Introduction to Lynn, Massachusetts

The city of Lynn is located on the North Shore of Massachusetts, about 10 miles northeast of Boston. Principal highways servicing the city include Massachusetts State Highways 1A, 107 and 129, although the city is also adjacent to Interstate I-95 and U.S. Route 1. The city was named after the town of King's Lynn, England, the original home of the Lynn's first minister, Samuel Whiting. Although originally an agricultural and fishing community, Lynn developed a thriving shoe industry based on the leather shoe making proficiency of its early residents. Incorporated as a town in 1631, Lynn became a city in 1850. In 1892, the city's Thomson-Houston Electric Company merged with the Edison Electric Company to form the General Electric Company, whose jet engine division remains a major employer in the city today.

Lynn has adopted the nickname "City of Firsts," in reference to the fact that the city lays claim to the following "firsts:"

  • In 1629 Lynn became the site of the first tannery in the United States
  • A Lynn resident (Lydia Pinkham) was the first woman to use her image to sell a product (a vegetable compound)
  • The first electric trolley in Massachusetts ran from Lynn in 1888
  • In 1912, the first air mail delivery in New England was made in a flight from Saugus to Lynn
  • The nation's first jet airplane engine was built at Lynn’s General Electric plant in 1942
  • Lynn astronomer Maria Mitchell was the first woman inducted into the Academy of Arts and Sciences

Attractions in and near Lynn

Lynn is home to Lynn Woods, one of the largest municipal parks in the United States. The park spans over 2,000 acres ideal for biking, hiking, and cross-country skiing. Lynn Heritage State Park, home of the Lynn Museum, is the host site for many city festivals and events. There are also many historical sites in town, including the Mary Baker Eddy House, former home of Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist, who purchased the edifice in 1875 and lived there until 1881. Lynn is also home to a professional baseball team. The North Shore Spirit belong to the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball (CanAm League), which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball.

Only minutes away is the city of Boston, home of several world-class sites of interest. Some of these include the Freedom Trail, the Old North Church, the New England Aquarium, the John Hancock Tower, the USS Constitution, the Boston Children's Museum, the Franklin Park Zoo, and the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Presidential Library. Boston is also the proud home of several major league pro sports teams, including the Boston Celtics (NBA basketball), Boston Red Sox (Major League Baseball), Boston Bruins (NHL hockey), and Boston Cannons (MLL lacrosse). Pro football and pro soccer can be found thirty minutes away in Foxboro Massachusetts, home of the NFL's New England Patriots and MLS's New England Revolution.


Total Population 91,626
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 11%
Employed Population 16+ 43,487
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 39.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.4%
Median Earnings25+ $35,758
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,129
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,438


Median Family Income $58,415
% Above Poverty Level 79.8%
% Below Poverty Level 20.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 5.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.4%
% Using Public Transportation 14.1%


People Living Alone 28.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,016
Median House Value $254,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 50.3%
US/American 0.2%
English 4.8%
Irish 14.7%

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

Lynn Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 9 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Essex
Standard Zip Codes 01901, 01902, 01904, 01905
P.O. Box Zip Codes 01903
Company Zip Codes 01910
Phone Area Codes 781
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.466
Longitude -70.961

Lynn Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.3 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 9.4 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
Distance 16.3 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 81 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

East Lynn (01904)

West Lynn (01905)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Melrose 27,681 $115,506
Nahant 3,454 $119,018
Peabody 52,065 $82,298
Revere 53,095 $58,515
Saugus 27,620 $90,984
Swampscott 14,036 $121,661

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

Lynn Public Libraries

Lynn Public Library
Lynn, Massachusetts
(781) 595-0567
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Lynn High Schools

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Serves 1,616 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

Serves 1,462 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

A Vocational School
Serves 1,220 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.3

A Non-traditional School
Serves 143 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.9

A Non-traditional School
Serves 32 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.6

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Shore Drive toward Swampscott 1907 (est.)
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