For population 25 years and over in Petersham:
For population 15 years and over in Petersham town:
62 residents are foreign born (2.5% North America, 2.2% Europe).
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Worcester, MA (25.3 miles , pop. 172,648).
Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Boston, MA (58.3 miles , pop. 589,141).
Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: New York, NY (150.9 miles , pop. 8,008,278).
Nearest cities: New Salem, MA (2.4 miles ), Barre, MA (2.6 miles ), Phillipston, MA (2.7 miles ), Athol, MA (2.9 miles ), Hardwick, MA (3.0 miles ), Orange, MA (3.0 miles ), Templeton, MA (3.2 miles ), Wendell, MA (3.3 miles ).
Single-family new house construction building permits:
Latitude: 42.47 N, Longitude: 72.21 W
Area code: 978
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2011, including police officers: 2 (2 officers).
Work and jobs in Petersham: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute
Average climate in Petersham, Massachusetts
Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations
Petersham-area historical tornado activity is above Massachusetts state average. It is 33% greater than the overall U.S. average.
On 6/9/1953, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 2.2 miles away from the Petersham town center killed 90 people and injured 1228 people and caused between $50,000,000 and $500,000,000 in damages.
On 6/22/1981, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 9.5 miles away from the town center injured 3 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.
Earthquake activity:Petersham-area historical earthquake activity is near Massachusetts state average. It is 82% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
On 1/19/1982 at 00:14:42, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 MD, 4.5 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 77.4 miles away from the city center
On 10/2/1994 at 11:27:22, a magnitude 3.7 (3.5 LG, 3.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 9.4 miles away from Petersham center
On 10/2/1994 at 14:36:36, a magnitude 3.3 (3.1 LG, 3.3 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 7.9 miles away from the city center
On 6/16/2000 at 04:02:53, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 6.1 mi) earthquake occurred 40.5 miles away from the city center
On 10/6/1992 at 15:38:04, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 67.0 miles away from Petersham center
On 1/10/1999 at 10:52:16, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, 3.0 LG, Depth: 1.2 mi) earthquake occurred 67.6 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD)
Natural disasters:The number of natural disasters in Worcester County (20) is a lot greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 9
Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 5, Hurricanes: 4, Blizzards: 2, Floods: 2, Snows: 2, Snowstorms: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Snowfall: 1, Wind: 1, Fire: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Birthplace of: Emmeline B. Wells - General President of the Relief Society, Austin Flint - Physician, Jonas H. Howe - Politician, Solomon Willard - Artist, Jonas Howe - Politician.
Hospitals/medical centers near Petersham:
Amtrak station near Petersham:
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Petersham:
Public elementary/middle school in Petersham:
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Private elementary/middle school in Petersham:
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Air Quality Index (AQI)
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 1.04. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 13.7 miles away from the city center.
Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 3.01. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 13.7 miles away from the city center.
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 9.19. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 13.7 miles away from the city center.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2002 was 8.85. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 13.7 miles away from the city center.
Drinking water stations with addresses in Petersham and their reported violations in the past:SISTERS OF THE ASSUMPTION RESIDENCE (Address: 211 NORTH MAIN STREET , Population served: 45, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
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Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
People in group quarters in Petersham in 2000:
Petersham compared to Massachusetts state average:
Most commonly used house heating fuel:
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1996 Presidential Elections Results
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2008 Presidential Elections Results
2012 Presidential Elections Results
Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results
Religion statistics for Petersham town (based on Worcester County data)Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 57.43%
Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations
Tables represent county-level data.
Food Environment Statistics:
Number of grocery stores: 135
Number of supercenters and club stores: 4
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 140
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 174
Number of full-service restaurants: 569
Adult diabetes rate:
Adult obesity rate:
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
4.47% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($50,737 average adjusted gross income)
0.14% of residents moved from foreign countries ($421 average AGI)
Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
4.90% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($51,085 average adjusted gross income)
0.08% of residents moved to foreign countries ($610 average AGI)
Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
Strongest AM radio stations in Petersham:
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Petersham fatal accident list:
Sep 22, 2008 02:52 PM, Sr-122, Lat: 42.483744, Lon: -72.187728, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
Jun 17, 1999 03:14 PM, Sr-122, Vehicles: 3, Persons: 5, Fatalities: 1
Dec 20, 1997 02:50 AM, Rte122, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 2, Drunken drivers: 1
Nov 6, 1988 01:30 PM, Rte.32, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 4, Fatalities: 1
May 15, 1975 12:35 AM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
Sep 20, 1975 10:00 PM, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 5, Fatalities: 3, Drunken drivers: 2
National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 4
Total length: 6 meters (20ft)
Total costs: $2,485,000
Total average daily traffic: 4,359
Total average daily truck traffic: 303
Total future (year 2031) average daily traffic: 6,884
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:4
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:2
FAA Registered Aircraft:1
2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:
See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Petersham, MA
Total of 11 patent applications in 2008-2014.