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Holden #7: Central MA’s Best Communities

Friday, June 29, 2012



Once an active farming community, #7 ranked Holden has developed into a small town that serves as a bedroom community for the city of Worcester. Residents enjoy many community services including a town beach and pool, community center and library.

One farm in town has been converted to a nonprofit organization, and The Friends of the Red Barn host numerous community events on the property.

Holden earned two top ten rankings: safety (#3) and education (#8).  The town's lowest rank is for affordability, where it is still above the median at #33.

Holden by the numbers

Established: 1741
Population: 17,346
Median household income: $88,405
Median housing price: $236,000

2012 Best Communities rankings
Overall ranking: 7
Affordability ranking: 33
Education ranking: 8
Economic condition ranking: 20
Safety ranking: 3
Arts & Culture ranking: 11
Restaurant ranking: 22

History in a nutshell:

Incorporated in 1741, the town has remained in touch with its agricultural roots. In 1951 Holden became the first town in the Commonwealth to adopt the Selectmen - Town Manager form of government.

Famous residents:  


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