Marlborough (often spelled Marlboro) is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 38,499 at the 2010 census. Marlborough became a prosperous industrial town in the 19th century and made the transition to high technology industry in the late 20th century after the construction of the Massachusetts Turnpike.
Marlborough was declared a town in 1660. It was incorporated as a city in 1890 when it changed its Municipal charter from a New England town meeting system to a Mayor–council government.
The construction of Interstates 495 and 290 and the Massachusetts Turnpike has enabled Marlborough to begin its fifth century on the cutting edge of a new industry: high technology and specialized electronics. Today, thousands flock here to work at TJX, Raytheon, Hewlett-Packard,AMD, Sun Microsystems, Navilyst Medical, Netezza, Boston Scientific, Sunovion (formerly Sepracor), 3Com, AT&T, Apple, Egenera, Evergreen Solar, The Butcher Corp (Butchers Bowling Alley Wax), Fidelity Investments, Quest Diagnostics, Lucent Technologies, and the many other (e.g., electronics, BIO Tech, Life Science, medical, cloud storage, and computer firms) that provide the strong business community in the city. Because of the city's central location with easy access to major highways and the pro-business, pro-development policies of the city government, the population of Marlborough has more than doubled in the last 25 years to over 38,000 at the time of the last census.
As of the census of 2000, there were 36,255 people, 14,501 households, and 9,280 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,719.4 people per square mile (663.7/km²). There were 14,903 housing units at an average density of 706.8 per square mile (272.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.70%White, 2.17% African American, 0.20% Native American, 3.76% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 3.27% fromother races, and 2.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.06% of the population.
There were 14,501 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.07.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 36.7% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $56,879, and the median income for a family was $70,385. Males had a median income of $49,133 versus $32,457 for females. The per capita income for the city was $28,723. About 4.7% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.9% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those aged 65 or over.
Points of Interest
- Brigham Cemetery
- Callahan State Park
- Capt. Peter Rice House
- John Brown Bell
- Maplewood Cemetery
- Marlboro Airport
- Marlborough Center Historic District
- New England Sports Center
- Robin Hill Cemetery
- Rocklawn Cemetery
- Solomon Pond Mall
- Weeks Cemetery
- Wilson Cemetery
- Horatio Alger, Jr., author, graduated from high school in Marlborough in 1847 (The city's annual Horatio Alger Street Fair was renamed the Harvest Fair in 2007.)
- Asa Brigham, politician and businessman
- Carl C. Brigham, psychologist and creator of the SAT Tests
- Joey Graceffa, actor, author, singer, and YouTube personality
- John Buckley, baseball pitcher
- Mike Burns, Olympian and World Cup soccer player
- Rich Busa, marathon runner
- Bobby Butler, NHL hockey player
- Marcia Cross, actress best known for her role in Desperate Housewives; graduated from Marlborough High School in 1980
- Aaron Dalbec, guitarist in bands including Converge and Bane
- Crystal Eastman, lawyer, journalist and activist
- Charles "Duke" Farrell, catcher of the World Series–winning Boston Americans team of 1903
- Philo C. Fuller, former US Congressman
- Gilman Bigelow Howe, genealogist and author
- James Simon Kunen, author of The Strawberry Statement: Notes of a College Revolutionary
- Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
- John J. Mitchell, former U.S. Congressman
- Robert J. Murray, Under Secretary of the Navy
- Roy Nutt, businessman and computer pioneer
- George Pyne II, American football player
- Ken Reynolds, Major League Baseball player
- Edmund Rice, co-founder and early resident
- Franklin Pierce Rice, printer, publisher and antiquarian
- Henry Rice, Massachusetts state legislator and subject of Gilbert Stuart portrait
- John Rock, gynecologist and obstetrician, co-credited with developing the first effective oral contraceptive, the Pill
- Lucy Goodale Thurston, missionary
- John Patrick Treacy, Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse
- Bobb Trimble, musician
- Paul Warnke, diplomat
- Hayden Voss, star of Big Brother season 16
Marlborough's Current Listings
Updated: 23rd March, 2019 6:35 AM.