is a town
in Franklin County
, United States
. The population was 1,810 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area
Shutesbury was first settled in 1735, when it was called Road Town
, because its only purpose was that of a road between towns. Road Town was officially incorporated as Shutesbury in 1761. The town was renamed in honor of Samuel Shute, former governor.
According to the United States Census Bureau
, the town has a total area of 27.2 square miles
), of which, 26.6 square miles (68.9 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²) of it (2.06%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 1,810 people, 662 households, and 479 families residing in the town. The population density
was 68.0 people per square mile (26.3/km²). There were 807 housing units at an average density of 30.3/sq mi (11.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.70% White
, 1.05% African American
, 0.55% Native American
, 1.27% Asian
, 0.44% from other races
, and 2.98% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 2.15% of the population.
There were 662 households out of which 44.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.5% were non-families. 17.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.08.
In the town the population was spread out with 28.6% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 30.8% from 45 to 64, and 5.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $60,438, and the median income for a family was $65,521. Males had a median income of $44,000 versus $32,069 for females. The per capita income for the town was $26,260. About 1.0% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.8% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.
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