The Town of Harvard Massachusetts is located in Worcester counties. Harvard was settled in 1658 and incorporated in 1732.
With an area of 27 square miles, Harvard has been home to a number of non-traditional communities. In 1791 a Shaker Community was established, reaching its peak membership in the 1840's. Slightly later, Fruitland's, a utopian transcendental society was established in Harvard by Amos Bronson Alcott, but dissolved fairly quickly.
These days, Harvard is described as an affluent residential community. The 2000 census showed the population at 5,981 with a projected 2010 population of 16,707. The population of individuals 65 years or older, in 2000, was 7.6%. 14.3% of all Harvard households are made up of individuals with 4.3% having a Harvard senior over 65 living alone.
Harvard has a Senior Center located in town at the Hildreth Center. The Council on Aging is located at the same site. Senior services are provided through the Harvard Council on Aging. Information about senior homecare agencies and the senior home care services they provide are also available at the Harvard Council on Aging.
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