North Attleborough, Massachusetts
North Attleborough Town Hall
Location in Bristol County in Massachusetts
|• Type||Town Manager & Town Council|
|• Leadership||Michael Gallagher (Interim Town Manager) & Keith Lapointe (Council President) Justin Paré (Vice-President) Julie Boyce, Jo-Ann Cathcart, Darius Gregory, Michael Lennox, Kathleen Prescott, Adam Scanlon, John Simmons.|
|• Total||19.1 sq mi (49.3 km2)|
|• Land||18.6 sq mi (48.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)|
|Elevation||200 ft (61 m)|
|• Density||1,456.0/sq mi (562.2/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (Eastern)|
|Area code(s)||508/774 (508 Exchanges: 643,695,699)|
|GNIS feature ID||0618284|
The villages of Attleboro Falls and North Attleborough Center are located in the town.
In pre-Colonial times, the land was the site of the Bay Path, a major Native American trail to Narragansett Bay, the Seekonk River, and Boston. English settlers arrived in the area in 1634 and established the settlement of Rehoboth—which included the modern day towns of North Attleborough, Attleboro, Massachusetts, Somerset, Seekonk, as well as parts of Rhode Island—from land sold to them by the Pokanoket Wamsutta. John Woodcock established a settlement in the territory in 1669 which subsisted on agriculture, fishing and hunting. By 1670, Woodcock had received a license to open a tavern. The settlement was attacked during King Philip's War, with two killed and one home burned, but the Garrison house which Woodcock had built survived the attack. The Woodcock-Garrison house was used as sleeping quarters for George Washington on his army's march to Boston to rid the city of General Thomas Gage's troops. The Town of Attleborough was incorporated from this territory in 1694.
In about 1780, a French settler set up a forge for working brass, beginning the industrial era. Englishmen brought with them British machinery from Birmingham in 1794 and designed American improvements in button making, which they patented. During the 18th and early 19th centuries, small grist and sawmills were built along the Ten Mile River, and subsequently-established nail factories were eventually eclipsed by cotton spinning mills. The development of cotton spinning was spurred by the embargo on imports resulting from the War of 1812. Textiles and jewelry manufacturing were the staple industries of the town by 1832, but buttons became king, spurred by the American Civil War and U.S. Army orders for badges and medals. By 1834, Attleborough produced more buttons than anywhere else in the United States; by 1855, there were 24 shops making almost $1 million in jewelry in Attleborough.
In 1887, the residents of the village of East Attleborough voted to secede, and they had higher population and votes to take with them the name of Attleborough and the town's original founding date of 1694; they incorporated as the new City of Attleborough, and the remainder of the original town adopted the name North Attleborough.
In the twentieth century, North Attleborough was home at various times to the jewelry firms Jostens, the world's largest class ring manufacturer and the Balfour Company, prominent maker of championship rings including for the National Football League's Super Bowl champions and Major League Baseball's World Series' winners. In 2006, North Attleborough was rated in the top ten for professional sports communities in the entire country and was also listed as one of the most affordable and safest places to raise a family. Today, North Attleborough is still home to many professional athletes due to its proximity to Gillette Stadium just 5 miles away.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 19.0 square miles (49 km2), of which 18.6 square miles (48 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) (2.15%) is water. The town is roughly quadrilateral-shaped, and makes the northwest corner of Bristol County. It is bordered by Plainville to the north, Mansfield to the east, Attleborough to the south, and Cumberland, Rhode Island to the west. Localities include Adamsdale, Attleborough Falls and Sheldonville Farms. The town is located 16 miles north of Providence, Rhode Island, 38 miles southwest of Boston and 42 miles southeast of Worcester, Massachusetts.
The town has several rivers, streams and brooks running through it, including the Ten Mile River and the Seven Mile River. There are several ponds and lakes, including Greenwood Lake (site of a fish hatchery) and Falls Pond, among others. The town's largest park, World War I Memorial Park, is located in the northern part of town and contains the highest point in Bristol County - Sunrise Hill (Watery Hill) at 390 feet above sea level. World War I Memorial Park features a petting zoo, Petti Field for soccer and lacrosse and a ski/sledding hill with J-bar ski lift which is currently inoperable. There is also the North Attleborough Arboretum adjacent to the park.
On High Street, one block from Route 1A is an ice-skating pond called Titus Pond which is maintained by the North Attleborough Rotary Club and filled each winter by the Fire Department.
There are five cemeteries in North Attleborough: the diminutive and inactive Woodcock Cemetery across from the Woodcock-Garrison house just north of downtown; Paine Road Cemetery near the Cumberland, Rhode Island, border; Mt. Hope Cemetery & Arboretum; the old St. Mary's Cemetery and the new St. Mary's Cemetery. The latter three are located in the village of Attleborough Falls.
|Source: United States Census records and Population Estimates Program data.|
At the 2000 census, there were 27,143 people, 10,391 households and 7,232 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,456.0 per square mile (562.2/km2). There were 10,635 housing units at an average density of 570.5 per square mile (220.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.97% White, 0.92% African American, 0.12% Native American, 1.71% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.32% of the population.
There were 10,391 households of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 24.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.15.
