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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.comĀ®.

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145 Front at City Square

Worcester, MA 01608

$1,345+

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

10+ Units Available

145 Front at City Square

Worcester, MA (Downtown Worcester)


$1,345+

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
10+ Units Available
18
Furnished Studio - Boston - Westborough - East Main Street

Westborough, MA 01581

$1,743+

1 Bed1 Bath

Furnished Studio - Boston - Westborough - East Main Street

Westborough, MA


$1,743+

1 Bed1 Bath
Furnished Studio - Boston - Westborough - Connector Road

Westborough, MA 01581

$1,575+

1 Bed1 Bath

Furnished Studio - Boston - Westborough - Connector Road

Westborough, MA


$1,575+

1 Bed1 Bath
Furnished Studio - Boston - Westborough - Computer Dr.

Westborough, MA 01581

$1,575+

1 Bed1 Bath

Furnished Studio - Boston - Westborough - Computer Dr.

Westborough, MA


$1,575+

1 Bed1 Bath
Cordis Mills

Millbury, MA 01527

$1,350+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

1 Unit Available

Cordis Mills

Millbury, MA


$1,350+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
1 Unit Available
Furnished Studio - Boston - Marlborough

Marlborough, MA 01752

$1,680+

1 Bed1 Bath

Furnished Studio - Boston - Marlborough

Marlborough, MA


$1,680+

1 Bed1 Bath
38
Madison Place Southborough
2

Southborough, MA 01772

$2,100+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

3 Units Available

Madison Place Southborough

Southborough, MA (Southborough)

(2)

$2,100+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
3 Units Available
6
Grafton Colonial Apartments
1

Grafton, MA 01519

$900+

1-2 Beds1 Bath

Grafton Colonial Apartments

Grafton, MA (Grafton)

(1)

$900+

1-2 Beds1 Bath
12
Halstead Westborough

Westborough, MA 01581

$1,811+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

10 Units Available

Halstead Westborough

Westborough, MA (Southborough)


$1,811+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
10 Units Available
29
Fountainhead Apartments
15

Westborough, MA 01581

$1,105+

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

6 Units Available

Fountainhead Apartments

Westborough, MA

(15)

$1,105+

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
6 Units Available
4
Lincoln Village

Worcester, MA 01605

$905+

1-4 Beds1-2 Baths

Lincoln Village

Worcester, MA (North Lincoln Street, North Worcester)


$905+

1-4 Beds1-2 Baths
3
Northboro Village Apartments
3

Northborough, MA 01532

$1,350+

1 Bed1 Bath

Northboro Village Apartments

Northborough, MA

(3)

$1,350+

1 Bed1 Bath
2
Franklin On The Grid

Worcester, MA 01608

$1,100+

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Franklin On The Grid

Worcester, MA (Downtown Worcester)


$1,100+

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
5
Bancroft On The Grid

Worcester, MA 01608

$1,000+

Studio-3 Beds1 Bath

Bancroft On The Grid

Worcester, MA (Downtown Worcester)


$1,000+

Studio-3 Beds1 Bath
4
Portside on the Grid

Worcester, MA 01608

$975+

Studio-1 Bed1 Bath

Portside on the Grid

Worcester, MA (Downtown Worcester)


$975+

Studio-1 Bed1 Bath
1
Portland on the Grid

Worcester, MA 01608

$1,200+

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Portland on the Grid

Worcester, MA (Downtown Worcester)


$1,200+

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
7
Park Plaza on the Grid
3

Worcester, MA 01608

$1,125+

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Park Plaza on the Grid

Worcester, MA (Downtown Worcester)

(3)

$1,125+

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
4
The Royal Worcester Apartments
1

Worcester, MA 01610

$1,000+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

The Royal Worcester Apartments

Worcester, MA (Central City)

(1)

$1,000+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
Bell Marlborough
118

Marlborough, MA 01752

$1,765+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

2 Units Available

Bell Marlborough

Marlborough, MA

(118)

$1,765+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
2 Units Available
10
92 North Main Street

West Boylston, MA 01583

$1,550+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

10+ Units Available

92 North Main Street

West Boylston, MA


$1,550+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
10+ Units Available