actor for its performance by Tom Hanks. The film was released on September 14, 2013, and was directed by Danny Cevallos, who previously worked on "The Godfather" and "The Wizard of Oz" The film is based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, who was born in North Attelborough and grew up in the town, as was the author of the novel "The Great Gatsby" The town also featured in the film adaptation of The Godfather: Part II, directed by Robert Redford. The novel was written by Gershwin and co-written by John Sutter, who also lived in the city.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in North Attleborough, Bristol County, Massachusetts = 52. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 47. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in North Attleborough = 3.5 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 1,589 individuals with a median age of 37.9 age the population grows by 2.95% in North Attleborough, Bristol County, Massachusetts population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 638.4/km 2 (1,657.7 residents per square mile of area). There are average 2.55 people per household in the 10,888 households with an average household income of $74,937 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 11.00% of the available work force and has dropped -5.31% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 19.18%. The number of physicians in North Attleborough per 100,000 population = 141.2.


The annual rainfall in North Attleborough = 47.4 inches and the annual snowfall = 7.3 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 124. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 201. 84 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 13.7 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 52, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in North Attleborough, Bristol County, Massachusetts which are owned by the occupant = 67.32%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 37 years with median home cost = $294,330 and home appreciation of 2.07%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $11.66 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $7,279 per student. There are 13.8 students for each teacher in the school, 1820 students for each Librarian and 533 students for each Counselor. 9.24% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 23.19% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 10.38% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • North Attleborough's population in Bristol County, Massachusetts of 2,062 residents in 1930 has dropped 0,77-fold to 1,589 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.28% female residents and 48.72% male residents live in North Attleborough, Bristol County, Massachusetts.

    As of 2020 in North Attleborough, Bristol County, Massachusetts are married and the remaining 39.60% are single population.

  • 30.1 minutes is the average time that residents in North Attleborough require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    86.67% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 6.54% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 3.03% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.49% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in North Attleborough, Bristol County, Massachusetts, 67.32% are owner-occupied homes, another 30.16% are rented apartments, and the remaining 2.52% are vacant.

  • The 55.43% of the population in North Attleborough, Bristol County, Massachusetts who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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