The Town of Sharon is a picture-perfect New England town. It’s also a busy commuter town of professionals, academics, civil servants, and businesses as well as local enterprises, restauranteurs, artists, and active participants in a network of civic organizations. Sharon has an Open Town Meeting form of government, with three Selectmen and volunteer committees providing town governance.
Sharon, located 22 miles south of Boston, and almost midway between Boston and Providence, has access to Boston and Providence via MBTA commuter trains stopping at the Sharon station, and to New York City and Washington, D.C., via Amtrak trains at nearby Route 128 station. Its population of 18,000–32 percent are children under 19, 56 percent are adults 25-64 years, and 10 percent are seniors over 65–lives mostly in single-family houses ranging from relatively modest ranches to luxury properties. Many town residents have second- and third-generation family roots in Sharon, but the town is also notable for its diversity and openness to newcomers. An Interfaith Clergy Council and an “Affirming Diversity” group foster cooperative understanding among several varieties of Christian and Jewish congregations, an Islamic mosque, and a Unitarian church as well as adherents of Eastern religions, and the group sponsors an annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration.
Beauty and diversity often describe the town of Sharon. It is an attractive community among its neighbors of Canton, Norwood, Walpole, Foxboro, Stoughton, Mansfield, and Easton.