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Overview of Shrewsbury

Located in the heart of central Massachusetts, this quiet town has been a neighboring community of Worchester since the early 1800s. According to information from the U.S. Census Bureau, the city had more than 31,600 residents in 2010 and shows no signs of slowing down. Home to Artemas Ward Homestead, a symbol of Massachusetts' heritage, this small town is rich with the dynamic history of New England, but still has a bright eye for the future.

Living in Shrewsbury, MA

Land grants in Shrewsbury date back as early as 1664, making it only the oldest communities in the country. Because of its valuable milling potential near the Connecticut River, many settlers in the Massachusetts Bay Colony made their home here. Named after a city in England, the first permanent resident, Gershom Wheelock made his home in Shrewsbury and the city officially incorporated in 1727.

Agriculture was always a leading industry in the city, and many apple trees that produced delicious New England cider gave Shrewsbury its rise. After an economic downturn during the Revolutionary War and Shrewsbury's involvement with the famous Shays' Rebellion in 1786, the city was forced to rebuild its longstanding farming background.

After years of development, Shrewsbury developed into a bedroom community for neighboring Worchester and is now one of Massachusetts' finest suburbs. According to the census, more than 70 percent of the residences here are family households, making Shrewsbury an ideal location for raising children.

Shrewsbury Work and Study

Many students in the area get their education at nearby Clark University. A small, liberal arts college, this school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in everything from accounting to urban education. Clark is also known for its state-of-the-art research facilities that give graduate students the tools they need for exploration and problem solving. If you are a Clark University student looking for Shrewsbury rentals, finding a place near Interstate 290 is a great way to cut down your commute time to class.

According to the Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development, the largest employers in Worchester County are PFPc INC, VNA Care Network & Hospice and Wachusett Mountain. Many of the industries in the areas around Shrewsbury are in insurance, computer and software development, manufacturing and healthcare. Since Shrewsbury is within close proximity to neighboring Worchester, many residents commute there for work.

Rentals in Shrewsbury, MA and Cost of Living

Because the area has a safe environment, high quality of life, great school system and close proximity to one of the largest cities in Massachusetts, the cost of living index is higher than the United States average. According to information from city-data.com, the 2009 median household income in the area was about $20,000 more per year than the average Massachusetts resident, so renters here should expect to afford a wide range of rentals.

Shrewsbury Attractions and Special Events

Preserved by Harvard University for its cultural significance, the Artemas Ward House Museum in Shrewsbury contains original woodwork, fabrics and furnishings of the Wards, a prominent family of politicians, authors, farmers, soldiers and advertisers in the Shrewsbury area for six generations. History buffs can tour the grounds and get to know an important chapter in Massachusetts' history.

If you are more of an adventurer, Ski Ward is your source for skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing for Shrewsbury residents of all ages. During the summer, the park doubles as great space for tubing, mountain biking, outdoor picnics and skateboarding. The grounds also offer an ice cream stand for the kids and a bar and grill for the adults.

To find your next rental apartment or house in Shrewsbury, take a look at our listings on Rent.com®.

Shrewsbury, MA 01545

$1,300 and up

1-2 Beds1 Bath

Shrewsbury, MA (Shrewsbury)


$1,300 and up

1-2 Beds1 Bath
14

Shrewsbury, MA 01545

$1,199 and up

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Shrewsbury, MA (Shrewsbury)


$1,199 and up

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
5

Shrewsbury, MA 01545

$1,550 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Shrewsbury, MA (Shrewsbury)


$1,550 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
23

Shrewsbury, MA 01545

$1,700 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Shrewsbury, MA (Shrewsbury)


$1,700 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
17
13

Shrewsbury, MA 01545

$1,141 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Shrewsbury, MA (Shrewsbury)

(13)

$1,141 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
33
336

Shrewsbury, MA 01545

$1,490 and up

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Shrewsbury, MA (Shrewsbury)

(336)

$1,490 and up

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
9

Shrewsbury, MA 01545

$1,199 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Shrewsbury, MA (Shrewsbury)


$1,199 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
13

Worcester, MA 01606

$1,099 and up

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

24
446

Northborough, MA 01532

$1,645 and up

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Northborough, MA (Northborough)

(446)

$1,645 and up

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
16
566

Worcester, MA 01604

$1,128 and up

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Worcester, MA (Broadmeadow Brook, South Worcester)

(566)

$1,128 and up

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
8

Worcester, MA 01608

$900 and up

Studio-5 Beds1-5 Baths

Worcester, MA (Downtown Worcester)

(8)

$900 and up

Studio-5 Beds1-5 Baths
45

Worcester, MA 01610

$1,100 and up

1-4 Beds1-2 Baths

Worcester, MA (Beacon Brightly, Central City)


$1,100 and up

1-4 Beds1-2 Baths
32

Marlborough, MA 01752

$1,880 and up

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Marlborough, MA (Marlborough)


$1,880 and up

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
41
154

Marlborough, MA 01752

$1,815 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Marlborough, MA (Marlborough)

(154)

$1,815 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
34

Marlborough, MA 01752

$1,782 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Marlborough, MA (Hudson, Park Washington)

(34)

$1,782 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
26
205

Marlborough, MA 01752

$1,892 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Marlborough, MA (Downtown, Marlborough)

(205)

$1,892 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
9

Worcester, MA 01605

$1,475 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Worcester, MA (Booth Apartments, East Worcester)

(9)

$1,475 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
14

Westborough, MA 01581

$1,636 and up

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Westborough, MA (Westborough)


$1,636 and up

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
8

Worcester, MA 01604

$1,199 and up

1-2 Beds1 Bath

Worcester, MA (East Worcester, Franklin Plantation)

(8)

$1,199 and up

1-2 Beds1 Bath
14
11

Worcester, MA 01604

$1,050 and up

1-2 Beds1 Bath

Worcester, MA (Broadmeadow Brook, South Worcester)

(11)

$1,050 and up

1-2 Beds1 Bath