Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for Ashland, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Ashland.
Number of Households: 6,702
ZIP Codes: 01721
Ashland Business and Home Security Facts
Ashland is 77% safer than other towns in the US and has lower crime rate than 63% of the communities in Massachusetts. For anyone living in Ashland, the chance that they will be a victim of any kind of crime is 0.8% (1 out of every 127), compared to the average for US communities 3% (1 in every 35). When compared with other cities in the US that have a similar population size with Ashland, Ashland has one of the lowest crime rates in the country and is one of the safest places to live.
The violent crime rate in Ashland is 1 for every one thousand inhabitants which is equivalent to the average obtainable across the US. These violent crimes include rape, armed robbery, murder, aggravated assault and non-negligent manslaughter. Property crime rates in Ashland is 1 in every 149 (0.7%) which is below the average across US cities and towns.
Ashland, initially known as “Unionville”, was settled in the early 18th century. The area was previously occupied by the Megunko (Native Americans), which the Megunko Hill takes its name from. Ashland was incorporated in 1846, and the name was derived from the Kentucky Estate of Henry Clay. Henry Clay, the US Statesman, Lawyer, and Planter purchased a piece of land in Lexington, Kentucky in 1804 for the purpose of building a plantation he called Ashland because of the ash trees that were in the surrounding forest.
In the 1830s, the Boston and Worcester Railroad construction, and the subsequent railway stations that were opened in Ashland some decades later, led to the early development of the town.
In terms of population growth, Ashland didn’t really experience any increase in population until after the first and second world wars. As a result of the post-war population explosion, Ashland grew from being a rural town in the 1950s to a major residential area in the 1980s.
Ashland is nicknamed “The Clock Town” and the “Home of the Electric Clock” because of the work of Henry E. Warren in 1916. He partnered with General Electric to manufacture electric clocks which are on display in Washington DC in the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History. The electric clocks were made in Ashland until the late 1970s and the sports teams of Ashland High School are known as “The Clockers”.
In the center of the town is a house called Stone’s Public House built by Captain John Stone in 1832 to benefit from the Boston and Worcester Railroad that had just been constructed. The house doubles as an inn/hotel and some of the guests that have visited the hotel include former Secretary of State Daniel Webster, former Senator John Davis and former Governor of Massachusetts Levi Lincoln Jr.
If you visit Ashland on the third Saturday in September of the year, you will witness the “Ashland Day Festival”, a whole-day event which holds in the town at Stone Park. The festival is usually loaded with fun activities such as carnival rides, fundraising events, food and drinks, fireworks, and many more.
Ashland is a town to visit to have fun as it is home to various parks with lakes where biking, hiking, and boating activities take place. This is fostered by the presence of forests and densely wooded areas for hiking trails. Horseback riding trails are also done in some of the parks in the town.
A Color and Chemical company called Nyanza was established in Ashland in 1917. Through the activities of the company, the soil and water in parts of Ashland were polluted making people who grew up in the town between the late 1960s and 1980s two to three times more susceptible to cancer than those who did not. Now, housing projects that are proposed around the area where the Color and Chemical company is located are met with huge disapproval.
Another interesting feature of Ashland is the Sri Lakshmi Temple, the largest Hindu temple in New England. Opened in September 1986, the temple has about 400 members from all over New England that pay dues. In addition, the temple festivals and celebrations attract more than 3000 worshippers from South and North India, Trinidad, Nepal and other Hindu communities.
Ashland is home to Dave Blass, the American Art Director and Production Designer nominated for Emmy Awards on three occasions. He grew up in Ashland and graduated from Ashland High School.
Louis Robert Perini, the principal owner of Boston Braves/Milwaukee Braves between 1945 and 1961 also hails from Ashland.