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Templeton #46: Central MA’s Best Communities

Tuesday, June 26, 2012



46th ranked Templeton is home to the Narragansett Regional High School, which educates the students of Templeton and Phillipston.  The high school has a 1.5 megawatt wind turbine that is a joint venture between the town’s light department and the school district. In operation since 2010, the windmill generates approximately 5 percent of the town’s energy needs.

The Otter River State Forest, which is maintained by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation is located in the village of Baldwinville. The popular area includes 85 campsites, a swimming area, picnic area and a ball field.

Templeton is 5th in terms of affordability, but all of its other rankings are below the median.  It ranks 61st in safety, 59th for restaurants and 57th for education.  

Templeton's town common. Photo courtesy of John Phelan

Templeton by the numbers

Established: 1762
Population: 8013
Median household income: $66,138
Median housing price: $131,650

2012 Best Communities rankings
Overall ranking: 46
Affordability ranking: 5
Education ranking: 57
Economic condition ranking: 45
Safety ranking: 61
Arts & Culture ranking: 47
Restaurant ranking: 59

History in a nutshell:

Settled in 1751 and incorporated in 1762, the town of Templeton is rural, marked by the Otter River State Forest. Operated by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the state forest on Beamon Pond includes 85 campsites, a swimming beach and recreational activities.

Famous residents:  

Sarah Goodride, Painter

Notable residents source: Wikipedia 
Additional reporting by Grace Fenton


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