Auburn, Massachusetts

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Auburn is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 15,901 at the 2000 census.

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History

Auburn was first settled in 1789 and was officially incorporated in 1808 as the town of Ward, in honor of American Revolution General Artemas Ward. The town changed its name to Auburn in 1837, after the Post Office complained that the name was too similar to the nearby town of Ware.

Before incorporation, most of Auburn was known as the South Parish of Worcester; other portions fell within the town limits of Leicester and Millbury.

Robert H. Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket from his Aunt Eiffie's farm in Auburn on March 16, 1926. Goddard is commemorated in Goddard Memorial Park located downtown next to the Auburn Fire Department Headquarters.

In this park there is a model of Dr. Goddard's prototype liquid fueled rocket and a Polaris Ballistic Missile (Type A-1). Across the street at the Auburn High School stands a mini version of the prototype.

In addition, there is a small memorial commemorating the feat on the actual site where Goddard launched his rocket.[1] (The memorial is located between the 1st and 9th holes on Pakachoag Golf Course.)

Government


Demographics

The 2009 Auburn, MA, population is 16,259. There are 1,065 people per square mile (population density).

Families in Auburn, MA The median age is 40.8. The US median is 37.6. 61.86% of people in Auburn, MA, are married. 8.00% are divorced. The average household size is 2.41 people. 22.71% of people are married, with children. 5.08% have children, but are single.

Races in Auburn, Massachusetts 97.21% of people are white, 0.81% are black or african american, 1.19% are asian, 0.10% are native american, and 1.00% are 'Other'.1.24% of the people in Auburn, MA, are of hispanic ethnicity (that means that 98.76% are non-hispanic).

Education

Auburn has two elementary school "districts." Homes north and west of Route 12 (Southbridge Street) feed into Bryn Mawr School (grades K-2) and Julia Bancroft School (grades 3-5). The other half of town feeds into Mary D. Stone School (grades K-2) and Pakachoag School (grades 3-5). All Auburn public school students attend Auburn Middle School (grades 6-8). Some students attend Auburn High School (grades 9-12), while others are given the option to attend Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School instead. A new high school opened on Drury Square in the center of town directly next to the old high school, equipped with a new turf football field, all-purpose field, baseball field, and a grass softball field, as well as new tennis courts, in 2006; a group called "Save the '35" protested demolition of the oldest (1935) wing of the former high school. The old high school has now been completely demolished, except the dome on top of the high school. A few of the bricks of the old building were sold within the town, and there are some located at the Auburn Historical Museum. In 1997, the Eastern Nazarene College started a learning annex in Auburn.[2]

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