Marlborough is positioned at the crossroads of New England, on the northeast coast of Massachusetts in Middlesex County. It is a busy commercial and political center, and major highways connect Marlborough with the greater metropolitan area. The same tree-covered ridges that attracted the first Native Americans and Colonial settlers to the area provide beautiful scenery to residents living in Marlborough apartments for rent, and the landscape offers numerous opportunities for outdoor exploration. In 2010, Marlborough celebrated its 350th anniversary and was designated a Green Community for its commitment to a greener, more sustainable future.
Marlborough is home to a thriving arts community, and the Arts Alliance provides programs and services such as the Pro Musica Youth Chorus, Arts in the Park and Arts Afterschool. It is also in close proximity to historic cities such as Boston, Plymouth, Lexington and Sturbridge. Residents can find activity hubs such as Gillette Stadium and the New England Sports Center less than 35 miles from Marlborough rentals.
The Assabet River Rail Trail, which spans approximately 11 miles, was built along the abandoned rail bed of the former Marlborough Branch Railroad. Whether you walk, job or bike, the trail is a popular destination for outdoor activity in Marlborough.
Some of the largest employers in the region are located in Marlborough, including 3Com, Raytheon, Boston Scientific, Rohm and Haas Electronics, Sepracor and the New England Sports Center. Because Marlborough is in close proximity to Interstates 495 and 290 and the Massachusetts Turnpike, it has remained on the cutting edge of expanding industries such as high technology and specialized electronics. The Marlborough government maintains policies designed to generate business and encourage development. Economic growth within the city has caused the population to more than double in the last 25 years.
Marlborough students in grades K-12 are served by the Marlborough Public School District. The Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School campus is set among trees and athletic fields in Marlborough and students choose a technical program as their specialty after core subject requirements have been met. Graduates of the technical high school can receive an academic diploma along with a certificate of proficiency in their career and technical area of expertise. Quinsigamond Community College operates a Marlborough campus, and offers numerous degree and certificate programs for students seeking transfer credits, associate degrees or vocational training.
The Community Development Office of Marlborough is dedicated to providing affordable housing opportunities to local residents. It also secures and administers housing rehabilitation funds that support home and neighborhood improvements.
Green Marlborough is a group of residents and businesses promoting environmentally sustainable choices in the community, and offers free home energy efficiency and solar services to help Marlborough residents. Energy efficiency improvements can significantly lower home energy bills and improve home health, safety and comfort. According to city-data.com, the median gross rent for Marlborough rentals was $1,030 in 2009.
The Marlborough community gathers to celebrate numerous special events and festivals throughout the year. On June 12, residents gather to celebrate the anniversary of Marlborough's incorporation. Local restaurants offer house specialties to thousands of guests during the Taste of Marlborough celebration, and local performing groups travel from venue to venue entertaining participants. Each October, the Marlborough Heritage Festival takes place on Main Street. Festivities begin with the Main Street Mile Race, and the festival includes live entertainment, children's activities and ChowderFest, a community favorite.
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