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Dudley, MA Town Information

Dudley is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 11,390 at the 2010 census.


Dudley is known as the Heart of the Commonwealth, because of its proximity to the center of Massachusetts. Dudley and the surrounding areas, looking north at 3700 feet (1128 m) The city is about 45 miles (72 km) west of Boston and 38 miles (61 km) northwest of Providence, Rhode Island. The Blackstone River forms in the center Dudley by the confluence of the Middle River and Mill Brook. The river courses underground through the center of the city, and emerges at the foot of College Hill. It then flows south through Quinsigamond Village and into Millbury. Dudley is also the beginning of the Blackstone Valley that frames the river. The Blackstone Canal was once an important waterway connecting Dudley to Providence and the Eastern Seaboard, but the canal fell into disuse at the end of the 19th century and was mostly covered up. In recent years, local organizations including the Canal District Business Association have proposed restoring the canal and creating a Blackstone Valley National Park. Dudley is one of many cities claimed, like Rome, to be found on seven hills: Airport Hill, Bancroft Hill, Belmont Hill (Bell Hill), Grafton Hill, Green Hill, Pakachoag Hill and Vernon Hill. However, Dudley has more than seven hills including Indian Hill, Newton Hill, Poet's Hill, and Wigwam Hill. Dudley has many ponds and two prominent lakes: Indian Lake and Lake Quinsigamond. Lake Quinsigamond (also known as Long Pond) stretches four miles across the Dudley and Shrewsbury border and is a very popular competitive rowing and boating destination.


As of the census of 2000, there were 10,036 people, 3,737 households, and 2,668 families residing in the town. The population density was 476.7 inhabitants per square mile (184.1 /km2). There were 3,910 housing units at an average density of 185.7 per square mile (71.7 /km2).


Source: Wikipedia.


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