Tyngsborough, Massachusetts

Tyngsborough, Massachusetts

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Tyngsborough, Massachusetts
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map_caption = Location in Middlesex County in Massachusetts

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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = Massachusetts
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Middlesex
established_title = Settled
established_date = 1661
established_title2 = Incorporated
established_date2 = 1809
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government_type = Open town meeting
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area_total_km2 = 46.7
area_total_sq_mi = 18.1
area_land_km2 = 43.7
area_land_sq_mi = 16.9
area_water_km2 = 3.1
area_water_sq_mi = 1.2
population_as_of = 2007
settlement_type = Town
population_total = 11,860
population_density_km2 = 271.4
population_density_sq_mi = 701.8
elevation_m = 47
timezone = Eastern
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = Eastern
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elevation_ft = 154
latd = 42 |latm = 40 |lats = 18 |latNS = N
longd = 71 |longm = 25 |longs = 1 |longEW = W
website = http://www.tyngsboroughmass.com/
postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 01879
area_code = 351 / 978
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Tyngsborough (also spelled Tyngsboro and rhymes with KINGS-burro) is a town located in the northwest section of Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Composed of 17.86 square miles of land and surface water, Tyngsborough borders the towns of Dunstable, Groton, Westford, Chelmsford, Dracut, and the City of Lowell, as well as the New Hampshire communities of Hudson, Pelham, and the City of Nashua. Tyngsborough is under 40 miles from Boston along the recently widened Route 3 corridor. The town calls itself 'The Gateway to the White Mountains' of New Hampshire, which is the source of the Merrimack River that bisects the town. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 11,081 but has experienced a tremendous burst in residential construction in the last 20 years as part of Greater Boston.


, Tyngsborough became a town.

After Tyngsborough was incorporated it became known for its ferries which travelled up and down the Merrimack River, the quarries that produced granite, and several box companies that started in town. As the town developed, Tyngsborough became a vacation community and had a large seasonal resident population even up until the late 1960s. Today, Tyngsborough is primarily a bedroom community, part of Greater Lowell and the Nashua, New Hampshire region, as well as being an easy commute to the Boston area. The town is probably best known today for its green painted single-arched iron bridge over the Merrimack. Constructed in the early 1930s as a replacement for an earlier wooden planked structure, this bridge has become the town's emblem, and more practically, a major river crossing for residents of Massachusetts and New Hampshire alike. Having fallen into serious disrepair, the green bridge has been replaced by a temporary structure while work is done to restore the former.


Tyngsborough is a very competitive high school when it comes to sports. Tyngsborough High School has just entered a new and difficult league called the Dual County League. In Football, they are Division 1A and had a transition year in 2007 with a 5-6 record. In Hockey, they went to the playoffs in 2007 but lost to Lowell 3-1 in the state quarter finals. The Girls Cross Country team won the MIAA Eastern Mass Cross Country Division IV Championship in November of 2003.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 18.0 square miles (46.7 km²), of which, 16.9 square miles (43.7 km²) of it is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²) of it (6.65%) is water. Besides a series of lakes and ponds that spot Tyngsborough the town is split in two by the Merrimack River which runs roughly north-south close to the center of town. The land is mostly rolling hills, small cleared fields, and quite a bit of wooded land. Marshlands can also be found in the area although they are not as prevalent as in the surrounding towns.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 11,081 people, 3,731 households, and 2,947 families residing in the town. The population density was 657.4 people per square mile (253.8/km²). There were 3,806 housing units at an average density of 225.8/sq mi (87.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.63% White, 0.50% African American, 0.23% Native American, 2.48% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.11% of the population.

There were 3,731 households out of which 44.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.5% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.0% were non-families. 16.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.37.

In the town the population was spread out with 30.3% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 35.7% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 6.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $69,818, and the median income for a family was $78,680. Males had a median income of $46,942 versus $33,396 for females. The per capita income for the town was $27,249. About 4.0% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.


Further reading

* [http://www.salemdeeds.com/atlases_results.asp?ImageType=index&atlastype=MassWorld&atlastown=&atlas=MASSACHUSETTS+1871&atlas_desc=MASSACHUSETTS+1871 "1871 Atlas of Massachusetts".] by Wall & Gray. [http://www.salemdeeds.com/atlases_pages.asp?ImageName=PAGE_0010_0011.jpg&atlastype=MassWorld&atlastown=&atlas=MASSACHUSETTS+1871&atlas_desc=MASSACHUSETTS+1871&pageprefix= Map of Massachusetts.] [http://www.salemdeeds.com/atlases_pages.asp?ImageName=PAGE_0044_0045.jpg&atlastype=MassWorld&atlastown=&atlas=MASSACHUSETTS+1871&atlas_desc=MASSACHUSETTS+1871&pageprefix= Map of Middlesex County.]
* "History of Middlesex County, Massachusetts", [http://books.google.com/books?id=QGolOAyd9RMC&dq=intitle:History+intitle:of+intitle:Middlesex+intitle:County+intitle:Massachusetts&lr=&num=50&as_brr=0&source=gbs_other_versions_sidebar_s&cad=5 Volume 1 (A-H)] , [http://books.google.com/books?id=hNaAnwRMedUC&pg=PA506&dq=intitle:History+intitle:of+intitle:Middlesex+intitle:County+intitle:Massachusetts&lr=&num=50&as_brr=0#PPA3,M1 Volume 2 (L-W)] compiled by Samuel Adams Drake, published 1879-1880. 572 and 505 pages. [http://books.google.com/books?id=hNaAnwRMedUC&pg=PA506&dq=History+of+Middlesex+County,+Massachusetts#PPA391,M1 Tyngsborough article] by Rev. Elias Nason in volume 2 pages 391-399.

External links

* [http://www.tyngsboroughmass.com/ Tyngsborough official website]
* [http://www.lowellsun.com/ "The Lowell Sun" (Newspaper) website]
* [http://www.mma.org/ Massachusetts Municipal Association website]
* [http://www.tyngsborough200.com/ Tyngsborough official bicentenial website]
* [http://www.tyngsboroughps.org/ Tyngsborough Public Schools website]
* [http://www.tynglib.org/ Tyngsborough Public Library]

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