Colrain MA

Colrain is a town in Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 1,813 at the 2000 census.


Colrain was first settled in 1735 as “Boston Township No. 2″, organized into an independently governing town body in 1745, and was officially incorporated on June 30th, 1761. Although originally named Colrain in 1745, and officially incorporated under that name in 1761, the town spelled its name (and appeared on maps) as “Colraine” for over 112 years until in 1873 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts insisted that the town begin to spell its name as it was officially incorporated. Colrain has five historic village areas: Elm Grove, Lyonsville, Foundry Village, Shattuckville, Griswoldville, and Catamount Hill. Much of the town’s land area lies outside of these villages. Colrain was the first town in the United States to fly the U.S. flag over a public schoolhouse in May of 1812. Many of the original settlers were immigrants from Ireland and Scotland, and it is said that the town was named in honor of Lord Coleraine, an Irish peer. According to local tradition, Lord Coleraine was so well pleased by this that he sent a fine bell to the townspeople. Unfortunately, the bell never arrived. Apparently, so the story goes, It was sold by the unscrupulous agent to whom it was entrusted, and was installed in a church in Boston. It is also said that when in transit, the crew of the ship encountered a problem and the ship went down with the bell and was never to be found again. The town now refers itself ounce again as Coleraine, though it is not legally registered as such.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 112.5 km² (43.5 mi²). 112.4 km² (43.4 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (0.16%) is water. Colrain is one of the largest towns in Massachusetts, with one of the smallest population densities.


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 1,813 people, 686 households, and 478 families residing in the town. The population density was 16.1/km² (41.8/mi²). There were 776 housing units at an average density of 6.9/km² (17.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.65% White, 0.33% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.99% of the population. There were 686 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.3% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.12. In the town the population was spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 103.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.2 males. The median income for a household in the town was $40,076, and the median income for a family was $46,518. Males had a median income of $32,800 versus $24,125 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,948. About 4.6% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.4% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.

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