is a town in Worcester County
, United States
. The population was 6,799 at the 2000 census. The town comprises four main villages: Templeton Center, East Templeton, Baldwinville
, and Otter River. It is the home of Narragansett Regional High School
, a regional public high school serving the towns of Templeton and Phillipston
Templeton was first settled in 1751 and was officially incorporated in 1762. It was reputedly named after Sir John Temple, a member of the British Privy Council in 1751.
According to the United States Census Bureau
, the town has a total area of 32.4 square miles
), of which, 32.0 square miles (83.0 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (1.17%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 6,799 people, 2,411 households, and 1,808 families residing in the town. The population density
was 212.2 people per square mile (81.9/km²). There were 2,597 housing units at an average density of 81.1/sq mi (31.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.15% White
, 0.35% African American
, 0.22% Native American
, 0.28% Asian
, 0.43% from other races
, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 1.44% of the population. 19.2% were of French
, 13.3% French Canadian
, 12.8% Irish
, 10.1% Italian
, 9.6% English
, 8.0% Polish
, 5.4% Finnish
and 5.4% American
ancestry according to Census 2000
There were 2,411 households out of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.5% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.0% were non-families. 19.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the town the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 31.1% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 101.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $48,482, and the median income for a family was $52,936. Males had a median income of $38,088 versus $26,993 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,994. About 7.4% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.5% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over.
- Templeton Developmental Center, Department of Mental Retardation, a state-operated facility for individuals with mental retardation.