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Encyclopedia > Sharon, Massachusetts
Sharon, Massachusetts

Seal
Motto: A nice place to live, because it’s naturally beautiful.
Location in Norfolk County in Massachusetts
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Norfolk County
Settled 1650
Incorporated 1775
Government
 - Type Open town meeting
 - Town Manager Benjamin E. Puritz
 - Board of
   Selectmen
Walter "Joe" Roach
Richard Powell
William A. Heitin
Area
 - Town  24.2 sq mi (62.6 km²)
 - Land  23.3 sq mi (60.4 km²)
 - Water  0.9 sq mi (2.2 km²)
Population (2000)
 - Town 17,408
 - Density 258.6/sq mi (99.8/km²)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 02067
Area code(s) 339 / 781
Website: http://www.townofsharon.net/
Statue of Deborah Sampson outside the Sharon public library
Statue of Deborah Sampson outside the Sharon public library

Sharon is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 17,408 at the 2000 census. For geographic and demographic information on the census-designated place Sharon, please see the article Sharon (CDP), Massachusetts. Image File history File links Sharon_MA_townseal. ... A motto (from Italian) is a phrase or a short list of words meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. ... Image File history File links Sharon_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. ... Council-manager government - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... 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. ... 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. ... Metronome, a public art installation showing the time in New York City The Eastern Time Zone (ET) of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of Northern America and the west coast of South America. ... -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 339 is an overlay of parts of area code 781. ... Under the North American Numbering Plan for telephone area codes, area code 781 covers suburban Boston, Massachusetts. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1932 × 2576 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1932 × 2576 pixel, file size: 1. ... Deborah Sampson Gannett (December 17, 1760 - April 29, 1827) was the first known American woman to impersonate a man in order to join the army and take part in combat. ... Norfolk County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... A census-designated place (CDP) is an area identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical reporting. ... Sharon is a census-designated place (CDP) located in the town of Sharon in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ...

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History

Sharon, first settled by the British in 1637, was deemed the 2nd Precinct of Stoughton in 1740. It was established as the district of Stoughtonham on June 21, 1765, incorporated as the Town of Stoughtonham on August 23, 1775 and named Sharon on February 25, 1783. Part of Stoughtonham went to the new town of Foxborough on June 10, 1778. During the American Revolution the townspeople of Sharon made cannonballs for the Continental Army. Events February 3 - Tulipmania collapses in Netherlands by government order February 15 - Ferdinand III becomes Holy Roman Emperor December 17 - Shimabara Rebellion erupts in Japan Pierre de Fermat makes a marginal claim to have proof of what would become known as Fermats last theorem. ... Events May 31 - Friedrich II comes to power in Prussia upon the death of his father, Friedrich Wilhelm I. October 20 - Maria Theresia of Austria inherits the Habsburg hereditary dominions (Austria, Bohemia, Hungary and present-day Belgium). ... Foxborough (or Foxboro) is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, approximately 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Boston and 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Providence, Rhode Island. ... John Trumbulls Declaration of Independence, showing the five-man committee in charge of drafting the Declaration in 1776 as it presents its work to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia The American Revolution refers to the period during the last half of the 18th century in which the Thirteen... Illustration depicting uniforms and weapons used during the 1779 to 1783 period of the American Revolution by showing four soldiers standing in an informal group General George Washington, was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army on June 15, 1775. ...


In front of the Sharon Public Library stands a statue of Deborah Sampson, Sharon's town heroine. Deborah Sampson disguised herself as a man to fight in the Revolutionary War. Deborah Sampson married Benjamin Gannett, a farmer, after she fought in the war and lived in Sharon until the end of her life, where she is buried in the local Rockridge Cemetery. Deborah Sampson Gannett (December 17, 1760 - April 29, 1827) was the first known American woman to impersonate a man in order to join the army and take part in combat. ...


The Unitarian Church in Sharon Center has a church bell manufactured by Paul Revere. For the song by the Beastie Boys, see Paul Revere (song). ...


Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 62.6 km² (24.2 mi²). 60.4 km² (23.3 mi²) of it is land and 2.2 km² (0.9 mi²) of it (3.56%) is water. This includes Lake Massapoag, which is one of the town's most prominent features. Massapoag is a popular recreational site for swimming and boating. These characteristics were largely responsible for the town's early development as a summer resort location. 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. ...


Adjacent towns

Sharon is located in Eastern Massachusetts, bordered by these neighboring towns:

Canton is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Norwood is a town and census-designated place in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA. As of the 2000 census, the population was 28,587. ... Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Norfolk County Settled 1659 Incorporated 1724 Government  - Type Representative town meeting Area  - Town  21. ... Foxborough (or Foxboro) is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, 20 miles (32 kilometers) southwest of Boston. ... Stoughton (Official Name: Town of Stoughton) is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. ...   Settled: 1694 â€“ Incorporated: 1725 Zip Code(s): 02356 â€“ Area Code(s): 508 / 774 Official website: http://www. ... Mansfield is a town in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States. ...

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 17,408 people, 5,934 households, and 4,931 families residing in the town. The population density was 288.3/km² (747.0/mi²). There were 6,026 housing units at an average density of 99.8/km² (258.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.95% White, 3.39% African American, 0.13% Native American, 4.86% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.11% 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. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... 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 5,934 households out of which 45.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.8% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.9% were non-families. 14.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.25. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the town the population was spread out with 30.2% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.3 males.


The median income for a household in the town was $89,256, and the median income for a family was $99,015. Males had a median income of $70,563 versus $46,774 for females. The per capita income for the town was $41,323. About 2.1% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 7.8% 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. ...


Government

Education

The Sharon Public Schools system has five schools in total. Grades K-5 attend one of the three elementary schools: East, Cottage, or Heights. Grades 6-8 attend Sharon Middle School, and grades 9-12 attend Sharon High School. The Sharon High School team is the Eagles, and its colors are maroon and gold. The school system is noted for its outstanding academic performance and learning curriculum.


Places of worship

Sharon is home to 18 houses of worship, including 9 Christian churches, 7 Jewish synagogues, 1 Islamic mosque and 1 Jehovah's Witness center. These include:

  • Muslim
    • Islamic Center of New England

See also

Sharon is a census-designated place (CDP) located in the town of Sharon in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ...

References

External links

Coordinates: 42°07′25″N, 71°10′43″W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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