Shelburne MA

Shelburne is a town in Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 2,058 at the 2000 census.For geographic and demographic information on the village of Shelburne Falls, please see the article Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.


Shelburne was first settled in 1756 as part of Deerfield, Massachusetts known then as “Deerfield Northwest.” It was initially organized as the district of Shelburne in 1768 (named in honor of William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne) and was officially incorporated as a town in 1775. Bill Cosby maintains a house here.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 60.7 km² (23.5 mi²). 60.2 km² (23.2 mi²) of it is land and 0.5 km² (0.2 mi²) of it (0.85%) is water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 2,058 people, 834 households, and 517 families residing in the town. The population density was 34.2/km² (88.5/mi²). There were 886 housing units at an average density of 14.7/km² (38.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.28% White, 0.49% African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.58% of the population. There were 834 households out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.9% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.86. In the town the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 29.3% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.9 males. The median income for a household in the town was $42,054, and the median income for a family was $51,364. Males had a median income of $39,018 versus $28,550 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,329. About 8.7% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.6% of those under age 18 and 17.5% of those age 65 or over.

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