Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts

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Shelburne Falls is a census-designated place (CDP) in the towns of Shelburne and Buckland in Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 1,951 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts, Metropolitan Statistical Area. Notable features include the Bridge of Flowers, a former trolley bridge over the Deerfield River that is now maintained by the Shelburne Falls Women's Club as a floral display from April through October; and the glacial potholes of the Deerfield River. Bill and Camille Cosby are well known and admired residents of the area, though they keep a relatively low profile. The downtown is alive and well, including an independently-owned pharmacy with a soda fountain, one coffeeshop, several restaurants, two pizza joints, a bookstore, a newsstand, a grocery store, a natural foods store, and the candlepin Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley. A community newspaper, the West County Independent, serves Shelburne Falls and the surrounding towns. On the Shelburne side of town is the Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School, with over 200 students.

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Geography

The Deerfield River bisects Shelburne Falls, and Massaemett Mountain rises east of the village.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.8 km² (2.6 mi²). 6.6 km² (2.5 mi²) of it is land and 0.3 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (3.79%) is water. Shelburne Falls is served by Route 2, also known as the Mohawk Trail, as well as Routes 2A and 112, the latter being the main route through the village.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,951 people, 815 households, and 466 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 296.6/km² (768.3/mi²). There were 878 housing units at an average density of 133.5/km² (345.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.92% White, 0.26% African American, 0.67% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.46% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.82% of the population.

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