Mansfield, Massachusetts

Mansfield is a town in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States. As of the United States 2010 Census, the town population is 23,184.[1] Mansfield is in the south-southwest suburbs of Boston and is also close to Providence, Rhode Island. The village of Mansfield Center is located in the town. The town is twinned with Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, England.

Mansfield, Massachusetts
Mansfield Town Hall
Mansfield Town Hall
Official seal of Mansfield, Massachusetts

Location in Bristol County in Massachusetts
Location in Bristol County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°02′00″N 71°13′10″W / 42.03333°N 71.21944°WCoordinates: 42°02′00″N 71°13′10″W / 42.03333°N 71.21944°W
CountryUnited States
 • TypeOpen town meeting
 • Town
Kevin Dumas, Town Manager
 • Board of

Michael Trowbridge (Chair)
Jess Aptowitz (Select Board Member)
Neil Rhein
Steve Schoonveld
Frank DelVecchio
 • Total20.7 sq mi (53.7 km2)
 • Land20.5 sq mi (53.0 km2)
 • Water0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
160 ft (49 m)
 • Total23,184
 • Density1,130.9/sq mi (437.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s)508 / 774
FIPS code25-38225
GNIS feature ID0618283


Mansfield was first settled in 1658 and was officially incorporated in 1775. It was named for William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, a pro-colonial member of the House of Lords.[2] Mansfield is the home of the Xfinity Center (formerly known as Great Woods, Tweeter Center and Comcast Center) concert venue, one of the most popular in New England. It is also the birthplace of Honey Dew Donuts,[3] a regional New England chain of donut shops. The first Honey Dew was opened at 221 North Main Street on June 6, 1973.[4]

Benjamin E. Bates, an industrialist and philanthropist, who was the founder of Bates College was born in Mansfield in 1808. Stove and furnace manufacturer and innovator Gordon Chilson (1804–1877) worked here.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 20.7 square miles (54 km2), of which, 20.5 square miles (53 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it (1.25%) is water. There are five conservation areas in the town. They are, from largest to smallest: the Great Woods Conservation Area, Maple Park Conservation Area, York Conservation Area, Marie Strese Conservation Area, and Sweet Pond Conservation Area. The town is bisected by the Canoe, Rumford and Wading Rivers, as well as many small brooks which are all part of the Taunton River Watershed.

Mansfield's location is 28 miles south of Boston, 14 miles west of Brockton, and 19 miles north of Providence, Rhode Island. It is bordered by Foxborough and Sharon to the north, Easton to the east, Norton to the south, and North Attleborough and Attleboro to the west. The town's northern border is also a portion of the northern border of Bristol County. Its neighborhoods include East Mansfield, Whiteville, Ginty Corner, Mansfield Center, Purdy Corner, Robinsonville and West Mansfield.


Historical population

Source: United States Census records and Population Estimates Program data.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]

As of the census[16] of 2000, there were 22,414 people, 7,942 households, and 5,861 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,095.4 inhabitants per square mile (422.9/km2). There were 8,120 housing units at an average density of 396.8 per square mile (153.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 94.30% White, 2.18% African American, 0.21% Native American, 1.93% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.41% of the population.

There were 7,942 households out of which 44.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.2% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.2% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.34.

In the town, the population was spread out with 31.4% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 38.1% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 6.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $66,925, and the median income for a family was $78,058 (these figures had risen to $93,533 and $111,316 respectively as of a 2007 estimate[17]). Males had a median income of $52,416 versus $36,658 for females. The per capita income for the town was $27,441. About 3.0% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.6% of those under age 18 and 12.9% of those age 65 or over.


The town is governed by an open town meeting, and is managed by a board of selectmen and town manager. The town has a police department located in the center of town, as well as two fire stations, near the town center and near West Mansfield. The Mansfield Public Library is located at Memorial Park, and the post office is near the intersection of Routes 106 & 140. In addition to Memorial Park, the town also has the Magna-Vista Recreation Area.

On the state level, the town is represented in the State Senate as a portion of the Bristol and Norfolk district, including Dover, Foxborough, Mansfield, Medfield, Norton, Rehoboth, Seekonk and Walpole, as well as parts of Attleboro and Sharon. The town is a part of three separate state representative districts, the First and Fourteenth Bristol and Eight Norfolk districts. The town is also patrolled by Troop H (Metro Boston region) of the Massachusetts State Police, 3rd District (Foxborough barracks). On the national level, the town is part of Massachusetts Congressional District 4, which is represented by Joseph P. Kennedy III.[18] The state's senior (Class II) Senator, elected in 2012, is Elizabeth Warren[19] and the state's junior (Class I) Senator, elected in 2013, is Ed Markey.[20]


Mansfield has its own school department consisting of five schools, governed by a superintendent of schools (whose office is located directly adjacent to the town hall) and a school committee. (Coincidentally, the school department building was once the public library and before that, it was the town hall, and the town hall was once the high school.) There are five schools serving various levels within the town: the Roland Green Preschool, the Everett W. Robinson Elementary School (serving grades K-2), the Jordan-Jackson Elementary School (serving grades 3-5), the Harold L. Qualters Middle School (serving grades 6-8), and Mansfield High School. Mansfield's teams are nicknamed the Hornets, and their colors are green and white. For many years in the 1980s and early 1990s, the school's marching band hosted the first event of the New England Scholastic Band Association's fall field show competition season. Other than the Roland Green Preschool, all the town's schools are located on either side of East Street near the center of town.

