Main Page | See live article | Alphabetical index

Acton, Massachusetts

Acton is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts about 24 miles west-northwest of Boston along Massachusetts Route 2 beyond Concord. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 20,331.

Table of contents
1 History
2 Geography
3 Demographics
4 External Link


Acton has a small place in history. A company of minutemen from Acton responded to the call to arms initiated by Paul Revere on April 19, 1775 and was present at the fight at the North Bridge in Concord, at the start of the American Revolutionary War. The Acton minutemen were led by Captain Isaac Davis. When a company was needed to lead the advance on the bridge which was defended by the British regulars, Captain Davis was heard to reply, "I haven't a man that is afraid to go."

The colonists advanced on the bridge, and in the exchange of muskett fire that followed Captain Davis was killed and Abner Hosmer, also of Acton was mortally wounded. Thus in Acton they refer to "the battle of Lexington, fought in Concord, by men of Acton."


Acton is located at 42°29' North, 71°27' West. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 52.5 km² (20.3 mi²). 51.7 km² (20.0 mi²) of it is land and 0.8 km² (0.3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.53% water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there are 20,331 people, 7,495 households, and 5,538 families residing in the town. The population density is 393.1/km² (1,018.1/mi²). There are 7,680 housing units at an average density of 148.5/km² (384.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 88.45% White, 0.70% African American, 0.07% Native American, 8.65% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. 1.77% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 7,495 households out of which 43.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.1% are married couples living together, 6.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 26.1% are non-families. 21.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 5.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.69 and the average family size is 3.19.

In the town the population is spread out with 29.5% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 26.4% from 45 to 64, and 8.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 94.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $91,624, and the median income for a family is $108,189. Males have a median income of $77,371 versus $47,113 for females. The per capita income for the town is $41,901. 2.9% of the population and 1.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 2.4% are under the age of 18 and 3.3% are 65 or older.

External Link