Located in Worcester County, the town of Paxton was first incorporated into the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1765. While Paxton has always been a small town, the population nearly doubled in the 1960s as many people left the cities for the quieter suburbs. Today, Paxton is still fairly small with a population of just over 4,800 spread across the town’s area of 15.5 square miles. Residents might enjoy the natural beauty of Moore State Park, perfect for walking or hiking, or alternatively going to Thompson Pond.
Route 56 passes through Paxton, as well as Route 122 and Route 31. Paxton borders the neighboring towns of Rutland, Holden, Worcester, Leicester, Spencer, and Oakham.