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.


Total Population 61,769
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 13%
Employed Population 16+ 30,614
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 43.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.7%
Median Earnings25+ $42,139
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,854
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,243


Median Family Income $72,401
% Above Poverty Level 87.8%
% Below Poverty Level 12.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 3.9%


People Living Alone 29%
Median Gross Rent $1,042
Median House Value $256,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.9%
US/American 0.7%
English 10.8%
Irish 21.9%

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


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

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
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Georgetown 8,379 $128,661
Groveland 6,805 $97,120
Lawrence 77,364 $36,789
Merrimac 6,536 $94,472
North Andover 28,963 $126,793
West Newbury 4,370 $133,281

Haverhill Public Libraries

Haverhill Public Library
Haverhill, Massachusetts
(978) 373-1586
Library Web Site

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Haverhill Hospitals

(978) 374-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Historic Haverhill


Whittier's birth place between 1890 and 1901

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Whittier's birth place between 1890 and 1901

Whittier's birth place between 1890 and 1901

Whittier's birthplace c1900.

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