Shrewsbury is a town in the Worcester Country region of Central Massachusetts. It is most notably the birthplace of white chocolate and the birth-control pill and is approximately 7 mi. (11.265 km) from Worcester and 40.3 mi. (64.85 km) from Boston.
Shrewsbury is a suburb near the city of Worcester populated mainly by families and retired seniors. The town's population has spiked in the past ten years given the convenience of its location to other cities, the success of its public schools, and its ethnically-diverse people. Bordered by Lake Quinsigamond, it is also an aesthetically beautiful town and was nominated by Times Magazine as number 15 of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in 2013 .
Shrewsbury is most frequently accessed through Route 9 and Route 20, the most common east-west state highways. These connect to the easternmost section of Interstate 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike or "Mass Pike") and Interstate 495.
Shrewsbury is easily walk-able, however the most common transportation is by bike or car. The only bus that comes into the area is from the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA), the PDF of which can be found on their site . Because of the dependency on cars and the residential nature of the area, Shrewsbury gets considerable traffic travelling on Route 9 and Route 20. Residents often use back-roads between neighborhoods to avoid main streets.
Additionally, New England gets very cold for roughly half the year, so walking and biking can become difficult. Though the town is usually efficient and prepared for snow removal, cars are generally the safer and warmer choice of transportation.
In addition to several chains of fast food, Shrewsbury has many local eateries and several places for cuisine of different cultures to match the growing variety in its ethnic population.
Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks are infamously numerous in Massachusetts, but Shrewsbury has more the former. Small cafes are also occasionally found and praised by coffee aficionados, but generally Dunkin' Donuts is the "go-to" for locals.
While most restaurants in Shrewsbury offer standard drinks, the most popular pubs, bars, and "hole-in-the-walls" are found in Worcester. Crossing the bridge over Route 9 and following Shrewsbury Street is an easy way to find plenty of notable places without having to go out of the way. There is also a taxi service in Worcester that Shrewsbury lacks.
Shrewsbury's location in Central Massachusetts makes it possible to travel to several towns and cities by highway in an hour or less. Worcester, Boston, Framingham, and Natick are the most popular. Those looking to reach the coast can head to Cape Cod by car.