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East Bridgewater, MA 2009 population: 13,969
42° 2′ 0″ N, 70° 57′ 35″ W
The lands that would become East Bridgewater were first settled by Europeans in 1630 as an outgrowth of the Plymouth and Duxbury plantations. On Sachem Rock, the land 7 miles in every direction was purchased from Chief Massasoit and would later become Olde Bridgewater. The East Parish founded in 1723, and officially separated from Bridgewater and incorporated on June 14, 1823.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 17.5 square miles (45.3 km²), of which, 17.2 square miles (44.7 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (1.49%) is water. The town is bordered by Whitman to the north, Hanson to the east, Halifax to the southeast, Bridgewater to the south, West Bridgewater to the west, and Brockton to the northwest. East Bridgewater’s town center is located twenty-seven miles southeast of Boston
East Bridgewater is governed on the local level by the open town meeting form of government, led by a town administrator and a board of selectmen.
On the state level, East Bridgewater Massachusetts House of Representatives as a part of the Seventh Plymouth district, which includes the towns of Abington and Whitman.
The town is represented in the Massachusetts Senate as a part of two districts:
1) In the Second Plymouth and Bristol district, which includes Brockton, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Whitman and portions of Easton;
2) In the Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth district, which includes all or parts of Avon, Braintree, Canton, Easton, Milton, Randolph, Sharon, Stoughton, and West Bridgewater.
On the national level, East Bridgewater is a part of Massachusetts’s 9th congressional district for the House of Representatives. And Massachusetts elects two Senators.
The town is patrolled by the Fourth (Middleborough) Barracks of Troop D of the Massachusetts State Police. East Bridgewater operates its own police and fire departments, has two post offices, one in the center of town and one in Elmwood and a public library. The East Bridgewater school district educates grades K-12.
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