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Encyclopedia > Southbridge, Massachusetts
Southbridge, Massachusetts
Location in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°04′30″N, 72°02′02″W
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Worcester County
Settled 1730
Incorporated 1816
Government
 - Type Manager-Town Council
 - Town Manager Clayton Carlisle
 - Town Council Dale F. Ferron
David S. Langevin
Darleen M. Marcucci
Laurent E. McDonald
Ronald J. Chernisky
Steven S. Lazo
Catherine E. Nikolla
Robert F. King
David A. Livengood
Area
 - City  20.9 sq mi (54.0 km²)
 - Land  20.4 sq mi (52.7 km²)
 - Water  0.5 sq mi (1.3 km²)
Elevation  489 ft (149 m)
Population (2000)
 - City 17,214
 - Density 845.4/sq mi (326.4/km²)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 01550
Area code(s) 508 / 774
Website: http://www.ci.southbridge.ma.us/

The Town of Southbridge is a city[1] in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 17,214, at the 2000 census. Image File history File links Southbridge_ma_highlight. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... Worcester County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... Council-manager government - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... 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 (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... Basic Definition In geography, the elevation of a geographic location is its height above mean sea level (or some other fixed point). ... 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 or meter (see spelling differences) is a measure of length. ... 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... Mr. ... 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. ... Worcester County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ...


For geographic and demographic information on the census-designated place Southbridge, please see the article Southbridge (CDP), Massachusetts. A census-designated place (CDP) is an area identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical reporting. ... Southbridge is a census-designated place (CDP) located in the city of Southbridge in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ...

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History

Southbridge was first settled in 1730 and incorporated in 1816. As early as 1638,John Winthrop Jr. purchased a tract of land for mining ore. Water power from the Quinebaug River made Southbridge a good location for saw and grist mills in the 1700s and textile mills in the 1800s. People that were unskilled came to work there usually from Irish, French Canadian, Italian and Polish descent. Southbridge has a long history of manufacture of optical products. Under the leadership of the Wells family, The American Optical Company ("AO") became the world's largest manufacturer of ophthalmic products and at its height employed more than 6,000 people around the world.


Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 54.0 km² (20.9 mi²). 52.7 km² (20.4 mi²) of it is land and 1.3 km² (0.5 mi²) of it (2.40%) 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. ...


The principal road in Southbridge is Route 131, known as Main Street through downtown and East Main Street past the "AO Rotary" and through Sandersdale, a village on the town's east side. North-south roads include Eastford Road and Elm Street (Route 198), and Worcester Street-Mechanic Street-North Woodstock Road (Route 169. Route 131, the extension of Connecticut Route 131 into Massachusetts, forms parts of Main Street and is the major east-west thoroughfare in Sturbridge and Southbridge, Massachusetts. ... Route 198 is the extension of Route 198 from Connecticut into Massachusetts. ... Route 169 is the extension of Connecticut Route 169 into Massachusetts. ...


Southbridge was formed out of portions of two of its neighboring towns: Sturbridge to the west and Dudley to the east. Other neighboring towns are Charlton to the north, and Woodstock, Connecticut, to the south. Sturbridge is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Dudley is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Charlton is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Woodstock is a town located in Windham County, Connecticut. ...


Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 17,214 people, 7,077 households, and 4,522 families residing in the city. The population density was 326.4/km² (845.4/mi²). There were 7,511 housing units at an average density of 142.4/km² (368.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.23% White, 1.43% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 1.52% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 8.70% from other races, and 2.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.17% 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. ... 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. ... 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 7,077 households out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.1% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.98. This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.2 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $33,913, and the median income for a family was $41,863. Males had a median income of $36,008 versus $25,685 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,514. About 13.0% of families and 15.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.8% of those under age 18 and 10.2% 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. ...


Government

County government: Worcester County
Clerk of Courts: Dennis P. McManus (D)
County Treasurer: Position Eliminated
District Attorney: Joseph D. Early, Jr. (D)
Registrar of Deeds: Anthony J. Vigliotti (D)
Registrar of Probate: Stephen Abraham (D)
Sheriff: Guy W. Glodis (D)
State government
Representative(s) in General Court: Geraldo Alicea (D)
Senator(s) in General Court: Richard T. Moore (D)
Governor's Councilor(s): Thomas J. Foley (D)
Federal government
Member(s) of the U.S. House of Representatives: Richard E. Neal (D-2nd District),
U.S. Senators: Edward Kennedy (D)
John Kerry (D)

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Education

Southbridge has three public elementary schools, formerly "neighborhood schools" serving grades K-5. Since the 1988-1989 school year, however, all kindergarten and 1st grade classes have been at Eastford Road School; all of grades 2-3 at Charlton Street School; and all of grades 4-5 at West Street School. Grades 6-8 are at Mary E. Wells Junior High School, the former high school building. Grades 9-12 are at Southbridge High School, which includes the old Cole Trade School building. Southbridge residents can also attend Bay Path Vocational Technical High School in Charlton, MA.


In addition to the public schools, a parochial private school, Trinity Catholic Academy, serves the elementary grades. Trinity Catholic Academy is a private catholic school located on the grounds of St. ...


Points of interest

  • The Southbridge Conference Center, A combination hotel and office complex built behind the Historical American Optical Building.

Notable residents

  • Félix Gatineau

Félix Gatineau (November 12, 1857 - December 21, 1927) was a French-Canadian statesman and historian in his adopted hometown of Southbridge, Massachusetts. ...

References

  1. ^ Although it is called the "Town of Southbridge," it is a statutory city of Massachusetts. See Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

External links


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