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Government
Geography
Demographics
Housing Characteristics
Education
Economic Statistics
Transportation
Arts, Culture, and Recreation
Other Statistics


Government

   Main Number: (978) 897-4514

Type of Government

   Board of Selectmen                        



   Town Administrator                        



   Open Town Meeting

Year Incorporated

   As a town: 1683

Registered Voters (Secretary of State, 1994)

                                                        Number     %
Total Registered...........................3506
Democrates..................................621          17.1
Republicans.................................554           15.8
Other parties...............................0                00.0
Unenrolled voters......................2,331        66.5%

Legislators

Federal

U.S.  Senator
Edward M. Kennedy-D             
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4543
Fax: (202) 224-2417 U.S. Senator John F. Kerry-D                 304 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2742
Fax: (202) 224-8525 U.S. Congressman (5th Dist) Martin T. Meehan-D U.S. House of Representatives
2229 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3411
Fax: (202) 226-0771
State State Senator Pamela P. Resor
Room 410
State House
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: (617) 722-1120
Fax: (617) 722-1089          
State Representative Patricia A. Walrath
Room 481
State House
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: (617) 722-2180



Geography of Stow

Location

Eastern Massachusetts, bordered by Hudson on the south, Bolton and Harvard on   
the west, Boxborough and Acton on the north, and Maynard and Sudbury on the     
east. Stow is about 25 miles northwest of Boston, 28 miles northeast of         
Worcester, and 200 miles from New York City.

Total Area: 18.09 sq. miles

Land Area: 17.62 sq. miles

Population: 5,328

Density: 302 per sq. mile

Climate
(National Climatic Data Center)

(Framingham Station)

   Normal temperature in January.......24.7F  



   Normal temperature in July............72.9F  



   Normal annual precipitation...........44.9"

U.S.G.S. Topographical Plates

   Hudson, Maynard

Regional Planning Agency

   Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Metropolitan Statistical Area
(1993 Definition)

   Boston

Demographics of Stow

Population Trends(M.I.S.E.R.)

                                Persons        % change
   1980                           5,144
   1990                           5,328           3.6
   2000                           5,710           7.2
   2010                           5,805           1.7

Persons by Sex (1990 US Census)

   Male                           2,667
   Female                         2,661

Age Distribution (1990 US Census)

                                Persons          % 
   Under 5                          419         7.9
   5-14                             760        14.3
   15-44                          2,519        47.3
   45-64                          1,260        23.6
   65 & over                        370         6.9

Vital Statistics (Dept. of Public Health 1995)

                                            Statewide
 1993 Resident Births             69
     per 1,000 women 15-44        50.1          57.9
 1993 Resident Deaths             26
    per 100,000 residents        457           913

Race & Ethnicity (1990 US Census)

                                Persons           % 
   White                          5,158         96.8
   Black                             12          0.2
   Am. Indian, Eskimo or Aleut       14          0.3
   Asian or Pacific Islander         76          1.4
   Hispanic Origin                   67          1.3
   Other                              1          0.0

Households (1990 US Census)

                                               % change
   1980                           1,574
   1990                           1,793        +13.9

Household Size (1990 US Census)

   2.96 persons per household

Households by Type (1990 US Census)

                                Households       %
   Married Couple Family             1,325     73.9
   Male Householder                     37      2.1
   Female Householder                   97      5.4
   Non-Family Household                334     18.6

Income Distribution (1990 US Census)

                                Households        %
   Less than $5,000                 16          0.9
   $5,000 - $9,999                  43          2.4
   $10,000 - $24,999               188         10.5
   $25,000 - $34,999               134          7.5
   $35,000 - $49,999               222         12.4
   $50,000 - $74,999               430         24.0
   $75-000 - $99,999               369         20.6
   $100,000 or more                383         21.4

Median Household Income $66,292

   state rank                             11
   % of state average                  179.4%

Per Capita Income $25,244

   state rank                             30
   % of state average                  146.6%

