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Description of Wilbraham

Wilbraham, incorporated in 1763 as an agricultural center, is today primarily a residential community with some industry located in the northern section of town. Over 80% of the residents commute out of town for professional employment. The Town offers both historic and new home development. In 2012, its population was 14,337.

The 2017 median price of a single family home, $304,168, is 2nd highest in the region, with classic homes set among large lots. Over 89% of housing units are occupied by homeowners. While Wilbraham has experienced substantial residential growth, its rural character is still present and exemplified by the thriving Rice’s Fruit Farm and Green Acres Fruit Farm, among others. Peaches are a prime product, highlighted by Wilbraham’s annual Peach Blossom Festival.

The Town’s industrial area is located at the edge of town along Route 20, which connects Wilbraham to Springfield. The headquarters and a major production facility for Friendly Ice Cream Corporation is located there. Commercial activity in the center of town includes a convenience store, gas station and a soon to be built mixed use development named Wilbraham Center Village. The Wilbraham-Monson Academy, a private co-educational secondary school was founded in 1825. Its campus graces the Town Center.