Date of Incorporation: 1732

Form of Government: Open Town Meeting

County:  Worcester

42.51° north, 71.58° west
32 miles northwest of Boston, 22 miles northeast of Worcester

Land Area: 26.4 square miles

Water Area: 0.6 square miles

Highest Elevation: 608 feet above sea level, on Oak Hill at the Harvard College Observatory

Abutting Towns: Ayer, Bolton, Boxborough, Lancaster, Littleton, Shirley, Stow

Population: 5,745 as of January 2013

Registered Voters: 4,111 as of September 2013 (3,994 active)

Households: approximately 2,000 as of January 2013

Property Tax Rate: $18.05 per $1,000 assessment in fiscal 2016

Public Schools:
Hildreth Elementary School (456 students in kindergarten through grade 5 as of September 2013)
The Bromfield School (713 students in grades 6 through 12 as of September 2013)
Francis W. Parker Charter School (400 students in grades 7 through 12)

Nearest Hospitals: 
Nashoba Valley Medical Center
, Ayer
Emerson Hospital, Concord

Nearest District Court: Clinton

Nearest Registry of Motor Vehicles: Fitchburg or Marlborough

Travel Time to Boston: approximately one hour by car, by bus from Ayer, or by train from Ayer, Littleton, or South Acton

National Historical Districts: Harvard Center Historic District, Harvard Shaker Village Historic District, Fruitlands Museums Historic District

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