Sources of Income (1990 US Census)

                                Number of      Average
                                Households     Income
   Wage & salary                    1,574      $70,639
   Nonfarm self-employed              299       24,131
   Farm self-employed                  24       15,104
   Social Security                    278        8,127
   Public assistance                   40        7,780
   Retirement                         206        8,999
   Interest                         1,123        8,310
   Other                              154        3,598

Poverty Status (1990 US Census)

                                               Statewide
   Persons for whom
   status determined                5,303     5,812,415                          
   Below poverty level                 86     519,339                            
                                     1.6%     8.9%

Housing Characteristics of Stow

Housing Units (1990 US Census)

                               Units              %
   Total Units                  1,853
   Total Occupied               1,793
     owner occupied             1,564            87.2
     renter occupied              229            12.8
   Total vacant                    60
     for sale                      18            30.0
     for rent                       9            15.0
     other vacant                  33            55.0
   Owner Vacancy Rate                             1.1
   Rental Vacancy Rate                            3.8
   Median Value (owner occupied)             $235,400
   Median Contract Rent (renter occupied)        $659

Value: Value is the Census respondent's estimate of how much the property, including lot, would sell for if it were for sale.

Type of Structure (1990 US Census)

                               Units              %
   Single Unit                  1,715             92.6
   2-4 Units                       68              3.7
   5 or More Units                 55              3.0
   Other                           15              0.8

Year Structure Built (1990 US Census)

                               Units              %
   1989-March 1990                 11              0.6
   1980-1988                      234             12.6
   1970-1979                      503             27.1
   1960-1969                      272             14.7
   1950-1959                      301             16.2
   1940-1949                       96              5.2
   1939 or earlier                436             23.5

Home Sales (Banker & Tradesman)

                              Number            % change
   1990                            52           -11.9
   1991                            88            69.2
   1992                           117            33.0
   1993                           125             6.8
   1994                           118            -5.6

Home Sales & Home Prices: Data for all transactions between $25,000 and $1,000,000. Condominium sales and prices are included.

Median Sales Price (Banker & Tradesman)

                              Price             % change
   1990                       178,500           -17.7
   1991                       187,500             5.0
   1992                       175,000            -6.7
   1993                       175,000             0.0
   1994                       194,500            11.1

Residential Building Permits (US Census Bureau 1994)

   (New Construction)         Single            Multi
                              Family            Family
   1990                       5                 60   
   1991                       21                0    
   1992                       24                0    
   1993                       37                0    
   1994                       20                0

Subsidized Housing Units (DHCD 1993)

   Aggregate Number           110    
   % Subsidized               6.00

Subsidized Housing Units: The number of housing units which count toward the municipality's 10% goal for low- and moderate-income housing. It includes both subsidized affordable units and market rate units in certain eligible subsidized developments.

Public Housing Units (DHCD 1993)

   Conventional State         0      
   Conventional Federal       0

Rental Assistance (DHCD 1994)

   State (MRVP)                    11
   Federal (Section 8)             24

Education Statistics for Stow

Student Population (Dept. of Education)

   Total students 91/92                      957
    at public schools                        93.9%
    at private schools                        6.1%

Pupil Cost (Dept. of Education)

   Integrated Per Pupil Cost 91/92           $6,393
    state average                            $5,034
Educational Attainment (1990 US Census)
   High School Graduate or Higher                         91.4%
   Bachelor's Degree or Higher                            46.4%

School District Membership (Dept. of Education)

    Stow                                    (K-08) 
    Nashoba                                 (09-12)
    Minuteman                               (09-13)

School Enrollment (Dept. of Education)

                              Enrollment    Change        Statewide
                                94/95       1981-95 
   Stow                        0            ---.-%        -10.2%
   Nashoba                     2,569        189.3% 
   Minuteman                   832          -31.4%

Dropout Rate (Dept. of Education)

