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Spencer is a town in Worcester County, in the Worcester metro area.

The community was named after Lt. Gov. Spencer Phipps.

The latitude of Spencer is 42.243N. The longitude is -71.992W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 942 feet.

The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 11,691.


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Median household income
Local
$46,598
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Spencer demographic reports
A 19th-century wire-making center.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 46. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 3.9 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Elias Howe, inventor of the sewing machine
Local festivals include:
  • Spencer Fair - Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2008
Dates often change. Check Spencer web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Stiles Reservoir, Thompson Pond, Lake Whittemore, Cranberry Meadow, Sugden Reservoir, Spencer State Forest
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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Ancestry & family history

4% of Spencer residents report German ancestry, and 17% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Spencer ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Spencer was $21,017, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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18% of Spencer residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Spencer, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $480.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,110.


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Libraries in Spencer include Richard Sugden Public Library ... View libraries

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The average commute time for Spencer workers is 28 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 5 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Spencer between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 4.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly higher than the national norm.

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