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Wrentham, Massachusetts
South Street
South Street
Official seal of Wrentham, Massachusetts
Location in Norfolk County in Massachusetts
Location in Norfolk County in Massachusetts
Country  United States
State  Massachusetts
County Norfolk
Settled 1660
Incorporated October 17, 1673
 • Type Open town meeting
 • Total 59.4 km2 (22.9 sq mi)
 • Land 57.5 km2 (22.2 sq mi)
 • Water 1.9 km2 (0.7 sq mi)
77 m (253 ft)
 • Total 12,178
 • Density 211.8/km2 (548.6/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
02070 (Sheldonville)
Area code(s) 508 / 774
FIPS code 25-82315
GNIS feature ID 0618334

Wrentham ( REN-thəm) is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 12,178 at the 2020 census.


Wrentham was first settled by the English in 1661 and officially incorporated in 1673. It was burned down during King Philip's War 1675-1676. For a short time, it was the residence of the educational reformer Horace Mann. It is also known as one of the residences of Helen Keller.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 22.9 square miles (59 km2), of which 22.2 square miles (57 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) (3.14%) is water. Wrentham is bordered by Norfolk on the north, Foxboro on the east, Plainville and Cumberland, Rhode Island on the south, Bellingham on the southwest, and Franklin on the west. It has two large lakes towards the center of town, Lake Pearl and Lake Archer, as well as Mirror Lake on the Wrentham/Norfolk border and numerous smaller lakes. Sheldonville, or West Wrentham, is a rural section of Wrentham located on the western leg of town. Sheldonville still maintains a unique identity as the old farming section of Wrentham, has active commercial orchards, and has its own ZIP code (02070). Wrentham drains into four watersheds. They are the Charles River to the North, the Taunton River to the East, the Blackstone River to the West, and the Ten Mile River to the South.

Wrentham is the only town of that name in the United States. It is named after the village of Wrentham in Beccles, Suffolk, England. The only other Wrentham is Wrentham, Alberta. Wrentham, Massachusetts, is by far the most populous of the three.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1850 3,037 —    
1860 3,406 +12.2%
1870 2,292 −32.7%
1880 2,481 +8.2%
1890 2,566 +3.4%
1900 2,720 +6.0%
1910 1,743 −35.9%
1920 2,808 +61.1%
1930 3,584 +27.6%
1940 4,674 +30.4%
1950 5,341 +14.3%
1960 6,685 +25.2%
1970 7,315 +9.4%
1980 7,580 +3.6%
1990 9,006 +18.8%
2000 10,554 +17.2%
2010 10,955 +3.8%
2020 12,178 +11.2%
* = population estimate.
Source: United States Census records and Population Estimates Program data.

As of the census of 2000, there were 10,554 people, 3,402 households, and 2,653 families residing in the town. The population density was 475.5 people per square mile (183.6/km2). There were 3,507 housing units at an average density of 158.0 per square mile (61.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.64% White, 0.61% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.80% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.79% of the population.

There were 3,402 households, out of which 43.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.3% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.0% were non-families. 17.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.31.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 27.8% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $78,043.50, and the median income for a family was $89,058.99. Males had a median income of $58,776 versus $37,219 for females. The per capita income for the town was $30,792.56. About 1.6% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.


Wrentham is a member of the Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority.


The Wrentham Elementary School consists of three buildings which separate the different grade levels. There is the Delaney Elementary School for the lowest grades, the Vogel Elementary School for a mix of lower grades and unified arts, and the Roderick Elementary School for the highest grades (up to grade 6). All 3 of these buildings are located on one Wrentham Elementary School campus located off of Taunton St & Randall Rd in the center of Wrentham. King Philip Regional High School, located on Franklin St, is the town's public high school and serves students from Wrentham, Norfolk, and Plainville. Students in middle school attend King Philip Regional Middle School in Norfolk. Surrounding high schools, such as Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin, MA, and Norfolk County Agricultural High School in Walpole, MA, as well as the Catholic Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro, MA, are also available to Wrentham students.

Notable people

  • Dale Arnold, Co-Host of the WEEI-FM Dale & Keefe Afternoon Show from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM and The Boston Bruins Pre and Post Game shows on NESN lived in Duluth prior to moving back to Maine
  • Ayla Brown, singer and basketball player; daughter of Scott Brown
  • Scott Brown, former U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa; lived in Wrentham while being a Republican United States Senator from Massachusetts from 2010 to 2013
  • John Cena, professional wrestler and actor (formerly owned a home on Lake Archer)
  • Cesar Chelor, the earliest documented African-American plane maker in North America
  • Chris Doughty, businessman and politician running in the 2022 Massachusetts Gubernatorial elections as a Republican
  • Charlotte W. Hawes, composer
  • Gail Huff, Former News Reporter for WCVB-TV and wife of Scott Brown
  • Helen Keller, Moved to Wrentham in 1905 and resided in the town for over a decade. It was during this time she joined the Socialist Party of Massachusetts, became a suffragist, and published several books
  • Jake Layman, NBA basketball player
  • Garth Snow, former NHL goaltender and former GM of the New York Islanders
  • Scott Zolak, former NFL quarterback and current host/color commentator for 98.5 FM The Sports Hub

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