Thrive 2024

ThriveWhile Acton and Boxborough are great places to live and work, not everyone is doing well. Too many kids in our community do not read at grade level, too many of our neighbors cannot afford their basic necessities, including housing, and too many people are struggling to achieve mental health resiliency. That’s why we've worked to reimagine our community's future and united under our shared vision, Thrive 2024.

Racial Justice


Mental Health


Early Childhood Success


Financial Stability


Crisis Preparedness


Enhance community-based mental health resilience. 

Increase the number of children who enter kindergarten ready to learn. 

Increase community conversations and support learning about Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Racial Justice.

Increase the use and availability of resources for low-income residents.

Improve preparedness for and ability to respond to disasters. 

Community Data Scan

The 2021 Community Scan analyzes publicly available data to identify changes in Acton and Boxborough from 2009 to 2019. It includes references to Middlesex County (see appendix for listing of 41 towns and cities) and Massachusetts to give context.  

The 2021 Community Scan builds on the 2015 Community Needs Assessment, executed by Carlisle Group on behalf of Acton Boxborough United Way which covered the changes from 2000 to 2013.  

We decided to continue to use the five data groups from the 2015 Scan to make it easier to compare trends and identify changes. We plan to release the data analysis in batches, starting with demographics. Socio-economic, housing, schools and public safety analysis will be published later.

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