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Overview

Introduction to Ipswich, Massachusetts

Ipswich, Massachusetts, in Essex county, is 13 miles SE of Haverhill, Massachusetts and 24 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is part of the Boston metropolitan statistical area. About 12,987 people live in Ipswich.

Ipswich History

The town of Ipswich was initially inhabited by the Native Americans. They called the area Agawam, meaning lowland, marsh or meadow. They hunted and caught fish, especially shellfish, leaving behind mounds of shells. White settlers first came to the town in 1633. The town was officially incorporated in the year 1634. It was named Ipswich, after Ipswich in the county of Suffolk, England.

Ipswich and nearby Attractions

  • Castle Hill
  • John Heard House
  • John Whipple House
  • Crane Beach
  • Dow Park
  • Salem Wax Museum

Things To Do In Ipswich

The parks and recreation departments in the city organize a variety of programs and events for people of all ages. There are various historical sites and museums dotting the city. Take a culinary voyage by visiting the various restaurants in the city that serve local dishes. The city also has a beach where one can relax or enjoy some exciting water and beach sports.

Ipswich Transportation

The nearest major airport to Ipswich is Boston Logan International.

Ipswich Higher Education

North Shore community college serves the city.

People

Total Population 4,003
Male Share of the Population 54.5%
Female Share of the Population 45.5%
Senior Citizens 18%
Employed Population 16+ 2,099
Age of the Population 47

Families

% of people married 45.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 41.5%
Median Earnings25+ $38,750
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $31,413
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,682

Wealth

Median Family Income $87,623
% Above Poverty Level 90.7%
% Below Poverty Level 9.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 10.2%
% Using Public Transportation 6%

Housing

People Living Alone 38.3%
Median Gross Rent $920
Median House Value $358,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.7%
US/American 0%
English 17.6%
Irish 23.9%

Ipswich Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 13 miles SE of Haverhill, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 24 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Essex
Standard Zip Codes 01938
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.679
Longitude -70.841

Ipswich 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 10.5 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
Station HAVERHILL
Distance 12.9 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 READING
Distance 18.6 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Essex 1,733 $117,386
Hamilton 8,098 $126,019
Newbury 6,794 $111,034
Rowley 1,444 $84,659
Topsfield 2,983 $129,688
Wenham 5,039 $146,875

Ipswich Public Libraries

Library
Ipswich Public Library
25 NORTH MAIN ST.
Ipswich, Massachusetts
(978) 356-6648
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Ipswich High Schools

IPSWICH HIGH
136 HIGH STREET
978-356-3137
Serves 602 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.1

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