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Bellingham, Massachusetts

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Bellingham is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 15,314.

For geographic and demographic information on the census-designated place Bellingham, please see the article Bellingham (CDP), Massachusetts.

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History

Bellingham was first settled in 1713 and was officially incorporated in 1719.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 49.2 km² (19.0 mi²). 47.9 km² (18.5 mi²) of it is land and 1.3 km² (0.5 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 2.58% water.

Bellingham is located in southeastern Massachusetts, bordered by Franklin and Wrentham on the east; Woonsocket, Rhode Island, on the south; Blackstone, Mendon, and Hopedale on the west; and Milford and Medway on the north. Bellingham is 25 miles southeast of Worcester; 30 miles southwest of Boston; 27 miles north of Providence, Rhode Island; and 185 miles from New York City.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 15,314 people, 5,557 households, and 4,284 families residing in the town. The population density is 319.6/km² (827.8/mi²). There are 5,642 housing units at an average density of 117.8/km² (305.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 96.93% White, 0.91% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.86% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. 1.20% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 5,557 households out of which 37.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.6% are married couples living together, 8.9% have a female householder with no husband present, and 22.9% are non-families. 18.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.75 and the average family size is 3.15.

In the town the population is spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 34.6% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 96.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 94.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $64,496, and the median income for a family is $72,074. Males have a median income of $48,533 versus $33,476 for females. The per capita income for the town is $25,047. 2.5% of the population and 1.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 2.5% of those under the age of 18 and 6.0% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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