Natick is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. It is located near the center of the MetroWest region of Massachusetts, roughly 15 miles west of Boston.
Natick had a population of approximately 33,000 to 36,000 in 2021. The town's name comes from the language of the Massachusett Native American tribe and is often said to mean "place of hills".
Natick is known for its high-quality public schools and its strong community. The town includes both residential areas and a downtown district, with a variety of shops and restaurants and a town common that hosts outdoor events throughout the year, including a popular farmers market.
Historically, Natick was the site of one of the "Praying Indian" villages where early Puritan missionaries attempted to convert local Native American tribes in the 17th century. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, it became a center for shoe manufacturing, leading to its nickname, "Home of Champions," because the high-quality shoes made there were worn by Olympic champions.
Natick is also home to the Natick Mall, the largest shopping center in New England, with a wide range of stores and dining options. Other points of interest include the Natick Soldier Systems Center, a U.S. Army research facility, and the Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, a large nature reserve managed by the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
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