Rolling Dam on the Blackstone River
|Motto: "Do well and doubt not."|
Location in Worcester County and the state of Massachusetts.
|• Type||Open town meeting|
|• Town Administrator||Daniel M. Keyes|
| • Board of
|Russell L. Wells, Sr., Chairman
Ryan Steffin Chamberland, Vice-Chairman
Michael Catalano, Jr., Clerk
|• Total||11.2 sq mi (29.1 km2)|
|• Land||10.9 sq mi (28.2 km2)|
|• Water||0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)|
|Elevation||186 ft (57 m)|
|• Density||810/sq mi (310/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (UTC-4)|
|Area code(s)||508 / 774|
|GNIS feature ID||0619477|
This region was originally inhabited by the Nipmuc. Blackstone was first settled in 1662 and was officially incorporated in 1845. Initially, the town was part of Mendon, Massachusetts, before becoming a separate municipality. Prior to 1915, Blackstone contained the area to the west that would break away and become Millville, Massachusetts. Blackstone is within the area of the John H. Chaffee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 11.2 square miles (29 km2), of which 10.9 square miles (28 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), or 2.94%, is water. The Blackstone River, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, meanders west to southeast, on the south border of town.
The town is bordered by North Smithfield, Rhode Island and Woonsocket, Rhode Island to the south; Millville, Massachusetts to the west; Mendon, Massachusetts to the north, and Bellingham, Massachusetts (Norfolk County) to the east.
Named places in the town include:
- Blackstone Village
- Central Village
- East Blackstone
- Farnum's Gate
- Five Corners
- High Rocks
- New City
- Rural District
- Woonsocket Junction (New York and New England Railroad junction)
An East Blackstone railroad station was formerly located in Bellingham.
|* = population estimate.
Source: United States Census records and Population Estimates Program data.
As of the census of 2000, there were 8,804 people, 3,235 households, and 2,355 families residing in the town. The population density was 807.4 people per square mile (311.9/km²). There were 3,331 housing units at an average density of 305.5 per square mile (118.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.39% White, 0.33% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.03% of the population.
There were 3,235 households out of which 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.9% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.2% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.20.
In the town the population was spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 33.7% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $55,163, and the median income for a family was $61,633. Males had a median income of $42,100 versus $27,448 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,936. About 1.8% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over.
Blackstone, being part of the broader Blackstone-Millville Regional School District, is home to the Blackstone-Millville Regional High School, serving both the town of Blackstone and its western neighbor, Millville. The school mascot is the Charger. 54% of graduating students have attended a 4-year college or university, while another 26% have attended a junior college or other institution. 60% of high school juniors take the SAT, scoring an averages of 505 for verbal and 496 for math.
The high school is known in the region for its successful music program, including its competitive marching band. The Blackstone-Millville Regional High School Chargers Marching Band has traveled throughout North America for a variety of national competitions and parades, including the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Rose Parade, as well as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. In 2000 and 2001, they won 1st place at the United States Scholastic Band Association national finals in their division, led by then-drum major Nadiene Jacques. On April 7, 2013, the Blackstone-Millville Winter Percussion Ensemble won 1st place in their division at the New England Scholastic Band Association winter percussion finals. Additionally, in November 2015 the marching band took first place in the Division 4 Open USBands National Championship in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
In 2003, a new middle school was constructed, the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School, named after former superintendent of schools, Fred Hartnett. Blackstone is also home to the Augustine F. Maloney Elementary School, as well as the John F. Kennedy Elementary School.
Adjacent city and towns
- Woonsocket, Rhode Island
- Millville, Massachusetts
- North Smithfield, Rhode Island
- Mendon, Massachusetts
- Bellingham, Massachusetts
|County-level state agency heads|
|Clerk of Courts:||Dennis P. McManus (D)|
|District Attorney:||Joseph D. Early, Jr. (D)|
|Register of Deeds:||Anthony J. Vigliotti (D)|
|Register of Probate:||Stephanie K. Fattman (R)|
|County Sheriff:||Lew Evangelidis (R)|
|State Representative(s):||Joseph D. McKenna (R)|
|State Senator(s):||Ryan Fattman (R)|
|Governor's Councilor(s):||Jen Caissie (R)|
|U.S. Representative(s):||James P. McGovern (D-2nd District),|
|U.S. Senators:||Elizabeth Warren (D), Ed Markey (D)|
Investigators found the remains of three infants inside a squalid, vermin-infested home, located on St. Paul Street on 11 September 2014, two weeks after child welfare officials removed four children from the same address. The woman accused of these crimes, Erika L. Murray, a 31-year-old mother, is being held at a women’s prison in Framingham, and is set to appear in Uxbridge District Court October 14 on charges that include concealing fetal death and permitting substantial injury to a child. Meanwhile, the alleged father of Murray’s four living children, Ramon Rivera III, 37, an employee at the print and copy unit of Staples in Framingham, has not been charged with child endangerment or concealing deaths. He was accused of cultivating and possession of marijuana as a result of the search of the basement of the home on Aug. 28. The town held a vigil for the children on September 14.
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