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Barre, Massachusetts
Town
Barre Town Hall
Barre Town Hall
Official seal of Barre, Massachusetts
Seal
Motto: "Tranquil and Alert"
Location in Worcester County and the state of Massachusetts.
Location in Worcester County and the state of Massachusetts.
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Worcester
Settled 1720
Incorporated 1774
Area
 • Total 44.6 sq mi (115.5 km2)
 • Land 44.3 sq mi (114.8 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
Elevation 886 ft (270 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,398
 • Density 121.03/sq mi (46.736/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 01005
Area code(s)

351 / 978

Exchange code = 355
FIPS code 25-03740
GNIS feature ID 0619475
Website www.townofbarre.com

Barre is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 5,398 at the 2010 census.

History

Originally called the Northwest District of Rutland, it was first settled in 1720. The town was incorporated on June 17, 1774, as Hutchinson after Thomas Hutchinson, colonial governor of Massachusetts. But on November 7, 1776, it was renamed Barre /ˈbæri/ in honor of Isaac Barré, an Irish-born MP who was a champion of American Independence. Starting in the 1800s, the Boston, Barre and Gardner Railroad provided rail service to the town.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.6 square miles (116 km2), of which 44.3 square miles (115 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), or 0.63%, is water. Barre is drained by the Ware River.

Barre is bordered by Hubbardston to the northeast, Rutland and Oakham to the southeast, New Braintree to the south, Hardwick to the southwest, Petersham to the northwest, and a small portion of Phillipston to the north.

Demographics

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1850 2,976 —    
1860 2,973 −0.1%
1870 2,572 −13.5%
1880 2,419 −5.9%
1890 2,239 −7.4%
1900 2,059 −8.0%
1910 2,957 +43.6%
1920 3,357 +13.5%
1930 3,510 +4.6%
1940 3,528 +0.5%
1950 3,406 −3.5%
1960 3,479 +2.1%
1970 3,825 +9.9%
1980 4,102 +7.2%
1990 4,546 +10.8%
2000 5,113 +12.5%
2010 5,398 +5.6%
* = population estimate.
Source: United States Census records and Population Estimates Program data.

As of the census of 2000, there are 5,113 people, 1,889 households, and 1,377 families residing in the town. The population density is 115.3 people per square mile (44.5/km²). There are 1,988 housing units at an average density of 44.8 per square mile (17.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town is 97.63% White, 0.51% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.29% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. 0.80% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 1,889 households out of which 36.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.9% are married couples living together, 9.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 27.1% are non-families. 22.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.69 and the average family size is 3.17.

In the town, the population is spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 96.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 95.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $50,553, and the median income for a family is $56,069. Males have a median income of $40,284 versus $29,250 for females. The per capita income for the town is $20,476. 3.4% of the population and 1.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 1.5% of those under the age of 18 and 2.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Sites of interest

  • Barre Historical Society & Museum
  • Barre Players Theater
  • Insight Meditation Society
  • Russell's Fossil Museum

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