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Law and government

Worcester County. like other Counties in Massachusetts, exists today only as a historical geographic region. It has had no county government since 1998 when all former county functions were assumed by other governmental agencies. There are vestiges of the old system: for example, county sheriffs are still elected, but are under the state Executive office of public safety. Also, the office of district attorney, currently held by John Conte is effectively a county-wide position even though the district includes one town from a neighboring county. There is not, however, a county council or a commissioner. Communities are now granted the right to form their own regional compacts for sharing services.

When the government of Worcester County was established on April 2, 1731, when Worcester was chosen as its shire town (later known as a county seat). From that date until the dissolution of the county government, it was the only county seat. Because of the size of the county, there were fifteen attempts over 140 years to split the county into two counties, but without success. Initially, Lancaster was proposed as the seat of the northern county; later, Petersham was proposed once and Fitchburg was proposed repeatedly, most recently in 1903. Perhaps as a concession, in August 1884, the Worcester County Registry of Deeds was split into two, with the Worcester Northern registry placed in Fitchburg.

 

Geography

According to the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,579 sq. miles, 3,919 km˛ (1,513 mi˛) of it is land and 171 km˛ (66 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 4.18% water. The county stretches from the northern to the southern border of the state.

Towns like Shrewsbury and Westboro are approximately 35 miles West of Boston, along both the Route 9/Mass Pike corridor, and the commuter rail.

The towns in Worcester County run the gamut of all one could ask for from a community.  Some are quaint farming communities, others high priced suburbs, still others industrial "mill towns." The tremendous diversity is one of the most amazing things about Worcester County.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there are 750,963 people, 283,927 households, and 192,502 families residing in the county. Th population density is 192/km˛ (496/mi˛). There are 298,159 housing units at an average density of 76/km˛ (197/mi˛). The racial makeup of the county is 89.61% White, 2.73% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 2.62% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.93% from other races, and 1.82% from two or more races. 6.77% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 283,927 households out of which 33.60% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.50% are married couples living together, 11.40% have a female householder with no husband present, and 32.20% are non-families. 26.20% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.40% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.56 and the average family size is 3.11.

In the county the population is spread out with 25.60% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 31.10% from 25 to 44, 21.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.00% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 95.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 92.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $47,874, and the median income for a family is $58,394. Males have a median income of $42,261 versus $30,516 for females. The per capita income for the county is $22,983. 9.20% of the population and 6.80% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 11.30% of those under the age of 18 and 9.50% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

(From Wikpedia)

Just a few Important Towns in Worcester County

Shrewsbury
Westborough
Marlborough
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