is a town in Worcester County
-Demographics:In 1990 Worcester County had a population of 709,705.As of the census of 2000, there were 750,963 people, 283,927 households, and 192,502 families residing in the county. The population density was 496 people per square mile . There were 298,159 housing units at an average density...
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. It is bordered by Rhode Island and Connecticut to the south, New York to the west, and Vermont and New Hampshire to the north; at its east lies the Atlantic Ocean. As of the 2010...
, United States
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. The population was 16,188 at the 2010 census.
Auburn was first settled in 1789 and was officially incorporated in 1808 as the town of Ward, in honor of American Revolution
The American Revolution was the political upheaval during the last half of the 18th century in which thirteen colonies in North America joined together to break free from the British Empire, combining to become the United States of America...
General Artemas Ward
Artemas Ward was an American major general in the American Revolutionary War and a Congressman from Massachusetts...
. The town changed its name to Auburn in 1837, after the Post Office complained that the name was too similar to the nearby town of Ware
Ware is a town in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 9,707 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area.Part of the town comprises the census-designated place of Ware....
Before incorporation, most of Auburn was known as the South Parish of Worcester
Worcester is a city and the county seat of Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. Named after Worcester, England, as of the 2010 Census the city's population is 181,045, making it the second largest city in New England after Boston....
; other portions fell within the town limits of Leicester
Leicester is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 10,970 at the 2010 census.-History:Leicester was first settled in 1713 and was officially incorporated in 1714....
Millbury is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 13,261 at the 2010 census. The town is part of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.-History:...
Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket from his Aunt Eiffie's farm in Auburn on March 16, 1926. Goddard is commemorated in Goddard Memorial Park located downtown next to the Auburn Fire Department Headquarters.
In this park there is a model of Dr. Goddard's prototype liquid fueled rocket and a Polaris Ballistic Missile (Type A-1). Across the street at the Auburn High School stands a mini version of the prototype.
In addition, there is a small memorial commemorating the feat on the actual site where Goddard launched his rocket. (The memorial is located between the 1st and 9th holes on Pakachoag Golf Course.)
I-90 The 138 mile Massachusetts Turnpike
The Massachusetts Turnpike is the easternmost stretch of Interstate 90. The Turnpike begins at the western border of Massachusetts in West Stockbridge connecting with the Berkshire Connector portion of the New York State Thruway...
was commissioned in 1957 and is a part of the 3,099 mile long I-90, the longest Interstate in the country. Almost 5 miles of the this cuts west southwest to east northeast through Auburn and is six lanes wide (three each direction) through the town. The right of way is nominally about 300 feet wide. Auburn also contains Exit 10. The total land utilized in Auburn for the interstate is about 200 acres.
I-290 The first three miles of the 20 mile long northbound Interstate 290 is in Auburn along with exits 7(I-90), 8(Rt. 12), and 9(Swanson RD EB, Auburn St. WB).
I-395 Two miles of Interstate 395 are in Auburn.
Route 12 Five miles of Rt. 12 (Southbridge St.) traverses generally north/south through Auburn and its intersection with Auburn St. is named Drury Square.
US 20 Five miles of US 20 runs through Auburn. At 3,365 miles, US 20 is the longest road in the United States. In Auburn it is also known as Southbridge St. (concurrent section with RT 12), Washington St. and the SW Cutoff.
The 2009 Auburn, MA, population is 16,259. There are 1,065 people per square mile (population density).
Families in Auburn, MA
The median age is 40.8. The US median is 37.6. 61.86% of people in Auburn, MA, are married. 8.00% are divorced.
The average household size is 2.41 people. 22.71% of people are married, with children. 5.08% have children, but are single.
Races in Auburn, Massachusetts
97.21% of people are white, 0.81% are black or african american, 1.19% are asian, 0.10% are native american, and 1.00% are 'Other'.1.24% of the people in Auburn, MA, are of hispanic ethnicity (that means that 98.76% are non-hispanic).
Auburn has two elementary school "districts." Homes north and west of Route 12 (Southbridge Street) feed into Bryn Mawr School (grades K-2) and Julia Bancroft School (grades 3-5). The other half of town feeds into Mary D. Stone School (grades K-2) and Pakachoag School (grades 3-5). All Auburn public school students attend Auburn Middle School (grades 6-8). Some students attend Auburn High School (grades 9-12), while others are given the option to attend Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School
Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School is a secondary school located in Charlton, Massachusetts and sits on top of Old Mugget Hill. The school serves about 1100 students grades 9 to 12 and some Post-Grad students as well.-General:...
A new Auburn High School opened on Drury Square in the center of town directly next to the old high school in the fall of 2006, equipped with turfed fields, to include the football field (Memorial Field) all-purpose field, baseball field, and a grass softball field (Rebecca J. Colokaithis Field), as well three new tennis courts and a basketball court (Holstrom Corner).
In 2006; a group called "Save the '35" protested demolition of the oldest (1935) wing of the former high school. The old high school has now been completely demolished, except the dome on top of the high school, which is now located as a monument outside of right center field of the baseball field. A few of the bricks of the old building were sold within the town, and there are some located at the Auburn Historical Museum. In 1997, the Eastern Nazarene College
The Eastern Nazarene College is a private, coeducational college of the liberal arts and sciences in Quincy, Massachusetts near Boston, in the New England region of the United States. Known for its strong religious affiliation, distinctive liberal arts core curriculum, and excellence in science...
started a learning annex in Auburn.
Points of interest
- Goddard Rocket Launching Site
The Goddard Rocket Launching Site is a National Historic Landmark commemorating the launch site of the world's first successful liquid-fueled rocket. It is located at 20 Upland Street, Auburn, Massachusetts, within the Pakachoag Golf Course. The actual launch site is indicated with two markers...
- Auburn Public Schools
- Lemansky Park (aka Rocketland Park)
- Pakachoag Golf Course
- Auburn Historical Museum
- Paul Allaire
Paul Arthur Allaire is a businessman who served as CEO and Chairman of Xerox Corporation, and as a director on several other public companies.He was first hired by Xerox in 1966....
former CEO Xerox Corp. (1990-2001)
- Jacob Whitman Bailey
Jacob Whitman Bailey was an American naturalist, known as the pioneer in microscopic research in America. He was born in Auburn, Mass., and in 1832 graduated at West Point, where, after 1834, he was successively assistant professor, acting professor, and professor of chemistry, mineralogy, and...
, biologist, educator 1811-1857