Plainville, Massachusetts

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Plainville is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 7,683 at the 2000 census. It is formally a part of the Providence metropolitan area.[1]



Plainville was first settled in 1661 as part of the vast lands of the town of Dedham. It separated from Dedham as part of Wrentham upon that town's founding in 1673. It was officially incorporated in 1905. It is the youngest town by date of incorporation in Norfolk County, and third youngest in the state, behind Millville (1916) and East Brookfield (1920).


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 11.6 square miles (29.9 km²), of which, 11.1 square miles (28.6 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²) of it (4.24%) is water.

Plainville Borders the towns of Wrentham, Foxboro, Mansfield, North Attleboro and Cumberland RI.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 7,683 people, 3,009 households, and 2,040 families residing in the town. The population density was 268.2/km² (694.6/mi²). There were 3,111 housing units at an average density of 108.6/km² (281.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.77% White, 0.70% African American, 1.63% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.95% of the population.

There were 3,009 households out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.8% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there are 97.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.4 males.

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