                                            Rate 93/94    Statewide
   Stow                                       0.0%         3.7%
   Nashoba                                    2.7%  
   Minuteman                                  0.9%

Average Teacher Salary(Dept. of Education)

                                            Salary 93/94  Statewide
   Stow                                       $38,078      $39,023
   Nashoba                                    $39,626
   Minuteman                                  $43,709
Public Schools (Dept. of Education)
     Stow                                            
             Pompositticut                   K-03    
             Hale                           07-08    
     Nashoba                                         
             Nashoba Regional               09-12    
     Minuteman                                       
             Minute Man Voc Tech High       09-13

Colleges and Universities (Higher Education Coordinating Council)

    None

For further school district information contact:

Information & Outreach Services
Department of Education
350 Main Street
Malden, MA 02148
Phone: (781) 388-3300


Economic Statistics for Stow
 
 

ECONOMIC BASE

Labor Force (1990 US Census)

   Employed                                3,021
   Unemployed                                 38
   Unemployment Rate                        1.2%
     statewide                              6.7%

Industry Groups of Residents (1990 US Census)

   Agriculture                                77
   Mining                                      6
   Construction                              169
   Manufacturing                             971
   Transportation & Communication             65
   Wholesale & Retail Trade                  436
   Finance, Insurance & Real Estate          185
   Government                                122
   Services                                  990
   Total                                   3,021

EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL & SALES

Average Annual Employment by Place of Work (Dept. of Employment & Training 1993)

   Agriculture                                33
   Mining                                      0
   Construction                              102
   Manufacturing                             155
   Transportation & Communication             12
   Wholesale & Retail Trade                  906
   Finance, Insurance & Real Estate           37
   Government                                213
   Services                                  381
   Total                                    1839

Total Annual Payroll ($,000) 78,229
Average Annual Wage ($) 42,539
Number of Establishments 175

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS
(Supplied by community 1999)

Stow Business Association
P. O. Box 407
Stow, Massachusetts 01775
(978) 897-2408
http://www.stowbusassoc.org


Transportation in Stow
 
 

TRANSPORTATION AND ACCESS

   Stow is situated in the Greater Boston Area, which has excellent rail, air,
   and highway facilities. State Route 128 and Interstate Route 495 divide the
   region into inner and outer zones, which are connected by numerous "spokes"
   providing direct access to the airport, port, and intermodal facilities of 
   Boston. (DHCD)

Major Highways

   Principal highways are State Routes 62 and 117, which forms an interchange 
   with Interstate Route 495, the outer belt around Boston, in neighboring    
   Bolton. (DHCD)

Rail

   Stow has no passenger or freight rail service, but the network of          
   intermodal facilities serving eastern Massachusetts is easily accessible. (DHCD)
The South Acton MBTA Commuter Rail station is located in neighboring Acton.

Bus

   Stow is not affiliated with a regional transit authority. (DHCD)

Other

   Minute Man Airport, a Reliever (RL) facility, is located 2 mi. N of Stow.  
   It has a 1,600'x 50' gravel runway and a 2,743'x 50' asphalt runway.       
   Instrument approaches available:  Non-precision.  (DHCD)

Commuting to Work (1990 US Census)

    Drove alone                      82.1%
    Carpools                          6.9%
    Public transportation             3.0%
    Other means                       0.5%
    Walked or worked at  home         7.3%
    Average time to work (mins)       25.1


LAND USE CLASSIFICATION
(Office of Environmental Affairs 1985)*

                               Acres
    Residential                 1,813     15.7%
    Commercial                    114      1.0%
    Industrial                     22      0.2%
    Transportation                 50      0.4%
    Agriculture                   992      8.6%
    Urban Open Land               232      2.0%
    Recreation                    359      3.1%
    Water                         178      1.5%
    Other                       7,786     67.4%
*updated 1992

ZONING REGULATIONS
(Supplied by community 1993)