In addition to the public schools within the town, Mansfield residents can also send their children to the Foxboro Regional Charter School free of charge. High school students may also attend Southeastern Regional Vocational-Technical High School in Easton or Bristol County Agricultural High School in Dighton free of charge. The town has one parochial school, Saint Mary's Catholic School, which serves grades PreK-8, and an Islamic high school, Al-Noor Academy, which opened in 2000 and serves the Islamic community along the I-95 corridor.

Mansfield is also known for its outstanding high school sports. Football, soccer, baseball, boys' and girls' basketball, lacrosse, track and field (Men), and Women's Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field teams have won multiple league, division, and all-state titles. In 2013, the Mansfield Hornets football team won the Division II state title, [21][22] and in 2018, the boys' basketball team won the state Division 1 championship, defeating Hockomock League rival Franklin at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield.[23] Mansfield High football and girls' basketball coach Michael Redding was inducted into the state football coaches' hall of fame in 2019.


The Mansfield Public Library was established in 1884.[24][25] In fiscal year 2008, the town of Mansfield spent 0.86% ($605,929) of its budget on its public library—some $25 per person.[26]


One of the intersections of Interstates 95 and 495 is located on the Mansfield-Foxborough town line, with both highways going through the town. Additionally, the town includes open and limited-access sections of Route 140, as well as part of Route 106. The only exits off the interstates which are located within the town are I-495 Exit 12 (linking to a limited access section of Rt. 140 North from both directions of I-495) and I-495 South Exit 11 (linking to Rt. 140 North / South and South Main Street). The town also has a stop along the MBTA's commuter line between Providence and Boston, and is serviced by Mansfield Municipal Airport, which serves smaller aircraft. Mansfield is effectively equidistant between two international airports, with parts of the town being closer to either Logan International Airport in Boston or T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island, each of which is approximately 30 to 35 miles from the town.

Notable residents


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External links

7/11/03 – Mansfield, Massachusetts

7/11/03 – Mansfield, Massachusetts is a three-disc live album by the American alternative rock band Pearl Jam. It was released to retail stores on September 16, 2003.

A Spanner in the Works Tour

A Spanner in the Works Tour was a North American concert tour by British singer-songwriter Rod Stewart. The tour began on 8 June 1995 in Aberdeen, Scotland and ended on 26 May 1996 in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

Clarence A. Barnes

Clarence Alfred Barnes (August 28, 1882 in Brooklyn, New York – May 26, 1970 in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts ) was an American politician who served as Attorney General of Massachusetts from 1945 to 1949.

Barnes political career began in Mansfield, Massachusetts where he served as town counsel and moderator of the Town meeting. From 1912 to 1913, he served as a state representative, and he was a delegate to the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention of 1917–18.Barnes was the Republican nominee for attorney general in 1938 but lost to incumbent Paul A. Dever. He ran again in 1940, but lost the Republican nomination to Robert T. Bushnell. Barnes was a member of the Massachusetts Governor's Council from 1943 to 1944. In 1944, he defeated former Lieutenant Governor Francis E. Kelly to become attorney general. Barnes defeated Kelly again in 1946, but lost to him in 1948. He was a candidate for governor in 1950, but lost the nomination to Arthur W. Coolidge. Barnes was also a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1940, 1944, 1948, and 1952.


Barnes died on May 26, 1970, at Martha's Vineyard Hospital in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts.

His son Clare Barnes, Jr. was an advertising executive who published a best-selling series of picture books.

Don Currivan

Donald F. Currivan (March 6, 1920 – May 16, 1956) was an American football end. He was born and raised in Mansfield, Massachusetts and graduated from Mansfield High School in 1938. He then attended and graduated from Boston College in 1942. Fleet of foot and sure of hand, this All-American end's pass- catching and running abilities were key factors in boosting the Eagles to national rankings and berths in the 1941 Sugar Bowl and 1943 Orange Bowl. A stalwart defensive end as well, he was a major and versatile contributor to this great era of Boston College gridiron success.

He played seven seasons in the National Football League (NFL) for the Chicago Cardinals (1943), the Boston Yanks (1945–1948), and the Los Angeles Rams (1948–1949). Currivan also played for "Card-Pitt" in 1944, a team that was the result of a temporary merger between the Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The teams' merger was result of the manning shortages experienced league-wide due to World War II.

Currivan married Catherine (Rockett) Currivan in 1946. He had two children, John Joseph in 1948 and Nancy Anne, in 1953. He died suddenly on May 16, 1956 of a cerebral hemorrhage while playing golf at Oyster Harbors Golf Club in Osterville, Massachusetts at age 36.

Due to his outstanding athletic abilities he was inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame 14 years after his death in 1970.

