Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for Hopkinton, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Hopkinton.
Number of Households: 39,068
ZIP Codes: 01748, 01784
Hopkinton is 93% safer than other cities in the United States. The chances of being a victim of a violent crime in Hopkinton are 1 in 8,489 compared with the 1 in 265 Massachusetts average. Annually there are virtually zero violent crimes and on average 67 property crimes. Hopkinton was listed as one of Safewise 50 Safest Cities in Massachusetts in 2014.
Hopkinton is a town of roughly 14,000 residents, 30 miles southwest of Boston. The town was named after Connecticut colonist Edward Hopkins, who left money to go towards building the land and also towards Harvard University. Hopkinton was first incorporated in winter of 1715 after the land (originally named Magwonkkommok) was purchased from Natives by Hopkins.
Common to most early colonial towns, agriculture was the dominant industry until the 1800s. Grain, fruit, and dairy made up the largest industries. In 1818, a new method of attaching the soles to shoes with wooden pegs was created in Hopkinton that revolutionized the shoe industry. The shoe and textile industry continued to grow and expand in the early 19th century with cotton and twine mills popping up.
By the mid-19th century, there were a dozen shoe factories in town. Thirty years after the thriving shoe industry began, there were several fires in the later part of the decade that severely destroyed much of the town and caused the population to leave looking for new jobs.
Fast forward one hundred years to the 1980s and Hopkinton was one of Boston’s fastest growing metro areas due to its proximity to Interstate 495 and new technology companies that started up in the 1970s. Between 1986 and 2010 the population nearly doubled in the town. Hopkinton is also the starting point of the Boston Marathon, which happens annually on Patriot’s Day since 1896 and hosts 20,000 runners. Due to its easy access to Boston, low crime, and lovely scenery, Hopkinton made Money Magazine’s list of Best Places to Live in 2009, coming in at number 19.
Hopkinton has plenty of outdoor spaces for a leisurely, relaxing day or opportunities for hiking trails. There’s the Hopkinton State Park that has spaces for swimming, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. On land activities include horseback riding, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing.
A short drive east of Hopkinton is the Ashland State Park, a 157 acre reservoir with a dam and spillway listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Other short drives out of the town are the Callahan State Park, Upton State Forest, and Whitehall State Park for some hiking spots. Hopkinton has maintained several homes build in the 18th and 19th century. There are 26 private homes built in the 1700s and 188 homes built in the 1800s to walk the streets of Hopkinton and enjoy the plethora of colonial architecture.
Hopkinton has some historically important people who were residents of the area. John Eliot was a Puritan missionary to the Natives of the area in the 1600s. The founding owner of the Boston Celtics, Walter Brown, was born and raised in Hopkinton. Two current PGA golfers, Keegan Bradley and Jon Curran, also have grown up in this small Massachusetts town.