Sharon is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. Sharon is part of Greater Boston, about 17 miles (27 km) southwest of downtown Boston. The total area of town is 7.13 sq mi (18.47 km2).
Sharon, first settled as part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1637, was deemed the 2nd precinct of Stoughton in 1740. It was established as the district of Stoughtonham on June 21, 1765, incorporated as the Town of Stoughtonham on August 23, 1775 and was named Sharon on February 25, 1783.
The population was 17,612 at the 2010 census, among which 86.1% were whites and 6.9% were Asians. The median age of the population is 42.1. For population 25 years and over in Sharon, 57.6% has a bachelor’s degree or higher and 30.3% has a graduate or professional degree. The most common occupations for male are Computer specialists (10%), other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%), Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (5%), Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5%), Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%), Top executives (4%) and Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (3%).
The median household income in Sharon in 2009 was $94,985, and the median per capita income in 2009 was $48,098. 13% of Sharon families had an annual income above $200,000, and 15% of families had an annual income between $150,000 and $200,000. The estimated median house or condo value in 2009 was $366,124.
The Sharon Public Schools system has five schools. Grades K-5 attend one of the three elementary schools: East, Cottage, and Heights. Grades 6-8 attend Sharon Middle School, and grades 9-12 attend Sharon High School. The Middle School and High School sports teams are known as the Eagles. The school system is noted for its outstanding academic performance and learning curriculum. Most schools are relatively small due to the somewhat low population. The two bigger schools, Sharon Middle School (SMS) and Sharon High School (SHS), both have athletic fields including baseball, football, and soccer fields, as well as tennis courts. In 2011, Sharon High School was awarded the National Blue Ribbon Schools award by the U.S. Department of Education. It was one of two schools in Massachusetts to receive the award.
According to the Massachusetts high school ranking conducted by Boston Magazine, Sharon High School was ranked 8th within Massachusetts in 2012. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement coursework and exams. The AP participation rate at Sharon High School is 66 percent.
Commuter rail service from Boston’s South Station is provided by the MBTA with a stop in Sharon on its Providence/Stoughton Line.
Please download January 2017 Sharon Market Report provided by The Greater Boston Association of Realtors.