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Bolton #10 Central MA’s Best Communities

Friday, June 29, 2012



Home to the Bolton Fair, which is held in mid August every year, 10th ranked Bolton has stayed true to its agricultural heritage, with apple orchards and farm stands throughout town.  

The town remains a rural community, without public water or sewer.  Students attend elementary and middle school at the Florence Sawyer School, and high school at the Nashoba Regional High School, located in town.  

Bolton ranks 4th for both economic condition and arts and culture, and also ranks in the top ten for education (#7).  The town is 62nd for affordability and 40th for restaurants. 


Bolton by the numbers

Established: 1738
Population: 4,897
Median household income: $125,741
Median housing price: $454,525

2012 Best Communities rankings
Overall ranking: 10
Affordability ranking: 62
Education ranking: 7
Economic condition ranking: 4
Safety ranking: 20
Arts & Culture ranking: 4 
Restaurant ranking: 40

History in a nutshell:

Bolton's history is filled with numerous Native American conflicts with King Philip, or Metacom. These including Native American uprisings and one massacre, resulting in most of the homes guarded by flankers to protect against further attacks. Since its incorporation in 1738, the town has relied on agriculture as its primary industry.

Famous residents:  

Bill Ezinicki, NHL Stanley Cup winner
Hal Gill, NHL player
Philip J. Philbin, United States House of Representative
Wilbert Robinson, Baseball Hall of Fame inductee
William C Sullivan, Head of FBI

Famous residents source: Wikipedia
Additional reporting by Grace Fenton


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