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Overview

Introduction to Hamilton, Massachusetts

Hamilton, Massachusetts, in Essex county, is 13 miles NE of Lynn, Massachusetts (center to center) and 22 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts.

Hamilton History

The earliest settlers arrived in the 1638. Originally, Hamilton was part of the town of Ipswich and was called "The Hamlet." It was officially incorporated on June 21, 1793 and was named in honor of Alexander Hamilton, because of his importance in American history. Alexander Hamilton’s portrait was chosen as the town seal in 1903. The splendid historic houses give the town a rural New England feel, and the rich equestrian heritage is apparent by the numerous horseback riders in the area.

Hamilton and Nearby Attractions

  • Beverly Historical Society & Museum
  • Boston Athenaeum
  • Bradley Palmer State Park
  • New England Aquarium
  • Stone Zoo

Things To Do In Hamilton

There are several museums near Hamilton including, Beverly Historical Society & Museum, Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Salem Witch Museum, and Wenham Museum. Popular historic sites, namely, Boston Athenaeum, Boston National Historical Park, and Buckman Tavern may be visited. Hamilton has several parks including Bradley Palmer State Park, Georgetown Rowley State Forest, Plum Island State Park, and Willowdale State Forest. Other places of interest are the Franklin Park Zoo, the Budweiser Brewery, and the New England Aquarium.

Hamilton Transportation

Bradley International Airport is a major airport nearby.

Hamilton Higher Education

Colleges near Hamilton are Endicott College, Boston University, Newbury College - Brookline, and Gordon College.

People

Total Population 8,102
Male Share of the Population 51.9%
Female Share of the Population 48.1%
Senior Citizens 14.3%
Employed Population 16+ 3,778
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 65.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 66.1%
Median Earnings25+ $60,000
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $58,375

Wealth

Median Family Income $126,641
% Above Poverty Level 92.6%
% Below Poverty Level 7.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 8.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 6.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 14.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,145
Median House Value $501,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.3%
US/American 0.7%
English 16.4%
Irish 23.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hamilton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 13 miles NE of Lynn, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 22 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Essex
Standard Zip Codes 01982
P.O. Box Zip Codes 01936
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.636
Longitude -70.843

Hamilton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station MIDDLETON
Distance 9.2 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
Station HAVERHILL
Distance 14.5 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.8 inches
Station READING
Distance 16.9 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Hamilton, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

South Hamilton (01982)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beverly 40,670 $95,632
Essex 1,613 $124,659
Ipswich 4,235 $82,000
Rowley 1,511 $85,756
Topsfield 3,029 $160,347
Wenham 5,092 $150,461

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hamilton Public Libraries

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Hamilton-wenham Public Library
14 UNION ST.
Hamilton, Massachusetts
(978) 468-5577

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Hamilton High Schools

HAMILTON-WENHAM REG HIGH
775 BAY RD
978-468-5300
Serves 717 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

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