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Haverhill, Massachusetts


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Haverhill, Massachusetts

Introduction to Haverhill, Massachusetts

Haverhill, Massachusetts, in Essex county, is 28 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts. The city is located along the Merrimack River and includes attractive historic architecture, especially of the Victorian style. Haverhill offers an active downtown and features picturesque farms and scenic lakes. It's part of the Essex Natural Heritage Area.

Haverhill History

The town was originally a farming community and later developed into a prominent industrial center. During the 18th century the tanneries, shipping industry as well as ship building were flourishing. In the past, Haverhill had a thriving hat production industry. It was incorporated as a city in 1870. The municipality was home to a branch of the American Anti-Slavery Society. Haverhill included a prominent shoe industry during the early 1900's. The municipality was the location of the original Macy's store.

Haverhill Attractions

  • Tattersall Farm is a natural conservation area featuring trails for walking and cross-country skiing.
  • John Greenleaf Whittier Homestead was the birthplace of the notable poet and abolitionist.
  • Winnekenni Castle has a medieval-style appearance and hosts indoor and outdoor cultural events.
  • The Buttonwoods Museum features native American relics and a vast number of collectibles.
  • Dustin Garrison House.
  • Haverhill Antique Market.
  • Kimball Farm.
  • September Fest.
  • Statue of Hanna Duston.
  • Pentucket Arts Center.
  • Kids Fest includes rides, games and a variety of activities.
  • Washington Square is known for its restaurants and taverns.
  • The business district incldudes numerous specialty shops.

Haverhill Activities

Residents and visitors enjoy the hiking trails along the Merrimack River. The Winnekenni Basin is a scenic destination and provides trails for walking and horseback riding. Golf enthusiasts enjoy playing at the local golf courses. Lake Salronstall is popular for swimming and sailing. Boating along the Merrimack River offers scenic views.

Fishing opportunities are available at the numerous lakes and ponds. The city features a popular indoor ice rink and numerous attractive parks for outdoor activities. The historic cities of Newsburyport, Salem and Portsmouth are nearby. Harold Parker State Forest is a scenic location for hiking and horseback riding. Residents enjoy skiing at Bradford which is close by.

Haverhill Higher Education

The city is home to the Northern Essex Community College.

Haverhill Transportation

The MTBA Commuter Rail and Amtrak offer transportation to Boston.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 11% Haverhill Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Haverhill, Massachusetts

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

Families

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Average Household Size 5 4
Portion of People Married 4 2

Wealth

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Median Family Income 7 4
People in Middle Class or Better 6 3
People Above Poverty 6 2
College Educated Adults 5 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Working at Home 6 4
Public Transportation Use 6 7
Short Commute Times 4 7
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1

Housing

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
People Living Alone 7 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 9
Affordability of Rents 5 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 6
Housing Recently Built 2 3

Crime

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Low Property Crime 8 2
Low Violent Crime 4 2

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Haverhill Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 28 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County Essex
Standard Zip Codes 01830, 01832, 01833, 01835
P.O. Box Zip Codes 01831
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.776
Longitude -71.077

Haverhill 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 HAVERHILL
Distance 0.9 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 MIDDLETON
Distance 12.6 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 EPPING
Distance 17.8 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 33 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 61 F
Annual Precip 44.5 inches
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Haverhill Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 58,969 100%
Male 27,984 47.5%
Female 30,985 52.5%
Under 18 15,152 25.7%
18+ 43,817 74.3%
65+ 7,547 12.8%
Median Age 35.5
Average Family Size 3.11
White 52,878 89.7%
African-American 1,419 2.4%
Asian 801 1.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 129 0.2%
Other 2,536 4.3%
Mixed Race 1,188 2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 5,174 8.8%

Estimated Haverhill Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 60,242
Growth 1,273
Growth % 2.2%

Haverhill 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
Irish 16.8%
Italian 14.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.3%
French (except Basque) 10.1%
English 9%
French Canadian 7.8%
US/American 6.3%
Polish 3.6%
German 3.1%
Scottish 2.5%
Greek 2.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.4%
Portuguese 1.1%
Armenian 0.9%
Lebanese 0.7%
Canadian 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.6%
Russian 0.6%
Swedish 0.5%
Dutch 0.4%
Haitian 0.3%
Norwegian 0.3%
European 0.2%
African 0.2%
Jamaican 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Bradford (01835)
Ward Hill (01835)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Haverhill 58,969 $59,772
Georgetown 7,377 $79,649
Groveland 6,038 $73,996
Lawrence 72,043 $31,809
Merrimac 6,138 $69,118
North Andover 27,202 $91,105
West Newbury 4,149 $99,050

Haverhill Public Libraries

Library
Haverhill Public Library
99 MAIN ST.
Haverhill, Massachusetts
(978) 373-1586
Library Web Site

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Haverhill Hospitals

MERRIMACK VALLEY HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
140 LINCOLN AVENUE
(978) 374-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Haverhill High Schools (2004)


(Sorted by Number of Students)

HAVERHILL HIGH
137 MONUMENT STREET
978-374-5700
Serves 1,924 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

WHITTIER REG VOC
115 AMESBURY LINE RD
978-373-4101
A Vocational School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,410 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.7

HAVERHILL ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
415 PRIMROSE STREET
978-374-3482
Serves 37 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.3

TEACH
415 PRIMROSE STREET
978-374-3482
Serves 29 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.2

Haverhill Colleges

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Northern Essex Community College

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11. Reynoldsburg, Ohio 86.6   25.2% 10.1% 27.1% 24 $60,183 7.1% 15% 32,069 5.5% 41.8 0.3% 2.8
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55. Acworth, Georgia 79.5   23.3% 7.2% 29.2% 39 $55,163 10% 20.3% 13,422 8.3% 38.2 0.2% 3.8
56. Lancaster, California 79   22% 8.6% 15.8% 31 $44,681 8% 37.2% 118,718 16.4% 36.8 0.3% 9.2
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