Our Region

North Central Massachusetts consists of 27 communities: Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Ayer, Barre, Clinton, Devens, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Harvard, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leominster, Lunenburg, Orange, Pepperell, Petersham, Phillipston, Princeton, Royalston, Shirley, Sterling, Templeton, Townsend, Westminster, and Winchendon. With three cities, as well as over 800 sq miles there is a lot of available space for new construction as well as downtown development.


We are strategically located within an hour’s drive from metro Boston and thirty minutes from metro Worcester with accessibility via Route 2 serving as an east–west corridor with fast connections to Routes 495, 190 and 91 for north–south travel. Commuting is easy within the region and for Boston commuter’s, the MBTA offers train service from the new intermodal center in downtown Fitchburg extending into Boston with convenient stations in North Leominster, Shirley and Ayer. Even air travel is convenient in North Central Massachusetts with private jet service at the Fitchburg Regional Airport, Worcester Airport and with major international airports in Boston, Providence and Manchester, N.H., no more than 90 minutes away.

Quality of Life

For businesses, travelers and residents alike, the North Central Massachusetts region offers the opportunity to experience New England at its finest. For any business seeking that desirable combination of infrastructure, transportation, top-shelf workforce, affordable cost of living and quality of life, North Central Massachusetts has it all.

This is an area of diversity- homes/neighborhood/suburb setting, country acreage, in city living, apartments, condos, etc.

Add in the intellectual resources provided by some of the nation’s top colleges and universities and its’ easy to see why Massachusetts provides fertile ground for business growth.

The North Central region can take advantage of all the business-supporting resources of Greater Boston and Worcester while offering attractively priced commercial and industrial real estate. Housing is more affordable here, too, with choices ranging from antique homesteads in pre-Revolutionary villages to historic farms, custom homes and modern condominiums.

The area is rich in history, heritage and charm.   It offers the conveniences of the City with the rural living for the great outdoors.

Our area is full of rich history

Arts Museums and Culture

North Central Massachusetts is a region rich in arts and culture. With all the attractions that North Central Massachusetts has to offer, you will have a hard time picking what to do. Whatever your interest, and whatever your age, you’ll find many enriching activities and experiencing in North Central Massachusetts. Numerous cultural opportunities are also within reach in Boston (only an hour away) and in Worcester (a half hour away).

Here is just a sampling of the many artistic and cultural institutions in North Central Massachusetts. For a comprehensive list of fun and informative activities and attractions in the region, check www.appleseed.org.

We have several great hospitals and health professionals in the area!

Seasonal Recreation in Central Massachusetts

The North Central Region is home to numerous state parks and forests, miles and miles of hiking and biking trails, snowmobile trails that ultimately connect with a system that runs into Canada, protected wildlife habitats, dozens of spots to canoe or kayak, even a place to make parachute jumps! See our list of recreation resources here.

Resources that offer hiking, mountain biking, camping, skiing, swimming, and many other out-door activities.

North Central Massachusetts offers a unique landscape ranging from forests, rivers to rolling hills and Mt. Wachusett.  Additionally the region is only a short distance from the seashore to the east and the Berkshire Mountains to the west.  North Central Massachusetts offers a wide range of recreational activities from the casual outdoor experience to the outdoor enthusiast.  The fresh air, natural environment, and pristine landscape offer something for everyone.

Centrally Located to New England Six States

We’re less than 30 minutes from Worcester, just over an hour from Boston, and a little over two hours to Stockbridge, in the heart of the Berkshires.  Manchester, NH is just over an hour from here, as is Providence, RI.  Brattleboro, VT is less than an hour and a half away.

Access to Boston, Berkshires, VT, NH, CT, ME, RI

Sports – New Englanders are sport enthusiast!

Massachusetts has some of the best Championship teams in the country. From the Stanley Cup Boston Bruins, World Series Red Sox, Superbowl New England Patriot’s and the Revolutionary Team, we love them all, including our regional teams.

COPY needed about extreme actvities such with Leominster State Forest being in the top 10 best mountain biking in the country,  Mt. Wachusett Ski Resort which, is the #1 ski mountain in the northeast with over 400,000 people visiting per year.

We have a lot of happy businesses owners in our area!

If You’re Looking for an Affordable Place to Live – Choose North Central

Housing and related costs are much less here than in many parts of New England.   Just about any style of home and setting are available in one of the 26 towns comprising this region.    With our central location, diverse industries, and reasonable commute time by train (1:20 to 1:30 depending on train #) from Fitchburg to Boston’s North Station, or easy highway access to Worcester, there are many job markets available to you.

Regional Climate

If you like four seasons, there is no better place to experience that climate than in Central Massachusetts.

Central Massachusetts sees a wide variety of temperatures throughout the year.  Summers are warm with the average temperature in July above 80 degrees in the daytime and cooling to the 60’s in the evening.   Our refreshing and cool temperatures in the falls help create the most colorful fall foliage and if you like to outdoor winter sports, there is typically snow for several months with our notorious nor’easters!

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