Essex, Massachusetts

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Essex, Massachusetts

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High Points

Essex strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Massachusetts):

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Essex Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Essex Well-Paid Single Men
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Essex Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Essex College Educated Adults
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Essex Public Transportation Use
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Essex People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of Essex, Massachusetts

Comparing Essex to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Massachusetts (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 10 8
Well-Paid Single Men 10 9
Age of the Population 8 8
Male Share of the Population 7 7
Senior Citizens 4 6
Racial Diversity 4 2
Female Share of the Population 4 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 4
Average Household Size 6 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 10 7
College Educated Adults 10 7
People in Middle Class or Better 9 5
People Above Poverty 8 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Public Transportation Use 10 6
Walking and Biking to Work 6 4
Short Commute Times 4 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 8
People Living Alone 5 8
Housing Recently Built 3 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 3
Affordability of Rents 1 3

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Essex Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles NE of Lynn, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 23 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Essex
Standard Zip Codes 01929
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.631
Longitude -70.794

Essex Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 9.8 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 63 to 82 F
Oct Temp 45 to 62 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches
Distance 11.5 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 45.3 inches
Distance 19 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
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Essex Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 3,267 100%
Male 1,606 49.2%
Female 1,661 50.8%
Under 18 792 24.2%
18+ 2,475 75.8%
65+ 443 13.6%
Median Age 40.2
Average Family Size 3.03
White 3,218 98.5%
African-American 5 0.2%
Asian 14 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 4 0.1%
Other 7 0.2%
Mixed Race 18 0.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 30 0.9%

Estimated Essex Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 3,346
Growth 79
Growth % 2.4%

Essex Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
English 25.4%
Irish 14%
Italian 10.5%
French (except Basque) 8.3%
US/American 6.1%
Scottish 4.6%
French Canadian 4.5%
German 4.2%
Polish 3.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.4%
Portuguese 2.3%
British 2%
Norwegian 1.4%
Swedish 1.3%
Greek 1.2%
Scotch-Irish 1.1%
Dutch 1.1%
Australian 1.1%
Canadian 0.9%
Lithuanian 0.6%
Russian 0.6%
Finnish 0.5%
Romanian 0.4%
Welsh 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Essex 3,267 $70,152
Beverly 39,862 $66,486
Gloucester 30,273 $58,459
Hamilton 8,315 $79,886
Ipswich 12,987 $74,931
Rowley 5,500 $75,527
Wenham 4,440 $98,004

Essex Public Libraries

T.o.h.p. Burnham Free Library
Essex, Massachusetts
(978) 768-7410

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