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Ashland, Massachusetts

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Ashland, Massachusetts is a town located in the MetroWest region of Middlesex County, Massachusetts. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 14,674.

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History

Ashland was first settled in 1750 and was officially incorporated in 1846. It was carved out of sections of Framingham, Hopkinton, and Holliston.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 33.5 km² (12.9 mi²). 32.2 km² (12.4 mi²) of it is land and 1.2 km² (0.5 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 3.72% water.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 14,674 people, 5,720 households, and 4,021 families residing in the town. The population density is 455.4/km² (1,179.3/mi²). There are 5,794 housing units at an average density of 179.8/km² (465.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 91.88% White, 1.79% African American, 0.10% Native American, 2.47% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.67% from other races, and 2.06% from two or more races. 2.92% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 5,720 households out of which 35.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.2% are married couples living together, 8.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% are non-families. 22.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.56 and the average family size is 3.04.

In the town the population is spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 35.5% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 91.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $68,392, and the median income for a family is $77,611. Males have a median income of $51,869 versus $38,226 for females. The per capita income for the town is $31,641. 2.0% of the population and 0.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 2.2% of those under the age of 18 and 4.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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