Framingham is a diverse community located mid-way between Boston and Worcester, and is the hub of the Metro-West region. The Town offers a unique blend of urban and rural qualities, and a variety of ethnic communities. The historic strengths of the town have been its location and its people. There is a vibrant retail area that lies close by quiet residential areas and the town common. Currently, the major town employers are primarily non-manufacturing, including medical, retail, educational, office centers and biotechnical activities. Framingham is home to the world headquarters of Staples, Bose Audio and TJX. Within the municipality, Genzyme, Computer Associates, ITT Tech and Capital One have major facilities, whereas Breyers and Leggat McCall also have notable facilities in the area.
Framingham offers recreational activities of all sorts for its residents from the many organized team sports leagues to the nationally renowned Garden in the Woods. Framingham unites for numerous municipal celebrations throughout the year, with a major focus on Flag Day activities in June. Its variety of activities and attractions include athletic facilities, beaches, golf courses, one skating area, trails for mountain biking, hiking and cross-country skiing, and walking, ponds used for swimming and fishing, canoeing, and kayaking.
Estimated median home cost in 2012: $281,000. Home appreciation in 2011 has been 1.17.%. Estimated median household income in 2010: $71,117.
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