Upton is a suburban community located in Worcester County 35 miles west of Boston and southeast of Worcester. The Town is 21.8 square miles in size, has approximately 7,540 residents. One of our notable residents was Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin.
During the 1980's Upton's population began to expand significantly, nearly doubling from the 3,884 persons counted in 1980, to the 7,542 counted in 2010. Residents looking to live in a small town with good schools to raise their children, open space, and within commuting distance to today's employers find our Town an appealing community. We still continue with many of our celebrations, church fairs, Heritage Day in the fall, a Memorial Day parade, honoring our Veterans of the many conflicts, and many groups of people sharing their common interests. Regardless of the changes, tradition is still prevalent in Upton.
Upton has worked hard to maintain its small town charm by managing growth, providing for open space, and providing services that ensure quality of life for all of our citizens. Today a significant portion of Upton's land area is protected as either State forest or by parcels purchased by the Town for permanent conservation. Upton has two excellent school systems, the Mendon Upton Regional School District serving both communities for students in kindergarten through high school, as well as Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School that is located in Upton serving 13 communities. Citizens also take pride in the recreation opportunities in Upton including Kiwanis Beach on Pratt Pond that offers swimming and athletic fields. Town services include a full-time police department with twelve sworn positions, a combination fire department (full-time and volunteer) that provides both fire and emergency management services, public works including water and wastewater services, library, the Council on Aging, and other related departments.
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