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Natick, Massachusetts

  •   State: 
    Middlesex County
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    42°17′00″N 71°21′00″W
      Area total: 
    16.1 sq mi (41.6 km²)
      Area land: 
    15.1 sq mi (39.1 km²)
      Area water: 
    1.0 sq mi (2.5 km²)
    181 ft (55 m)
    1651; Settled 1651; Incorporated 1781
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      Dman name cbsa: 
    Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
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    Natick, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,450.7 residents per square mile of area (946.4/km²)
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Natick (NAY-tik) is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. It is near the center of the MetroWest region of Massachusetts, with a population of 37,006 at the 2020 census. The name Natick comes from the language of the Massachusett Native American tribe and is commonly thought to mean "Place of Hills" Natick was settled in 1651 by John Eliot, a Puritan missionary born in Widford, England, who received a commission and funds from England's Long Parliament to settle the Praying Indians on both sides of the Charles River. The town was incorporated in 1781. Henry Wilson, a U.S. senator who became the 18th Vice President of the United States (1873-1875), lived most of his life in Natick as a shoemaker and schoolteacher known as the "Natick Cobbler" and is buried there. Natick is famous for its brogan (shoes worn in the American Civil War), a heavy ankle-high boot worn by soldiers in the Civil War. It was manufactured by the firm of H. Harwood & Sons, first in the world in their factory's first manufacture of baseballs. In 1874, a fire in downtown Natick demolished two business blocks, the Town Hall, Natick's only fire engine house and the Congregational Church, as well as many private homes. In 1988, the town's new Central Fire was greater in wealth than the Great Fire of Chicago of 1875.


The name Natick comes from the language of the Massachusett Native American tribe and is commonly thought to mean "Place of Hills" A more accurate translation may be "place of [our] searching," after John Eliot's successful search for a location for his Praying Indian settlement. Natick is the name of a town in the state of New Hampshire. The town's name means "place where people gather to pray" or "place" in the local language. It is also known as the town of Natick or Natick, New Hampshire, and as Natick in the U.S. and Natick County, Massachusetts. It was named after the Natick River, which runs through the town. The Natick area was once known as "The Natick Hills" and was the site of the town's first white settlement in 17th century. It has since been renamed Natick and is now a town of about 4,000 people. The city's name is derived from the word "Natick," which means "hills" in Massachuset. It also means "the place of the searching," which may be a reference to Eliot's search for the location for the Praying Indians' new settlement. The word Natick means "searching" in English, and may also mean "to search" in Native American languages. It means "to look for" and "to seek" in a Native American language, such as "Massachusett" It means to look for a place to build a settlement.


Natick was settled in 1651 by John Eliot, a Puritan missionary born in Widford, England. Eliot and Praying Indian translators printed America's first Algonquian language Bible. In 1775, both European and Indian citizens of Natick participated in the battles of Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill, as well as serving in the Continental Army. Henry Wilson, a U.S. senator who became the 18th Vice President of the United States (1873-1875), lived most of his life in Natick as a shoemaker and schoolteacher known as the "Natick Cobbler" and is buried there. Natick was famous for its brogan (shoes), a heavy ankle-high boot worn by soldiers in the American Civil War. The invention of the sewing machine in 1858 led to the growth of several shoe factories. In 1891, a fire department from the town won "The World's Hooker Championship", a competition between the fire departments of four area towns. The town run through 12 of the Boston Marathon run through Natick on Patriots' Day every year on 135/Central St., and thousands of residents and visitors line the road to watch the Patriots' game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, November 12. The name of the town is also the name of one of the middle schools in the town. The city's nickname is "Home of Champions" and it is the home of The Center for the Arts in Natik.

