About North Attleboro

About North Attleboro

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History of the Town
About the Schools
Demographics of North Attleboro
Government in North Attleboro
Recreation in North Attleboro

About the Town of North Attleboro

North Attleborough, more commonly referred to as North Attleboro, is a town in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States.

In 2010, at the last census the population was 28,712.

North Attleboro has a total area of 19.0 square miles . The town is roughly quadrilateral-shaped, and makes the northwest corner of Bristol County.

The zip code for North Attleboro is 02760

The town is bordered by:
Cumberland, Rhode Island

Some of the villages in North Attleboro are:
Attleborough Falls
Sheldonville Farms

North Attleboro in Relation to Boston, Providence and Worcester

The town is located 16 miles north of Providence, Rhode Island, 38 miles southwest of Boston and 42 miles southeast of Worcester, Massachusetts.

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History of North Attleboro

North Attleborough was formerly a part of Attleborough was predominantly an town on the Rhode Island border.

In pre-Colonial times, it was the site of the Bay Path, a major Indian trail to Narragansett Bay, the Seekonk River and Boston.

John Woodcock and family established a small settlement in North Attleborough in 1669, which subsisted on agriculture, fishing and hunting. By 1670, Woodcock had received a license to open a tavern. The settlement was attacked during King Philip’s War, with two killed and one home burned, but the garrison house which Woodcock had built survived the attack. The Woodcock-Garrison house was used as sleeping quarters for George Washington on his army’s march to Boston to rid the city of General Thomas Gage’s troops. The Garrison house is still open for tours and is an especially popular destination for field trips by local school children.

In the twentieth century, North Attleborough was home at various times to the jewelry firms Jostens, the world’s largest class ring manufacturer and the Balfour Company, prominent maker of championship rings including for the National Football League’s Super Bowl champions and Major League Baseball’s World Series’ winners.

Through the 19th century there was tremendous growth and innovation in the jewelry industry and the number of firms in the town increased sharply. By 1855, there were 24 shops making almost $1 million in jewelry in both Attleborough and North Attleborough. The American Civil War spurred their growth with profitable U.S. Army orders for badges and medals. In 1887, North Attleboro was officially incorporated as a town. Today it is a thriving center of business and commerce with a small industrial park and many shops , stores and The Emerald Square Mall along US Route 1 which travels through the center of town.

In 2006, North Attleborough was rated in the top ten for professional sports communities in the entire country and was also listed as one of the most affordable and safest places to raise a family.

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Demographics of North Attleboro

North Attleboro Demographics by CLRsearch.com

At the 2000 census,[9] there were 27,143 people, 10,391 households and 7,232 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,456.0 per square mile (562.2/km²). There were 10,635 housing units at an average density of 570.5 per square mile (220.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.97% White, 0.92% African American, 0.12% Native American, 1.71% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.32% of the population.
There were 10,391 households of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 24.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.15.

Age distribution was 26.9% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 34.4% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.3 males.

The median household income was $59,371, and the median family income was $69,461. Males had a median income of $47,645 versus $31,522 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,974. About 2.7% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.  You can see more demographic information about North Attleboro on Wikipedia
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Government in North Attleboro

North Attleboro Town Hall

North Attleborough has a representative town meeting form of government, with an elected board of selectmen and a town administrator appointed by the selectmen.  Here is Official North Attleborough town web site

The North Attleborough Police Department is located downtown in the old H.F. Barrows Manufacturing Company Building at 102 South Washington St.

There are three fire stations, located downtown on Elm Street just off Route 1, Allen Ave behind Emerald Square Mall and on Route 152 in the eastern portion of town.

The Town of North Attleboro’s Library is The Richard’s Memorial Library which is located at 118 North Washington Street.

There are also two post offices, downtown (using the 02760 ZIP code) and in Attleboro Falls (02763).

