Why Choose Shrewsbury
Incorporated in 1727, Shrewsbury is governed by a representative town meeting, a five member Board of Selectmen, and an appointed Town Manager. Shrewsbury is a proud New England town located in Central Massachusetts adjacent to Worcester, the second largest city in New England, and within 45 minutes of Boston. Located west of the 495 Corridor and providing easy access to Interstates 90 and 290, Routes 9 and 20, and two MBTA commuter rail locations, Shrewsbury is the ideal location for your home or business.
Diversifying the tax base by welcoming businesses, providing high quality municipal services, and preserving an excellent school system are the Town’s top priorities. The Town of Shrewsbury is committed to providing the highest level of services while remaining an affordable place to live.
As a testament to these priorities, Niche and Money Magazine rate Shrewsbury as one of the best places to live in America. Additionally, Shrewsbury has been awarded gold-level status as a BioReady community by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council since 2011. Shrewsbury is a business-friendly community that provides first-class municipal services to its residents while maintaining one of the lowest flat tax rates in Central Massachusetts.
A GREAT PLACE TO DO BUSINESS Massachusetts has historically been at the forefront of achievement. Companies continue to come to Massachusetts in pursuit of unparalleled intellectual and business resources. Today, Massachusetts is renowned for its unmatched mix of world-class universities, hospitals, internationally acclaimed medical schools, and a vibrant biotechnical sector. The biotechnical industry is represented by over 60 companies in Worcester County alone.
Neighboring the City of Worcester with its growing medical and biotechnical fields, Shrewsbury has been and will continue to be a part of these vibrant industries. Shrewsbury has been home to a campus of the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School and its administrative offices. A center of state-of-the-art health care and medical research services, UMass Memorial Health Care is the largest not-for-profit health care system in Central New England with 1,700 physicians and over 14,000 employees in their network of care. Located less than a mile from Shrewsbury, the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School is one of the fastest-growing academic health centers in the country, attracting more than $254 million in research funding and placing 21st nationally in National Institutes of Health funding in 2020. In 2021, the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School received a $175 million donation from the Morningside Foundation, almost doubling the school’s endowment.
Massachusetts has the highest concentration of colleges and universities in the United States. These colleges and universities have educated over 300 Nobel Prize winners. Employers in Shrewsbury have easy access to unmatched intellectual capital, with over 35,000 college students in the neighboring City of Worcester. Shrewsbury is within minutes of over 10 colleges and universities, including Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, and the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School.
A proven business-friendly community, the town of Shrewsbury is a sought-after location for businesses and is committed to ease the process of relocating and building through newly approved Chapter 43D expedited permitting not to exceed 6 months.
A GREAT PLACE TO LIVEShrewsbury is proud to be served by its own police and fire departments. It is also uniquely served by a municipally operated electric, telephone, television and internet department, which allows the Town to offer competitive utility rates that are 20-30% below the industry average. Shrewsbury also has its own senior center, public library and various recreational parks. Shrewsbury has a commitment to its infrastructure with a new police station currently under construction and a new elementary school constructed in 2021. Shrewsbury is also proud of its award winning public school system. The U.S. News and World Report consistently lists Shrewsbury High School in its annual Best High Schools report. In their 2021 report, Shrewsbury High School was ranked in the top 6% of high schools nationally.
Historically a summer resort destination located on the beautiful Lake Quinsigamond, the Town of Shrewsbury has a long history of providing recreational opportunities to both residents and visitors alike. With over thirty parks and recreational spaces, and a myriad of businesses and restaurants in the Town Center District and Lakeway Business District, there is no shortage of activities for residents and visitors to enjoy.
Shrewsbury is home to a variety of professionals who have chosen it as an ideal, central location with its proximity to airports, the ocean and beaches, and the mountains all while maintaining the atmosphere of a suburb. With easy access to Boston within 45 minutes, and Providence, Hartford, Manchester and Cape Cod within 90 minutes, Shrewsbury benefits from being within reach of various recreational and cultural activities.
Whether you are a prospective business or resident, Shrewsbury is a great community to help you thrive!