Avon, Massachusetts

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Avon is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 4,443 at the 2000 census.



Avon was first settled in 1700. It was originally known as East Stoughton, and was a part of Stoughton on the founding of that town. However, many people in East Stoughton did not approve of how the section of town was treated, and voted to separate and form their own town. Since East Stoughton did not have the required amount of land to form a town, a small piece of land was also acquired from Holbrook, MA. Avon, which was named for the River Avon in England, was officially incorporated in 1888. The town's seal includes a bust of William Shakespeare, who was from Stratford-upon-Avon, England. (The city of Brockton had originally considered the name for itself as well.)


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.6 square miles (12 km2), of which, 4.4 square miles (11 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (4.16%) is water. Avon is bordered by the City of Brockton on the south, Stoughton on the west, Randolph on the northeast, and Holbrook on the east. Avon is 17 miles south of Boston; 27 miles northeast of Providence, Rhode Island; and 211 miles from New York City.


At the 2000 census[1], there were 4,443 people, 1,705 households and 1,220 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,014.7 per square mile (391.7/kmĀ²). There were 1,740 housing units at an average density of 397.4 per square mile (153.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 93.45% White, 3.74% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.92% Asian, 0.77% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.44% of the population.

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