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Milford is a town in Worcester Countymarker, Massachusettsmarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 26,799 according to the 2000 census.

For geographic and demographic information on the census-designated place Milford, please see the article Milford marker, Massachusettsmarker.

Milford has been growing at a fast rate since the introduction of Interstate 495 decades ago. Since then, major retailers have opened in town including KMart, Kohl's Department Stores, Target, Lowe's Home Improvement, and Sports Authority. Other retailers which recently opened stores in Milford include T.G.I. Friday's, Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Staples, Petco, and Best Buy.

History

Milford was first settled in 1662 and was officially incorporated in 1780. It was originally the eastern part of Mendon called "Mill River".

Milford is renowned for its pink granite, discovered in 1870. Some of this granite has been used for buildings in New York Citymarker, Washington, D.C.marker and Paris, Francemarker.

Today, it is recognized, in part, for its health care facility - the Milford Regional Medical Center. In January 2008, the Center opened a cancer treatment facility with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The Center is affiliated with UMass Medical Centermarker as a teaching hospital.

Milford is also the home of the "My One Wish" foundation, started in 1984.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 14.9 square miles (38.5 km²), of which 14.6 square miles (37.8 km²) is land, and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (1.82%) is water.

Adjacent towns

Milford is located in Central Massachusetts, bordered by:

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 26,799 people, 10,420 households, and 7,200 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,835.6 people per square mile (708.7/km²). There were 10,713 housing units at an average density of 733.8/sq mi (283.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.95% White, 1.35% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 1.76% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.99% from other races, and 1.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.36% of the population.

There were 10,420 households out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.9% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 33.2% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $50,856, and the median income for a family was $61,029. Males had a median income of $42,173 versus $30,989 for females. The per capita income for the town was $23,742. About 5.8% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.9% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.

Schools

In Milford, there are seven public schools [34850] and one catholic school.

Public Schools:

  • Pre-K - Shining Star Early Childhood Center
  • K-2 - Brookside Elementary School
  • K-2 - Memorial Elementatry School
  • 3-4 - Woodland Elementary School
  • 5-7 - Stacy Middle School (SMS)
  • 8 - Middle School East (MSE)
  • 9-12 - Milford High Schoolmarker (MHS)


Catholic Schools:

  • K-6 - Milford Catholic Elementary School (MCES)


Annual events

  • Independence Day Fireworks, held on Plains Park within a day of July 4
  • Portuguese Picnic- A two night festival held at the Portuguese Club


Notable residents



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