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Overview

Introduction to Merrimac, Massachusetts

Merrimac, Massachusetts, in Essex county, is 5 miles NE of Haverhill, Massachusetts (center to center) and 32 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts.

Merrimac History

The town of Merrimac is located along the north bank of the Merrimack River. It was settled in 1638, and became part of Amesbury town, which was then referred to as West Amesbury. In 1876, Merrimac was incorporated as a separate town and the riverside area was known as Merrimacport. It is believed that the term 'Merrimac' was derived from the name of an American Indian tribe called Merrimac, meaning, "swift water place," in the language of the tribe.

Merrimac and Nearby Attractions

  • Bartlett Museum
  • Fuller Gardens
  • American Independence Museum
  • Bear Brook State Park
  • Warner House

Things To Do In Merrimac

The town center of Merrimac has typical Victorian architecture, belonging to the late 19th century evidencing the town’s history. Popular museums nearby are the American Independence Museum, the American Textile History Museum, and the Amos Blanchard House & Barn Museum. Historical sites near Merrimac include the Fort McClary State Historic Site, and the Hammond Castle. Several parks in the area are the Bear Brook State Park, the Bradley Palmer State Park, and the Fort McClary State Park.

Merrimac Transportation

Air transportation is available at Logan International Airport.

Merrimac Higher Education

Chester College of New England, Endicott College, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary are near Merrimac.

People

Total Population 6,601
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 15.9%
Employed Population 16+ 3,451
Age of the Population 45

Families

% of people married 56.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 44.9%
Median Earnings25+ $46,042
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,613

Wealth

Median Family Income $93,015
% Above Poverty Level 93.8%
% Below Poverty Level 6.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 36 minutes
% Working from Home 6.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 4.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 20.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,151
Median House Value $310,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.6%
US/American 0.8%
English 20.5%
Irish 26%

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

Merrimac Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles NE of Haverhill, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 32 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County Essex
Standard Zip Codes 01860
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.83
Longitude -71.002

Merrimac 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 5.5 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 EPPING
Distance 14.6 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
Station MIDDLETON
Distance 16 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Groveland 6,646 $102,333
Haverhill 62,079 $73,343
Newburyport 17,766 $122,696
Salisbury 4,595 $85,194
West Newbury 4,427 $139,321

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

Merrimac Public Libraries

Library
Thomas Hoyt Memorial Library
34 WEST MAIN ST.
Merrimac, Massachusetts
(978) 346-9441

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