Ludlow is a town in Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 21,209 at the 2000 census. It is located in western Massachusetts, north of Springfield, southwest of Belchertown, and is considered part of the Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area.
"The Ludlow Manufacturing Company (whose clock tower is depicted on the town seal), formed in 1868 by Charles T. Hubbard, helped shaped the town by providing housing, a library, schools, playgrounds, and even a clubhouse for the diverse community. Ludlow was home to many sawmills and gristmills, utilizing the power from several sources of water nearby, including the Chicopee River, Broad Brook, Higher Brook, and Stony Brook. The town is most noted, however, for its factory mills and production of jute yarns, twine, and webbing. Less well known was the glass-making business that was prevalent in the early 1800s. John Sikes manufactured glass bottles and other glassware and the Ludlow Manufacturing Company glass works operated for only a short time before closing in the depression years following the War of 1812. Today Ludlow remains a culturally diverse community made of Portuguese, Polish, French, and Irish residents"
Ludlow was the hometown of John F. Thompson, a representative to the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, who later became the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and was known as the "Iron Duke". Ludlow High graduate Maura West of "As The World Turns" won the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the 34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in 2007.
There were 7,659 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.0% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.03.
In the town the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 105.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.1 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $47,002, and the median income for a family was $55,717. Males had a median income of $37,566 versus $27,372 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,105. About 5.3% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.0% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.
The Ludlow Lions high school wrestling team were 2002-2003 state champions.