Age distribution was 26.9% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 34.4% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.3 males.
The median household income in 2016 was $90,125 compared to $59,371 in 2000. About 2.7% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.
North Attleborough is represented in the Massachusetts House of Representatives by Elizabeth "Betty" Poirier (R-North Attleborough), since 1999, as part of the Fourteenth Bristol district, which also includes sections of Attleborough and Mansfield. In the State Senate, it is represented by Becca Rausch (D-Needham) as part of the Norfolk, Bristol & Middlesex district, which includes the towns of Wayland, Sherborn, Millis, Norfolk, Wrentham and Plainville as well as sections of Natick, Wellesley, Needham, Franklin and Attleborough. Rausch won the seat after defeating the incumbent, Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) in 2018.
On the national level, North Attleborough is a part of Massachusetts's 4th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives represented by Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-Brookline). In the United States Senate it is represented by Elizabeth Warren (D-Cambridge) and Ed Markey (D-Malden).
Until 2019, North Attleborough has had a representative town meeting form of government, with an elected board of selectmen and a town administrator appointed by the selectmen. On April 2, 2019, North Attleboro voters approved a new structure for town government, a town charter creating a "strong" town manager that will replace the Board of Selectmen and a nine-member town council replacing the 135-seat Representative Town Meeting. The new charter went into effect on July 1, 2019, following a June 18, 2019 special election for town council.
The North Attleborough Police Department is located downtown in the old H.F. Barrows Manufacturing Company Building at 102 South Washington St. There are three fire stations, located downtown on Elm Street just off Route 1, Allen Ave behind Emerald Square Mall and on Route 152 in the eastern portion of town. There are also two post offices, downtown (using the 02760 ZIP code) and in Attleboro Falls (02763). North Attleboro also uses 02761 for post office boxes located downtown.
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The town has its own school department, led by Superintendent of Schools, Scott Holcomb, since February 2017. Holcomb was previously Assistant Superintendent to Suzan Cullen, Superintendent from May 2011 to January 2017. The Superintendent is appointed by an elected School Committee of 7 serving staggered three year terms. Current members as of the April 2018 Town Election are James D. McKenna, Chairman; Kevin O’Donnell Secretary; Carol Wagner; Ethan Hamilton; Talia Yourell; John Costello; Kathryn Hobbs. [www.naschools.net].
Schools are funded by local RTM appropriation of available funds raised from local taxes and State aid. Between 2002 through 2012 State aid has been reduced by over $1,000,000.00 annually. Between 2012 and 2014, the School Committee has closed and elementary school (Allen Avenue), imposed fees for student parking, student activities, busing, and full day kindergarten to address the lack of operating revenue.
In April 2018, citizens voted and approved a $6.5M increased tax levy, in part (approximately 40%) to increase funding for the public schools. Even with the fiscal conservative history of the town, the override passed with 57% of voters approving the measure. The town made immediate investments to advance school infrastructure projects and staffing, public safety and community services.
The school system consists of:
North Attleborough High School's sports teams are the Red Rocketeers. The name comes from North Attleborough's unique red rocks, found only in northern Bristol County and Cumberland, RI. The school’s colors are red and white. The town's sports teams are often nicknamed "The Rockets" or "Big Red" and North Attleborough is sometimes referred to as "Big Red Country". This is because of its proud history of a strong athletic department backed by widespread local and loyal school spirit.
North Attleborough High School sports teams compete in the Kelley-Rex (or large school) division of the Hockomock League, consisting of area high schools including rivals Attleboro and Mansfield High Schools. NAHS's chief rival is Attleboro High School. The football teams play each other twice a year, once during the regular season and once on Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving location alternates each year and the regular season game is held at the opposite site. Almost all other sports play each team in the Kelley-Rex division twice per season and each team in the Davenport (or small school) division once in the regular season. NAHS boasts a tradition of winning sports teams and regularly competes in state playoffs.
High school students may also choose to attend Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School, located in Franklin and including communities in Bristol, Norfolk and Middlesex Counties. Students are also able to attend Bristol County Agricultural High School in Dighton free of charge.
The town is home to one Catholic K-8 school, Saint Mary-Sacred Heart School. The nearest private high school is Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro, a Catholic high school.
"The North Attleborough Public Library was established in 1889, by the North Attleborough Union Improvement District, which turned its library over to the town." Today the Richards Memorial Library is located downtown, and is a member of SAILS Library Network, a network of libraries in Southeastern Massachusetts. In fiscal year 2008, the town spent 0.77% ($572,874) of its budget on its public library—some $20 per person.
Interstates 95 and 295 meet just over the Attleborough line, and both run through the town. Each interstate has one exit within town. The town is also bisected by U.S. Route 1, which runs through the retail and downtown districts. Massachusetts state routes 120 and 152 also run through town, as does the "middle" portion of Route 1A, which begins in the town.
The town is set equidistantantly between the three nearest Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority stops, in Mansfield, Attleborough Center and South Attleborough. The Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority provides bus services between the local towns and cities. The nearest national-level airport is T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island, approximately 23 miles away, and the nearest international airport is Logan International Airport in Boston, approximately 42 miles away.
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