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Encyclopedia > Avon, Massachusetts
Avon, Massachusetts
Location in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°07′50″N 71°02′30″W / 42.13056, -71.04167
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Norfolk County
Settled 1700
Incorporated 1888
Government
 - Type Open town meeting
Area
 - Town  4.6 sq mi (11.8 km²)
 - Land  4.4 sq mi (11.3 km²)
 - Water  0.2 sq mi (0.5 km²)
Elevation  219 ft (67 m)
Population (2000)
 - Town 4,443
 - Density 1,014.7/sq mi (391.8/km²)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 02322
Area code(s) 508 / 774
Website: http://www.avonmass.net/

Avon is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 4,443 at the 2000 census. Image File history File links Avon_ma_highlight. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Norfolk County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... An Open Town Meeting is a form of municipal legislature, typical in the New England region of the United States. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... The system of local government in use in New England is very different from that found throughout the rest of the United States. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... ‹ The template below (Unit of length) is being considered for deletion. ... The system of local government in use in New England is very different from that found throughout the rest of the United States. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... The Eastern Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Though DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... The Eastern Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Area code 508 was split from area code 617 on July 16, 1988. ... Area code 774 is an overlay of parts of area code 508. ... Norfolk County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ...

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History

Avon was first settled in 1700. It was originally known as East Stoughton, and was a part of Stoughton upon the founding of that town. However, many people in East Stoughton did not approve of how the section of town was treated, and voted to separately form their own town. Avon, which was named for the Avon River in England, was officially incorporated in 1888. The town's seal includes a bust of William Shakespeare, who was from Stratford-upon-Avon, England. (The city of Brockton had originally considered the name for itself as well.) Events January 1 - Russia accepts Julian calendar. ... Stoughton (Official Name: Town of Stoughton) is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. ... For the toll-free telephone number see Toll-free telephone number Year 1888 (MDCCCLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Friday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Nickname: Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Plymouth County Settled 1700 Incorporated 1821 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor James E. Harrington (D) Area  - City  21. ...


Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 11.8 km² (4.6 mi²). 11.3 km² (4.4 mi²) of it is land and 0.5 km² (0.2 mi²) of it (4.16%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 4,443 people, 1,705 households, and 1,220 families residing in the town. The population density was 391.7/km² (1,014.7/mi²). There were 1,740 housing units at an average density of 153.4/km² (397.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.45% White, 3.74% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.92% Asian, 0.77% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.44% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 1,705 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.4% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.13. “Matrimony” redirects here. ...


In the town the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.0 males.


The median income for a household in the town was $50,305, and the median income for a family was $60,625. Males had a median income of $41,582 versus $32,837 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,410. About 4.3% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.5% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Points of interest

DeMarco Park, Shooters Pub and Big Jim's Liquor store. Samuel Robbins House, Jordan's Furniture, Ikea, Blanchard's Tavern, st michaels church, scofields bar and pizzeria, the bridge by the library, crowly fields, and the avon bush. There is also 5 Dunkin Donuts, a Wal-Mart, A Home Depot, and a Costco. Avon Municipal Parking Lot and Hippie Hill.


Notable residents

Michael Carey, Senior Advisor to Vice President and Tipper Gore, 1999-2000


Michael Mottau, Hobey Baker Award Winner, Boston College 2001


Alex Hutchinson, Award winning poet and novelist


Vanilla Thunder


References

External links

  • Avon Municipal Web Site

  Results from FactBites:
 
Avon Massachusetts, 1890 (611 words)
The surface is pleasantly diversified by hill and valley, and drained by affluents of Taunton River.
Avon's proportion of the aggregate value of manufactured goods in Stoughton (of which at the last census it formed a part) is about $375,000, — estimated on the basis of assessed persons and valuation on May 1, 1888.
Avon embraces the easterly section of the former, from which it was set off and incorporated February 21, 1888.
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