Ashby, Massachusetts

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Ashby is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 2,845 as of the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 24.2 square miles (62.6 km²), of which, 23.8 square miles (61.6 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (1.53%) is water.

Ashby is bordered by New Ipswich, New Hampshire and Mason, New Hampshire to the north, Townsend to the east, Lunenburg to the southeast, Fitchburg to the south, and Ashburnham to the west.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,845 people, 978 households, and 783 families residing in the town. The population density was 119.6 people per square mile (46.2/km²). There were 1,011 housing units at an average density of 42.5/sq mi (16.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.03% White, 0.28% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. The ethnic makeup was 0.84% Hispanic or Latino. 14.9% were of English, 14.3% Irish, 13.9% French, 13.3% Finnish, 8.2% American, 7.9% French Canadian, 6.3% Italian and 5.4% German ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 978 households out of which 39.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.6% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.9% were non-families. 15.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.6% 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 3.25.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.5% 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 99.1 males.

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