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Lunenburg #20: Central MA’s Best Communities

Thursday, June 28, 2012



Incorporated in 1728, 20th ranked Lunenburg is a town in Worcester County that occupies approximately 26.4 square miles. Its name stems from one of the titles of King George II of Great Britain, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg.

Areas of neighboring town Fitchburg were once part of Lunenburg until people became bothered by the long walk to church and town meetings. Residents enjoy Lunenburg's golf courses, orchards and restaurants.  

Lunenburg ranks 13th for arts and culture, and 18th for education.  The town's ranking is pulled down by its #50 rank for safety and its #34 ranking for affordability.  

Lunenburg by the numbers

Established: 1728
Population: 10,086
Median household income: $86,568
Median housing price: $235,000

2012 Best Communities rankings
Overall ranking: 20 
Affordability ranking: 34
Education ranking: 18
Economic condition ranking: 25
Safety ranking: 50
Arts & Culture ranking: 13
Restaurant ranking: 20

History in a nutshell:

Settled in 1718 and incorporated 10 years later, Lunenburg was originally part of the city of Fitchburg but, because the town meetings and church services were too far away, Lunenburg became a separate identity. The town was once home to the amusement park, Whalom Park and the iconic Flyer Comet, which closed in 2000. 

Famous residents:  

Roy B. Hall, Nobel Laureate
David Pelletier, Figure Skater
Asahel Stearns, Congressman
Earle Brown, Composer
William Austin, Author

Notable residents source: Wikipedia
Additional reporting by Grace Fenton


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