Geography and climate

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has an area of 16.0 square miles (41 km²) The total area is 7.04% water, including Lake Cochituate and Dug Pond. Natick borders Wellesley, Wayland, Weston, Framingham, Sherborn and Dover. The town is located on the Massachusetts Turnpike, which runs through the center of the town. It is the only town in the state to have a population of over 1,000. It has an average daily rainfall of 1.7 inches (4.4 m) and an average annual temperature of 2.7 degrees (7.0 °C) The town has a high school with an enrollment of about 1,100 students. It also has a hospital with an average enrollment of more than 100 students. The population of Natick was 1,071 at the 2010 census. It had a high-school population of 1,081. It was the first town in Massachusetts to reach 1,500 residents in the early 1900s. The current population is 1,091, with an estimated 1,200 students in the school's senior class. The school district has a total enrollment of 2,000, with the majority of its students living in the town of about 2,100. The city has a low-lying area of 1 square mile (2.6 km²), with the rest of its land area being water. The area has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa).

Communities and neighborhoods

Downtown Natick is the town's civic and cultural hub. South Natick, known for its scenic nature, is where the Native American settlers first arrived and began the town on the shores of the Charles River. The Natick Mall, as well as the strip mall called Sherwood Plaza with its office Industrial Park behind, are considered to be the commercial hub of West Natick. The Wethersfield area is a typical 1950s development of Campanelli ranch-style houses and remains popular with first-time home buyers. Walnut Hill is a neighborhood north of downtown. The only community in Natick that can be separately addressed officially via the US Postal Office, and street signage such as a sign along Route 16 coming from Wellesley communicates arrival in "So. Natick." Natick Center is the tenth district to win this designation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Cultural Districts Initiative is designed to help communities attract artists and cultural enterprises, encourage business and job growth, expand tourism, preserve and reuse historic buildings, enhance property values, and foster local cultural development. In 2012 the Massachusetts Cultural Council voted unanimously to makeNatick Center one of the newest state-designated cultural districts. The district is anchored by The Center for Arts in Natik, Morse Institute Library and the Natick Common. It is known for the private boarding school Wal nut Hill School for the Arts, aswell as many Victorian era houses lining Walnut Street and Bacon Street. The town's largest section is the city of Framingham.


As of the census of 2010, there were 32,786 people, 13,080 households, and 8,528 families residing in the town. The town is surrounded, on three sides, by five of the eleven most affluent towns in Massachusetts with Wayland to the north, Weston to the northeast, Wellesley to the east, Dover to the southeast, and Sherborn to the southwest. The racial makeup of the town was 85.4% White, 2% African American, 0.1% Native American, 7.2% Asian,0.0% Pacific Islander, and 2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3% of the population. According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in theTown was $61,855, and the median incomes for a family was $85,056. The per capita income for the town is $36,358. About 1.7% of families and 2.8% of. the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4%. of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over. The median age of Natick according to the 2010 US census was 41.1 years. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.02. The population was spread out, with 23.0%. under the age of 18, 5.1%. from 18 to 24, 34.3. from 25 to 44, 23.3%. from 45 to 64, and 14.3! who were 65 years of age or older.


Companies based in Natick include Cognex Corporation and MathWorks. Natick is home to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which has offices in New York and Massachusetts. Naticks is also home to a number of small businesses, such as Cogex and Mathworks. The town's population is about 2,000. It is located on the Massachusetts Turnpike, which runs through the town of Natick and into the Maine River. It also has a population of about 1,000 people in the town's downtown area, which is the state's largest business district. It's also the site of the Natick High School, which was founded in 1881 and is located in the city's historic district.


The government of Middlesex County was officially abolished on July 11, 1997. The sheriff and some other regional officials with specific duties are still elected locally to perform duties within the county region. Communities are now granted the right to form their own regional compacts for sharing services. Natick has a representative town meeting form of government (consisting of 180 members) with a Board of Selectmen and a Town Administrator. The town is part of the Massachusetts Senate's Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex district. It is located on the Massachusetts Turnpike, which runs through the town of Natick. It has a population of 2,816. It was the site of the World War II Battle of the Bulge, which took place in World War I. It also hosted the U.S. Civil War, which ended in WWI, and the Battle of Gettysburg, which started in WW II. It's also the location of the National Museum of American History, which was established in 1851. It contains the National Memorial for the American Civil War. It dates back to the 17th century and is located in Natick, Massachusetts, which is in the state's Berkshires. It once belonged to the family of William and Mary, who were the first settlers in the area. The current town is located near the center of the Berkshire region, near the towns of Gloucester and Ipswich. It lies on the Connecticut River, which flows into the Massachusetts River.