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About North Attleboro Schools

North Attleboro Public schools

The town has its own school department, led by Superintendent of Schools Suzan Cullen since May 2011. Superintendent Cullen announced her retirement at the end of January 2017. In December 2016 the School Committee voted, after a screening process from dozens of applicants, to appoint Assistant Superintendent Scott Holcomb, Superintendent effective February 1, 2017. The Superintendent is appointed by an elected School Committee of 7 serving staggered three year terms. Schools are funded by local RTM appropriation of available funds raised from local taxes and State aid. Between 2002 through 2012 State aid has been reduced by over $1,000,000.00 annually. Between 2012 and 2014 the School Committee has imposed fees for student parking, student activities, busing, and full day kindergarten to address the lack of operating revenue. Resulting in over $600,000 annually from fees, the North Attleborough school System remains one of the lowest funded schools, based on per pupil expenditure, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Efforts to raise revenue by increases in local taxes failed by a 2-1 margin in 2013, and again in 2015, albeit by a much narrower margin. As a result, Allen Avenue Elementary School was closed at the conclusion of the 2014-2015 school year and about 900 elementary school students in all parts of town were redistricted to new elementary schools. According to The Sun Chronicle,[13] enrollment in the North Attleborough Public Schools dropped by 165 in the 2015-16 school year, largely due to an unusually high number of high school students opting to attend nearby private or technical schools in light of the budget issues.

The high school’s official team mascot is the Red Rocketeers, a name which comes from North Attleborough’s unique red rocks found only in northern Bristol County and Cumberland, RI, and the school colors are red and white.

The town’s sports teams are also often nicknamed “The Rockets” or “Big Red” and North Attleboro is sometimes referred to as “Big Red Country” due to its proud history of a strong athletic department backed by widespread local and loyal school spirit. North Attleboro High School sports teams compete in the Kelley-Rex (or large school) division of the Hockomock League, consisting of area high schools including rivals Attleboro and Mansfield High Schools. NAHS’s chief rival is Attleboro High School. The football teams play each other twice a year, once during the regular season and once on Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving location alternates each year and the regular season game is held at the opposite site. Almost all other sports play each team in the Kelley-Rex division twice per season and each team in the Davenport (or small school) division once in the regular season. NAHS boasts a tradition of winning sports teams and regularly competes in state playoffs.
High school students may also choose to attend Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School, located in Franklin and including communities in Bristol, Norfolk and Middlesex Counties. Students are also able to attend Bristol County Agricultural High School in Dighton.

The North Attleboro public school system consists of:

The Early Learning Center (Preschool) Falls School (Grades K-5)
Amvet Boulevard School (Grades K-5) Joseph W. Martin, Jr. Elementary School (Grades K-5)
Community School (Grades K-5) Roosevelt Avenue School (Grades K-5)
North Attleborough Middle School (Grades 6-8)
North Attleborough High School (Grades 9-12)

Private schools in North Attleboro

The town is home to one Catholic K-8 school, Saint Mary-Sacred Heart School. The nearest private high school is Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro, a Catholic high school.

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Recreation in North Attleboro

WWI Park & Zoo

365 Elmwood Avenue in North Attleboro

One of the more popular venues in the Town of North Attleboro is the WWI Park and Zoo.  This parks features several play areas and a petting zoo.

Park History

The WWI Memorial Zoo was started in 1968 with only 2 deer. In 1970, a memorial was dedicated to Pvt. Edward P. Nolan as his efforts were instrumental in the establishment of the WWI Park. We now have grown to much more.

There are a few playground areas, including the big slide in the popular Julia’s Garden for everyone to enjoy. You’ll have lots of fun at the large playground across from the fire tower. There is also a small playground for the younger kids right next to the zoo building. The newest spot is the “Beach Area,” it has a little board walk and lots of sand castle toys and shovels.

There are plenty of things to see and do the next time you come to the Park. The park staff works hard to maintain the Park and make it an enjoyable place to visit.

Bring your family and friends and spend the afternoon or the day.

Remember to bring the camera!

Some of the resident animal friends include ducks, peacocks, pheasants, deer, miniature horses, donkeys, llamas, emus, goats, sheep, pigs and more.

Walk the nature trails in the Park and Arboretum; be sure to look for signs of wildlife. Within the Park, you may see wild turkeys, fox, wild deer, woodchucks, squirrels, chipmunks, and rabbits. Also, you will find many different types of birds.

The WWI Park and Zoo also hosts birthday parties. Here are some details in case you want to get in touch with North Attlebro Parks and Rec.

Have a birthday coming up? Book your birthday party with us. We offer guided tours of animals inside and outside, Jump-a-Roo rental, & rental of the building and picnic tables. Call us today to save your date! 508-699-0129.

At the top of the park is a fire tower  near the playground parking lot. This  is a great lookout point as the park is located 390 feet above sea level and is the highest point in Bristol County.

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