Merrimack Valley Massachusetts


Quick Facts:

TransportationHighways: MA route 110, MA route 111, MA route 2

Rail: Commuter rail service from Boston’s North Station is provided by the MBTA with a stop in Ayer on its Fitchburg Line.

Schools and EducationPage Hilltop Elementary; Ayer Shirley Regional Middle School; Ayer Shirley Regional High School; The Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School


Incorporated in: 1871

Population: 7,427

Town Website:

Town Hall: 978-772-8220

Fire Department: 978-772-8231

Police Department: 978-772-8200


Total Area: 9.57 sq. miles

Land Area: 9.02 sq. miles

Density: 841 per sq. mile

Median Household Income: $60,255

Median Household Size: 2.94

The Town of Ayer grew up around the railroad industry in the 1840s. The railroad was a major force in shaping Ayer’s economy through the early 1900s. Railroad switching yards, tanneries and mills prospered as a result of railroad transportation in the area. The town’s Central Business District offers a variety of shopping and dining choices.

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