The Natick Public School District operates the following schools: The High School building on the shore of Dug Pond, was opened in 2012. The new high school is adjacent to the old high school and opened to students on August 29, 2012. Natick High's former school mascot name, the "Redmen", was changed in 2009 to the " red and blue", then in 2012 to the Redhawks. The Riverbend School (formerly Eliot Montessori School) is a private school located in the Harriet Beecher Stowe House. The Tobin School and Residential Treatment Center, a school within a residential treatment center, is also located in Natick. The district also operates a number of private schools, such as Saint Benedict Classical Academy and Walnut Hill School for the Arts. The school district's mascot is the Red Hawks, also spelled "Red Hawks". The district's motto is: "We are the Natick School District. We are here to serve our students and our community." The district has a reputation for hard work and hard work pays off in the classroom and in the community. It has a history of winning state and national awards for academics and athletics. It also has a long-standing tradition of excellence in the arts, including the creation of several award-winning elementary schools. It is one of the largest school districts in the state, with more than 2,000 students in grades 1-12. It was founded in 1872 and is the oldest school district in Massachusetts, with a population of 3,000.


Natick Center station is served by the MBTA Commuter Rail Framingham/Worcester Line. Bus service is provided in Natick by the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority. The station is located in the downtown area of Natick, Massachusetts. It is located on the Massachusetts Turnpike, which runs from Boston to Worcester. It has a station on the MassDOT's MassDot Rail system, which connects to the Boston and Cambridge stations. It also has a stop on the Boston/Massachusetts Turnpiked, which serves the Boston area. It was built in the early 1900s and opened in the mid-20th century. The train station was originally called Natick Center, and was later renamed after the town's namesake, Natick City. It opened in 1854. It closed in the 1950s. It reopened in the 1960s. The current station is called the Natick Centre Station, and is located near the downtown part of the town. It serves as a hub for bus service in the area, as well as the Boston-Worcestershire line. The MetroWest regional transit authority provides bus service to and from Natick. It provides service on the Framingham and Worcester lines, and also on the Cambridge-Boston line, which links the two cities to Boston and Worcester. The Natick center station is also served by a bus line on the Worcester line, the Worcester-Boston Line, and the Worcester Line on the Norfolk and Suffolk line.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Natick, Middlesex County, Massachusetts = 43.5. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 43. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Natick = 3.5 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 2,833 individuals with a median age of 40.8 age the population dropped by -0.88% in Natick, Middlesex County, Massachusetts population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,450.7 residents per square mile of area (946.4/km²). There are average 2.38 people per household in the 13,169 households with an average household income of $87,591 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 6.10% of the available work force and has dropped -3.26% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 27.38%. The number of physicians in Natick per 100,000 population = 389.3.


The annual rainfall in Natick = 44.9 inches and the annual snowfall = 42.4 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 122. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 201. 84 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 15.7 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 49, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Natick, Middlesex County, Massachusetts which are owned by the occupant = 68.72%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 51 years with median home cost = $359,070 and home appreciation of 1.34%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $11.70 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $7,964 per student. There are 13.3 students for each teacher in the school, 1522 students for each Librarian and 338 students for each Counselor. 7.12% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 29.47% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 23.07% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Natick's population in Middlesex County, Massachusetts of 3,785 residents in 1930 has dropped 0,75-fold to 2,833 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 52.18% female residents and 47.82% male residents live in Natick, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

    As of 2020 in Natick, Middlesex County, Massachusetts are married and the remaining 39.00% are single population.

  • 32 minutes is the average time that residents in Natick require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    79.59% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 6.46% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 9.17% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.90% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Natick, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, 68.72% are owner-occupied homes, another 28.16% are rented apartments, and the remaining 3.11% are vacant.

  • The 68.03% of the population in Natick, Middlesex County, Massachusetts who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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