Paxton, Massachusetts

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Paxton is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 4,386 at the 2000 census.



Paxton was first settled in 1749 and was officially incorporated in 1765.

The Town of Paxton was originally taken from the towns of Leicester and Rutland, in nearly equal parts, and was incorporated February 12, 1765. It then received its name from Charles Paxton, a "Commissioner of the Customs". The inhabitants soon commenced their plan for building a meeting house, and on the first day of April, 1765, the town voted to build it. It was raised on the 18th day of June, 1766, and this is the frame of the present meeting house.

In 1766 within two years of the incorporation of the town, the foundation of the present meeting house was laid, on what is now the common, near the flag staff. The land was given by Seth Howe, from a piece of his pasture.

David Davis went to Boston, with a pair of oxen and drew to Paxton the bell now in use, which was made by Paul Revere.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15.5 square miles (40 km2), of which, 14.7 square miles (38 km2) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) of it (4.78%) is water.

It is bounded on the west by Spencer and Oakham, on the northwest by Rutland, on the northeast by Holden, on the southeast by Worcester, and on the south by Leicester.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,575 people, 1,428 households, and 1,153 families residing in the town. The population density was 297.7 inhabitants per square mile (114.9 /km2). There were 1,461 housing units at an average density of 99.2 per square mile (38.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.69% White, 0.68% African American, 0.09% Native American, 1.07% Asian, 0.57% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.55% of the population.

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