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Foxborough At A Glance

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Located 22 miles southwest of Boston and 18 miles northeast of Providence, Rhode Island, Foxborough (or Foxboro) has a population of 17,000. Home to the New England Patriots football team, this is a high-profile town. Find out how the town retains its rural community feel amid the onslaught of visitors to see the famous Super Bowl champion team.

Brief History

The native Algonquin tribes lived in Foxborough prior to the town's founding. Settled by Europeans in 1704 and incorporated in 1778, the town of Foxborough was named for Charles James Fox, who supported the Colonies prior to the American Revolution. The post office, named Foxboro (note spelling), was built on the site of Union Straw Works, which was once the world's largest straw hat factory until it completely burned in the early 1900s. Foxborough is also correctly spelled Foxboro, and the post office will deliver mail to either spelling. Located at the busy intersection of Routes 95 and 495, the town is easy to get to. Many new retail businesses were brought in by Patriot owner, Steve Kraft, who built a shopping plaza around the stadium.

Cultures

The town is namely of European ancestry, notably of Irish (27%) and Italian (15%) roots. Other groups include English, Polish, French and Lithuanian.

Neighborhoods

Foxborough is a wealthy suburb of Boston with a small-town, close-knit community feel. The schools are great, and the school system spends more money than the state average, namely on technology. Neighborhoods consist of established areas with homes mostly dating from 1970 to 1999, but some areas have older homes built as early as the 1940s. It maintains its rural feel, even amid tens of thousands of major league football watchers and others, by maintaining 2,400 acres of either state- or town-owned land and preserving its communities.

Economy

The town boomed in the 1960s and 1970s with a smaller population spurt in the beginning of the 21st Century. It's a wealthy community with 44% of the working population employed in executive, management and professional occupations. Sales and service jobs (30%) also are important occupations with clerical, tech support, manufacturing and labor occupations also worked. Many telecommute or commute to nearby areas for work.

Sports, Recreation and Entertainment

Home to National Football League's New England Patriots, Super Bowl champions, who play at Gillette Stadium, which is also used by Major League Soccer's New England Revolution. Go teams! The stadium not only provides nearly 60,000 seats for NFL games, but entertainment, as well. Recent music shows include Jay Z and Beyonce, George Strait and One Direction. Other events held at the stadium include monster truck shows and track events. The town's nonprofit Orpheum Theater houses the local community theater company, which presents several plays a year. The theater also provides a venue for other performing arts and film events. Nature is all around for some outside play time. Get out and go biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, riding horses and viewing American Indian stone structures at F. Gilbert Hills State Forest

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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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