Southborough, Massachusetts

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Southborough is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. It incorporates the smaller villages of Cordaville, Fayville, and Southville. Its name is often informally shortened to Southboro, a usage seen on many area signs and maps. Its population was 8,781 at the 2000 census.

Land use is primarily residential with substantial open space. A quarter of the town's area is flooded by the Sudbury Reservoir. Light industrial land use is concentrated along main roads, primarily Massachusetts Rte. 9, and there are several small business districts in the villages and along Rte. 9. Southborough was named Number 31 in the nation on CNN Money's 100 Best Places to Live in 2009.[1]



Southborough was first settled in 1660 and was officially incorporated in 1727. Southborough was primarily a farming community until mills began to tap the small rivers that ran through the town. By the end of the 19th century, the town was home to the manufacture of plaster, boots and shoes, among other things.

In 1898 the Fayville Dam was constructed to produce several reservoirs to supply a growing Boston with water. As a result, manufacturing vanished and Southborough did not see substantial growth until the high-tech boom of the 1970s.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15.7 square miles (41 km2), of which, 14.1 square miles (37 km2) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) of it (9.64%) is water.

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