- Fitchburg, Massachusetts
official_name = Fitchburg, Massachusetts
nickname = River City
imagesize = 250px
image_caption = Coggeshall Park in Autumn
mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location in Worcester County in Massachusetts
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Worcester
government_type = Mayor-council city
leader_name1 = AT LARGE: Thomas J. Conry, Jr (President)
AT LARGE: Annie K. DeMartino
AT LARGE: Marcus DiNatale
AT LARGE: Stephan Hay
AT LARGE: Dean A. Tran
WARD 1: David Clark
WARD 2: Norman L. Boisvert
WARD 3: Joel R. Kaddy
WARD 4: Kevin Starr
WARD 5: Joseph Solomito
WARD 6: Jody M. Joseph
established_title = Settled
established_date = 1730
established_title2 = Incorporated
established_date2 = 1764
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 72.7
area_land_km2 = 71.9
area_water_km2 = 0.8
area_total_sq_mi = 28.1
area_land_sq_mi = 27.8
area_water_sq_mi = 0.3
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 39102
population_density_km2 = 543.8
population_density_sq_mi = 1408.5
timezone = Eastern
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = Eastern
utc_offset_DST = -4
latd = 42 |latm = 35 |lats = 00 |latNS = N
longd = 71 |longm = 48 |longs = 10 |longEW = W
elevation_m = 143
elevation_ft = 482
postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 01420
area_code = 351 / 978
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 25-23875
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0617121
website = [http://www.ci.fitchburg.ma.us/ www.ci.fitchburg.ma.us]
Fitchburg is a city in Worcester County,
Massachusetts, United States. The population was 39,102 at the 2000 census. Fitchburg is home to Fitchburg State College.
Fitchburg was first settled in 1730 and was officially incorporated in 1764. It is named for John Fitch, a settler. In 1748, Fitch and his family were abducted to
Canadaby Native Americans, but returned the next year.Fact|date=May 2008
Fitchburg is situated on both the
Nashua Riverand a railroadline. The original Fitchburg Railroadran through the Hoosac Tunnel, linking Boston and Albany, New York. The tunnel was built using the Burleigh Rock Drill, designed and built in Fitchburg. Fitchburg was a 19th century industrial center. Originally operated by water power, large mills produced machines, tools, clothing, paper, and firearms. The city is noted for its architecture, particularly in the Victorian style, built at the height of its mill townprosperity. As one of two shire towns "The Northern Worcester County Registry of Deeds", established in 1903, and the county jail on Water Street were two county facilities located in Fitchburg.
The 1959 film "
Return to Peyton Place" was filmed in Fitchburg.Fact|date=March 2008
Fitchburg is located at coor dms|42|34|43|N|71|48|12|W|city (42.578689, -71.803383)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 28.1 square miles (72.7 km²), of which, 27.8 square miles (71.9 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²) of it (1.07%) is water. The city is drained by the Nashua River. Fitchburg is very hilly and is often referred to as the second hilliest city in the United States following San Franciscoby some residents.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 39,102 people, 14,943 households, and 9,369 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 1,408.5 people per square mile (543.9/km²). There were 16,002 housing units at an average density of 576.4/sq mi (222.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 81.86% White, 3.65% African American, 0.35% Native American, 4.27% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 6.78% from other races, and 3.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.97% of the population. 16.4% were of French, 12.4% French Canadian, 10.5% Italian, 9.8% Irish and 5.7% English ancestry according to Census 2000. 77.2% spoke English, 13.4% Spanish, 3.2% French and 1.9% Hmong as their first language.
There were 14,943 households out of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.1% were married couples living together, 14.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.3% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.13.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 11.6% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $37,004, and the median income for a family was $43,291. Males had a median income of $35,855 versus $26,558 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $17,256. About 12.1% of families and 15.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.1% of those under age 18 and 11.2% of those age 65 or over.
