The town of Hopkinton is located in the southwest hills of Middlesex County, 27 miles west of Boston. The highest point in Middlesex County, the town was incorporated in 1715 with a land area of more than 27 square miles. Among other factors, its location at the intersection of the Massachusetts Turnpike and Route 495, has caused the town to experience significant residential growth in the past twenty five years, doubling in size to its current population of 15,000 residents.
Hopkinton has evolved as a community built for families where spacious homes, schools, and places to play form a dominant impression of Hopkinton, as do its open spaces, lakes, and scenic vistas. Inevitably this has led to Hopkinton having the highest percent of population under the age of ten in the entire Commonwealth. Although relatively small in scope given its location, Hopkinton’s commercial/industrial base derives primarily from South Street, most notable as the headquarters for EMC Corporation and other companies in the life sciences industry, and Elmwood Park, both of which run adjacent to Route 495 at Exit 21. Hopkinton’s business district, on the other hand, is almost exclusively confined to the downtown area.
Downtown Hopkinton is located at the intersection of Routes 135 and 85 and is the center of commerce and the gathering place for its community. The active preservation of the large number of historic homes constructed during the industrial period has preserved the quaintness and charm that this village has to offer. Hopkinton is fortunate to have a well defined town center that contains all of the elements of traditional town centers like a town common, school, churches, town hall, library, places of business, and numerous places of historic significance. It is a pedestrian scale village where residents can walk to experience what their center has to offer including traditional events like the start of the Boston Marathon, concerts on the common, the annual Polyarts crafts fair, a Fourth of July “Horribles Parade”, Center School events like Flag Day, and most recently, the annual Downtown Holiday Stroll.
Today’s goals are to develop and expand downtown business, create increased opportunities for residents to shop, assemble, and congregate, maintain and improve on the pedestrian scale environment, and preserve the valuable historic elements that the center has to offer.
Town of Hopkinton
Hopkinton Public Schools
Hopkinton Center for the Arts
Hopkinton Athletic Association
Boston Athletic Association
Hopkinton Moms Group
Hopkinton Parent Teacher Association
MetroWest Tourism and Visitor Bureau
495/MetroWest Corridor Partnership, Inc
Established: December 13, 1714
Population: 15,448 (2010 Census)
Tax Rate: $16.73 ~ Fiscal Year 2011
Government: Town Meeting, Selectmen
Number of Students: 3445 Enrolled, K-12
Average Spending Per Pupil: $11,560.00 (FY09)
Medical Facilities: Metro West Medical, Framingham Milford Regional Hospital, Milford UMASS Medical Center, Worcester
Recreational Facilities: Hopkinton State Park, Whitehall State Park, Lake Maspenock, Sandy Island Beach & Boat Ramp, Carrigan Park, Reed Park, College Rock Park, Aiken’s Park, Berry Acres, Waseeka Sanctuary
Distance From Boston: 27 Miles ~ 40 Minutes