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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

 

Photo courtesy of Richard B. Johnson

Warren

Warren is ranked as the 54th Best Community in Central Mass. 

On the western edge of Worcester County, Warren is one of the towns under consideration for a resort-style casino under the state’s new gaming laws. The town’s five villages remain a part of the community landscape, marked with historical markers.

The Quaboag River runs through the center of town, and Warren Pumps, which manufactured the flood control pumps for New Orleans, LA, continues a pump manufacturing tradition that began in the 1790s.

Warren ranks 9th for affordability and 18th for arts and culture, but its education rank is #60 and its economic condition ranking is #56.
 

Photo courtesy of Richard B. Johnson

Warren by the numbers

Established: 1742
Population: 5135
Median household income: $55,030
Median housing price:  $110,250

2012 Best Communities rankings
Overall ranking: 54
Affordability ranking: 9
Education ranking: 60
Economic condition ranking: 56
Safety ranking: 38
Arts & Culture ranking: 18

History in a nutshell:

Incorporated in 1741 under the name of Western, the town was renamed in 1834 to avoid confusion with the town of Weston. It was named in honor of General Joseph Warren who died fighting valiantly in the Battle of Bunker Hill during the American Revolution. Since its settlement, Warren has continued as a rural town.
 

Famous residents:  

Dennis C Haley, President of Suffolk University

Dr. Calvin Cutter, Surgeon and publisher of first school textbook in the field of hygiene

Nathan Richardson, Author, pianist 

 

Notable residents source: Wikipedia 
Additional reporting by Grace Fenton 

 

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