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Bolton, Massachusetts
Sawyer House, Bolton Historical Society
Sawyer House, Bolton Historical Society
Flag of Bolton, Massachusetts
Official seal of Bolton, Massachusetts
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 1682
Incorporated 1738
 • Total 20.0 sq mi (51.8 km2)
 • Land 19.9 sq mi (51.6 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
387 ft (118 m)
 • Total 4,897
 • Density 244.9/sq mi (94.54/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 351 / 978
FIPS code 25-06365
GNIS feature ID 0618357

Bolton is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. Bolton is in eastern Massachusetts, located 25 miles west-northwest of downtown Boston. The population was 4,897 at the 2010 census.


The town of Bolton was incorporated on June 24, 1738, following an influx of settlers. Town historian Esther Whitcomb, descendant of one of Bolton's earliest documented settlers, cites the recorded birth of a son, Hezekiah, to Josiah Whitcomb in 1681. By 1711, according to Whitcomb, more than 150 people were living on Bolton soil, despite a local history of Indian uprisings and one massacre. Many early houses were protected by flankers, and were designated as garrisons. Bolton's history is interesting because it is reflective of early settlement patterns in the central Massachusetts area, and the conflicts with King Philip (Metacom) and his Indian soldiers. The town was formerly part of the town of Lancaster, but seceded along the Still River, where the current boundary line still stands.

In the 1920s Bolton was used as a setting and mentioned a number of times in H.P. Lovecraft's fiction: as a setting in his “Herbert West — Reanimator”, and also mentioned in his “The Rats in the Walls” and “The Colour out of Space”.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 20.0 square miles (52 km2), of which 19.9 square miles (52 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), or 0.35%, is water.

Surrounding towns

Bolton is located in MetroWest, surrounded by several towns:


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1850 1,263 —    
1860 1,348 +6.7%
1870 1,014 −24.8%
1880 903 −10.9%
1890 827 −8.4%
1900 770 −6.9%
1910 764 −0.8%
1920 708 −7.3%
1930 764 +7.9%
1940 775 +1.4%
1950 956 +23.4%
1960 1,264 +32.2%
1970 1,905 +50.7%
1980 2,530 +32.8%
1990 3,134 +23.9%
2000 4,148 +32.4%
2010 4,897 +18.1%
* = population estimate.
Source: United States Census records and Population Estimates Program data.

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,148 people, 1,424 households, and 1,201 families residing in the town. The population density was 208.1 inhabitants per square mile (80.3/km2). There were 1,476 housing units at an average density of 74.1 per square mile (28.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.76% White, 0.19% African American, 0.05% Native American, 1.30% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population.

There were 1,424 households out of which 44.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 77.0% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.6% were non-families. 11.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the town, the population was spread out with 30.4% under the age of 18, 3.3% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 28.8% from 45 to 64, and 6.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $112,798, and the median income for a family was $138,967. Males had a median income of $79,167 versus $50,278 for females. The per capita income for the town was $53,195. About 1.1% of families and 1.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.5% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.

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