Infobox Mass Town Govt
clerk_courts = Dennis P. McManus (D)
cty_treasurer = Position Eliminated
da = Joseph D. Early, Jr. (D)
deeds = Kathleen R. Daigneault (D)
probate = Stephen Abraham (D)
sheriff = Guy W. Glodis (D)
state_rep = Stephen L. DiNatale (D)
state_sen = Robert A. Antonioni (D)
gov_councilors = Thomas J. Foley (D)
John W. Olver(D-1st District),
Edward Kennedy(D) John Kerry(D)
Fitchburg has a rich football tradition, and every year they play cross-town rivals Leominster in the Thanksgiving day game, which is a proud member of a
list of high school football rivalriesin the United States.
* South Fitchburg School (
* Goodrich School (
* Crocker Elementary School
* McKay Elementary School
* Reingold Elementary School
* South Street School
* North Central Charter Essential School
* Academy Middle School
* B.F. Brown Middle School
* Memorial Middle School
* Fitchburg High School
* Fitchburg Evening Alternative High School
* Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School, also called "Monty Tech"Private Schools:
* Notre Dame Preparatory School
* St. Anthony di Padua Elementary School
* St. Bernard's Elementary School
* St. Bernard's Central Catholic High School
* St. Joseph's Elementary School (Closed in 2007)
Fitchburg State College
Transportation for Fitchburg is supplied by the
Montachusett Regional Transit Authority(MART), MBTA, and various cab companies. MART has 4 bus routes in Fitchburg, two of which overlap into Leominster. [MART system Map & Schedule, Fitchburg/Leominster] The MBTA operates a Commuter train to Boston's North Station.
* Throughout the early Twentieth Century, Fitchburg was known for its paper industry which occupied the banks of the Nashua River and employed a large segment of the European immigrant population. It has been noted by many residents in Fitchburg, that the Nashua river would be dyed the color the paper mills had been coloring the paper that day.
* Founded in 1939, the
Wachusett Potato Chip Company, Inc. purchased the former County Jail buildings and grounds in the 1940s and has operated as a manufacturing and distributing facility for snack products since that time.
* Two truck manufacturing firms, the Wachusett Truck Company and the New England Truck Company operated in Fitchburg during the early twentieth century.
* The Iver Johnson Arms and Cycle Works made motorcycles for a short time, in addition to their primary products, firearms and bicycles.
Assumption Life, a large financial servicescompany was founded in Fitchburg in 1903 before moving to Moncton, New Brunswick.
Points of interest
* [http://fitchburghistory.fsc.edu/ Fitchburg Historical Society]
Fitchburg Art Museum
* Coggshall Park
Wallace Civic Center
Mike Barnicle, newspaper writer
Orlando P. Boss, Medal of Honor recipient - Civil War
Ken Bouchardand Ron Bouchard, NASCARdrivers
Everett Francis Briggs, Catholic priest, born in Fitchburg, whose life's mission was dedicated to the victims of Monongah Mining Disaster
* Bruce Gordon, actor,
Ishtar, " Adam-12", " Bonanza", " Get Smart", and "The Untouchables"
Art Longsjo, Winter and Summer Olympian; Fitchburg Longsjo Classicis held in his memory
Pat Moran, Major League ballplayer, and manager of the Philadelphia Philliesand the 1919 World SeriesChampion Cincinnati Reds.
* James "Nixey" Callahan, Major League Baseball pitcher around the turn of the 20th century, later manager of the
Chicago White Sox.
George Noory, host of Coast to Coast AMspent some years in Fitchburg and occasionally mentions the city on his show.
Amerie, (Amerie Marie Mi Rogers) Singer & Actress
Marion Rice, Denishawn dancer, teacher, choreographer, producer.
Carolyn Brown, , author, modern dancer with Merce CunninghamDance Company.
* [http://www.ci.fitchburg.ma.us/ Fitchburg official website]
* [http://www.DiscoverFitchburg.com/ Fitchburg Economic Development Office]
* [http://www.DiscoverFitchburg.com/Riverfront_Park.html Fitchburg Riverfront Park]
* [http://www.fitchburgpride.com/ Fitchburg Pride]
* [http://www.fatv.org/ Fitchburg Access Television]
* [http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/ Sentinel & Enterprise]
*" [http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/1/4/6/8/14689/14689-h/14689-h.htm#toc_9 Fitchburg in 1885] ", article in the "Bay State Monthly", from
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
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