Leverett MA


Leverett is a town in Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 1,663 at the 2000 census.

History

Leverett was first settled in 1713 and was officially incorporated in 1774. In 1985, a Buddhist monastic order called Nipponzan Myohoji erected a large monument in Leverett. This structure, known as the New England Peace Pagoda, is considered the first of its kind to be built in North America.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 59.5 km² (23.0 mi²). 59.2 km² (22.9 mi²) of it is land and 0.4 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (0.61%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 1,663 people, 632 households, and 448 families residing in the town. The population density was 28.1/km² (72.8/mi²). There were 648 housing units at an average density of 10.9/km² (28.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.31% White, 0.24% African American, 0.54% Native American, 1.38% Asian, 1.62% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.44% of the population. There were 632 households out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families. 19.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 2.92. In the town the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 22.1% from 25 to 44, 35.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 99.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.4 males. The median income for a household in the town was $63,203, and the median income for a family was $73,333. Males had a median income of $45,078 versus $36,607 for females. The per capita income for the town was $31,891. About 1.6% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.

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