                               Single     Two       Multi
                               Family   Family     Family
    Minimum lot size (sf)      65,340   65,340     n/a                      
                                        w/sp   
    Minimum lot width                   per    
    or frontage (ft)           200      200        n/a     
                                        w/sp

GROWTH MANAGEMENT
(Supplied by community 1993)

    Comprehensive Plans                     Yes 
    Rent Control                            No  
    Condominium Controls                    No  
    Groundwater Protection                  Yes 
    Subdivision Control Laws                Yes 
    Site Plan Approval Required             Yes 
    Other Growth Limits                     Yes 
      Control Formula Provision Zoning By-Laws                    



Arts, Culture, and Recreation in Stow

LIBRARIES
(Board of Library Commissioners 1993/94)

   Randall Memorial Library                 
   19 Crescent St.                          
   (978) 897-8572

                                Statewide
Total Holdings         32,333
   per capita            5.98        4.91
Total Circulation      85,799
   per capita           15.81        7.02

MUSEUMS
(American Association of Museums)

  Historical Society Museum                                        
   Randall Library                                                  
   19 Crescent Street                                               
   (978) 897-8572

  Stow West School Museum                                              Harvard Road                                                         (978) 897-7417

RECREATION

Recreation Department
(Supplied by community 1993)

   Recreation Commission                                                           
   Box 261                                                                         
   Stow, MA

Recreational Facilities
(Department of Environment Management)
Largest recreational sites, and activities:

   Natick Labs Land  (1,036 acres)                                  
   cross country skiing, hiking, horseback riding, nature observing,
   picnicking
                                                

   Delaney Flood Control  (581 acres)                               
   boating-non motor, fresh water fishing, nature observing,        
   picnicking, walking/jogging
                             
   Stow Acres Country Club  (550 acres)                             
   golf

  Sudbury State Forest  (534 acres)                                
   atv motoring, bicycling, boating-non motor, cross country skiing,
   fresh water fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, nature   
   observing, snowmobiling, walking/jogging
                   
   Gardner Hill Land  (324 acres)                                   
   atv motoring, bicycling, boating-non motor, camping, cross       
   country skiing, fresh water fishing, hiking, horseback riding,   
   motor boating, nature observing, picnicking, snowmobiling
   
   Marble Hill Land  (249 acres)                                    
   cross country skiing, hiking, horseback riding, nature observing,
   picnicking

                                                  
   Delaney W.M.A.  (170 acres)                                      
   bicycling, boating-non motor, camping, cross country skiing,     
   fresh water fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, ice      
   skating, nature observing, picnicking, snowmobiling, target      
   archery


                                                    
   Butternut Farm Golf Club  (100 acres)                            
   golf

Other Statistics for Stow
 
 

UTILITIES
(Office of Business Development)

   Electric                  Hudson Light & Power Dept.                  



   Gas                       NStar Gas                       



   Sewer                     No Municipal Service                        



   Water Sources             Ground

PUBLIC SAFETY
(Office of Public Safety 1993)

                                      Statewide

Total Crimes Reported       57 
 rate per 1,000 persons  10.70          47.95
 change from 1992 (%)       -5             -5
Violent Crimes               2 
 rate per 1,000 persons   0.38           7.13
 change from 1992 (%)        0             -3
Property Crimes             55 
 rate per 1,000 persons  10.32          40.82
 change from 1992 (%)       -5             -5

WELFARE ASSISTANCE
(Department of Public Welfare 1994)

                                                         Cases
Cash Assistance
Refugee Assistance                                           0  
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) - Aged                    9  
Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC)              17  
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) - Disabled               22  
Emergency Aid (formerly General Relief)                      6  
Medicaid Only                                                   
Aged                                                         6  
Families                                                    10  
Disabled                                                     7  
Children                                                     0  
Food Stamps Only                                             8  
Total                                                       85

DPW caseloads are compiled by zip code. The cases shown are for the zip code(s) in which the community is located, and may include cases for other communities with the same code. (DHCD)


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