Census numbers show population growth in Southborough

It probably won’t come as a surprise to learn that there are more Southborough residents now than there were ten years ago. Recently released 2010 census numbers reveal Southborough’s population grew by 11.2 percent over the course of the decade, from 8,781 in 2000 to 9,767 in 2010.

“We’ve known that our gross is up,” Town Administrator Jean Kitchen told the Metrowest Daily News. “People have been moving into town. It’s a great community, it has great schools.”

Census numbers show all of Southborough’s neighbors also grew in population over the decade, but some more than others. Ashland grew the most by 13 percent, with Hopkinton next at 11.8 percent. The population in Marlborough expanded by 6.2 percent, and Framingham grew by 2.1 percent. The slowest growers were Westborough and Northborough with a 1.5 and 1 percent increase, respectively.

Previous census numbers show that most of Southborough’s 11.2 percent growth came in the first half of the decade. The increase tapered off and population held relatively steady starting in 2004, with a slight uptick again at the end of the decade.

You can see all the census data on the Secretary of State website (www.sec.state.ma.us/census/).

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