For a relatively small town, Marlborough has the diverse
profile of a much larger city. Located near the intersection of several major
transportation routes, Marlborough has served a destination for early colonial
settlers, a rest stop for George Washington, and the final roost for a celebrated
Civil-War era bell thought to have originated in Harper's Ferry. Marlborough's
central location, only 18 miles west of Boston, coupled with its pro-business,
pro-development policies, have made a center for the high tech and electronics
industries since the late 1990s.
Not only does Marlborough have a strong life science and advanced manufacturing business core and employment opportunities, but its recreational options are similarly varied. Within its 22 square miles, residents have access to parks, beaches, wetlands, natural open space, a bike path and rail trail, and a State Forest. School-aged children attend an early childhood learning center, one of three K-4 elementary schools, a grades 5-8 middle school, and have the choice of either a traditional or an alternative senior high school. A Charter School is available for students in grades 6-12 who are inclined towards advanced math and science.
Keeping pace with its economic growth, Marlborough's population has doubled in the past 25 years to almost 40,000. Housing is available in every style, setting and price range, from affordable housing to stately homes in historic areas, upmarket condominiums located in converted factories and church buildings, and quaint houses in the countryside. The average price of a detached house is just under $520,000, while units in multi-family buildings range from $285,000 to $410,000. A single family home can be start at just under $200k.
A mecca for business and development opportunities, as well as historic neighborhoods and a well-preserved environment, it is little wonder that Marlborough has been growing at a rate of 2-5% per year since the 1990s.
Updated: 23rd February, 2019 6:46 AM.