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There were also a powder mill, three gristmills and four sawmills in town. The Fitchburg Railroad was routed through South and West Acton so that it could serve the mills.South Acton became a busy rail center and was the division point for the Marlborough Branch Railroad.Acton is a suburban town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, approximately twenty-one miles west-northwest of Boston along Route 2 west of Concord and about ten miles (16 km) southwest of Lowell. It is bordered by Westford and Littleton to the north, Concord and Carlisle to the east, Stow, Maynard, and Sudbury to the south and Boxborough to the west. The town employs the Open Town Meeting form of government with a Town Manager and an elected, five-member Board of Selectmen.Acton was named the 11th Best Place To Live among small towns in the country by Money Magazine in 2015, and the 16th best in 2009 and in 2011.), or 1.53 percent, is water.Both stream systems empty into the Assabet River, which passes briefly through the town at its southern corner.Nagog Pond in the north, forms Acton's border with the Town of Littleton and provides drinking water to the Town of Concord.
The median income for a household in the town is 3,532, and the median income for a family is 6,388.Males had a median income of 9,371 versus ,113 for females. About 1.7% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.Acton's history reflects the history of Massachusetts, New England, and the United States.Acton was first settled by Native Americans who used the Assabet, Sudbury and Concord rivers for transportation and the fields for farming seasonal crops.There is evidence of Native American settlements in Acton which go back 7000 years.