Welcome to the Town of Holden, Massachusetts official website. Holden is located in the beautiful rolling hills of Central Massachusetts, just north of Worcester, and about forty miles from Boston.
The Town of Holden was incorporated on January 9, 1741. Originally a rural farming area, we have grown into a prosperous, community-spirited municipality with a population, as of January 2005, of 17,036 residents. In June of 1951, the Town adopted a Selectmen-Town Manager form of government, one of the oldest in the Commonwealth. In addition to having an excellent school system and public library, the municipality provides a full range of services including public water, sewer, and electric power. The Town encompasses approximately thirty-six square miles, a good portion of which is protected open space, watershed and recreational areas.
If you have never visited Holden, we invite you to browse this website. Driving directions are provided below, if you care to visit us in person or are thinking of moving to this area. If you are already a resident, we hope this website will prove informative and useful in understanding and accessing your Town government. Each Department site contains the names of our town staff and telephone numbers. We welcome your questions and especially your comments with respect to this website.
The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) also has a comprehensive profile of the Town of Holden that contains the following:
• Housing Characteristics
• Economic Development
• Culture and Recreation
• Municipal Finance