Frank Jerome Murray

Frank Jerome Murray (April 6, 1904 – February 12, 1995) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Honey Dew Donuts

Honey Dew Donuts is a Massachusetts, based franchise selling donuts and other breakfast foods.

James Witherell

James Witherell (June 16, 1759 – January 9, 1838) was an American politician. He served as a United States Representative from Vermont and as a Judge of the Supreme Court for the Territory of Michigan.

Jen Royle

Jennifer L. "Jen" Royle (born September 3, 1974 in Mansfield, Massachusetts, United States) is a former American sports reporter and writer who is best known for working for the YES Network as a New York-based reporter for the MLB New York Yankees baseball team from 2003-2006. She is also known as a chef and contestant on ABC's The Taste and Food Network's Beat Bobby Flay.

Laban Wheaton

Laban Wheaton (March 13, 1754 – March 23, 1846) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

Live at Great Woods

Live at Great Woods is a concert video by the Allman Brothers Band. It was recorded on September 6, 1991, at Great Woods Amphitheater in Mansfield, Massachusetts. It was released on DVD by Legacy Recordings on February 18, 2014.Live at Great Woods was originally produced for Japanese TV, and was released on VHS and LaserDisc in 1992. Subsequently a version of the video was released on DVD, but in a shortened form, with interviews of the band members edited into the song performances. The 2014 version of the DVD omits the interviews and contains the complete performances of the songs.

Mansfield Center, Massachusetts

Mansfield Center is a census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Mansfield in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 7,360 at the 2010 census.

Mansfield High School (Massachusetts)

Mansfield High School (MHS) is a four-year, comprehensive public high school located in Mansfield, Massachusetts, and is the lone high school in the Mansfield Public Schools system. MHS serves approximately 1,300 students in grades nine though twelve. The school mascot is the Green Hornets and the school colors are green, white, and black.

Massachusetts Route 106

Route 106 is a west–east highway in southeastern Massachusetts, United States.

Outlying Landing Field Mansfield

Outlying Landing Field Mansfield was a Naval Outlying Landing Field located in Mansfield, Massachusetts operational from 1942 to 1945. It existed as an outlying field of Naval Air Station Squantum and was used by student pilots to gain flight experience on its two 2,500 foot turf runways. Today, the field operates as Mansfield Municipal Airport.


Samsonite International S.A. (SEHK: 1910) is a luggage manufacturer and retailer, with products ranging from large suitcases to small toiletries bags and briefcases. The company was founded in Denver, Colorado, United States.

Its registered office is in Luxembourg and it is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Shawnae Jebbia

Shawnae Jebbia (born September 13, 1971) is an entertainer and former beauty queen from Mansfield, Massachusetts who won the Miss USA title in 1998.

Jebbia won the Miss Massachusetts USA title in 1997, in her first attempt at a pageant title. She went on to represent Massachusetts in the Miss USA 1998 pageant, becoming that state's first Miss USA winner. Whilst Jebbia had little prior experience, her first runner-up Shauna Gambill had previously held the Miss Teen USA 1994 title. Jebbia's "sister" titleholder, Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 1998 Susie Castillo, went on to hold the Miss Massachusetts USA title and became Massachusetts' second Miss USA titleholder in 2003.

Jebbia then competed at the Miss Universe 1998 pageant later that year. High scores in evening gown and in the swimsuit competition advanced her to the final 5 but after the interview round she did not make the final 3 finalists. The winner was Wendy Fitzwilliam of Trinidad and Tobago, with whom Jebbia lived and made appearances during her reign.

Jebbia grew up in Sonoma County, California and lived in Sebastopol, California for six years. She received a degree in Communications from Jacksonville University and graduated cum laude on an athletic scholarship. She has appeared on television and film, including being a "Barker Beauty" on The Price Is Right from 2002 until 2003 and a stint on the ESPN2 exercise program Co-ed Training prior to winning Miss USA. After experiencing a hearing impairment caused by Ménière's disease, Jebbia moved out of the entertainment industry and is currently studying towards a master's degree in nursing. She has acted as the spokesperson for the Siemens Pure 700 hearing aid.

This Is What the Truth Feels Like Tour

The This Is What the Truth Feels Like Tour was the third solo concert tour by American singer-songwriter Gwen Stefani, in support of her third solo studio album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like (2016). It began on July 12, 2016, in Mansfield, Massachusetts at the Xfinity Center and continued throughout North America before concluding on October 16, 2016, in Inglewood, California at The Forum.

Xfinity Center

Xfinity Center may refer to any of these places in the United States:

Xfinity Center (Mansfield, Massachusetts), an amphitheatre in Mansfield, Massachusetts

Xfinity Center (College Park, Maryland), an arena and activities center at the University of Maryland

Xfinity Center (Mansfield, Massachusetts)

The Xfinity Center (originally the Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts and commonly Great Woods) is an outdoor amphitheatre located in Mansfield, Massachusetts. The venue opened during the summer of 1986 with a capacity of 12,000. It was expanded after 2000 to 19,900; 7,000 reserved seats, 7,000 lawn seats and 5,900 general admission seats. The season for the venue is typically from mid May until late September. In 2010, it was named Top Grossing Amphitheater by Billboard.

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