Newbury, Massachusetts

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Newbury, Massachusetts

Introduction to Newbury, Massachusetts

Newbury, Massachusetts, in Essex county, is 12 miles E of Haverhill, Massachusetts and 32 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts. About 6,717 people live in Newbury.

Newbury History

The first European settlers arrived in the Newbury area between April 1634 and July 1635. In 1635, Thomas Parker, along with a small group of settlers, came first to Ipswich, and then to Newbury. However, before the settlers could actually move from Ipswich to Newbury, a resolution was passed that the area, which was then known as Quascacunquen, was to be formed as a plantation and renamed as Newbury.

Newbury and nearby Attractions

  • American Independence Museum
  • Helen Hunt Jackson Home
  • Bradley Palmer State Park
  • Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
  • Jeremiah Lee Mansion

Things To Do In Newbury

Local museums include the American Independence Museum, the Bartlett Museum and the Beverly Historical Society and Museum. The Helen Hunt Jackson Home and Jeremiah Lee Mansion have a large variety of historical artifacts on display. The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and the Pirates Fun Park are popular recreational spots among children and families.

Newbury Transportation

Air transportation is available from Boston Logan International Airport.

Newbury Higher Education

Nearby colleges include Northern Essex Community College, North Shore Community College, Salem State College and Merrimack College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Newbury Low Violent Crime
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Newbury Low Property Crime
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Newbury Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Newbury Well-Paid Single Women
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Newbury Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Newbury College Educated Adults
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Newbury Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Newbury People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of Newbury, Massachusetts

Comparing Newbury 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
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 10 9
Well-Paid Single Men 10 9
Age of the Population 8 7
Male Share of the Population 6 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 7
Female Share of the Population 5 6
Senior Citizens 3 4
Racial Diversity 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 7
Average Household Size 7 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 10 9
College Educated Adults 9 8
People Above Poverty 9 8
People in Middle Class or Better 9 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 9
Public Transportation Use 8 7
Short Commute Times 3 5
Walking and Biking to Work 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 8
Housing Recently Built 5 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 7
People Living Alone 4 5
Affordability of Rents 3 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 10
Low Property Crime 10 8

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Newbury Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles E of Haverhill, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 32 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County Essex
Standard Zip Codes 01951
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.79
Longitude -70.83

Newbury Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 12.1 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 16.2 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 21.2 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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Newbury Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,717 100%
Male 3,254 48.4%
Female 3,463 51.6%
Under 18 1,820 27.1%
18+ 4,897 72.9%
65+ 721 10.7%
Median Age 39.5
Average Family Size 3.16
White 6,604 98.3%
African-American 25 0.4%
Asian 30 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 9 0.1%
Other 19 0.3%
Mixed Race 29 0.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 61 0.9%

Estimated Newbury Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 7,002
Growth 285
Growth % 4.2%

Newbury 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 20.7%
English 20.7%
Italian 11.6%
US/American 5.9%
Polish 5.4%
German 5%
French (except Basque) 4.7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4%
French Canadian 3.6%
Scottish 3%
Greek 1.9%
Scotch-Irish 1.8%
British 1.3%
Portuguese 1.3%
Norwegian 1.1%
Russian 1.1%
Swedish 1%
Canadian 0.9%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Armenian 0.5%
Austrian 0.5%
Welsh 0.5%
Finnish 0.4%
Scandinavian 0.4%
Jamaican 0.4%
Dutch 0.4%
European 0.3%
Belgian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Plum Island (01951)

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)
Newbury 6,717 $83,428
Amesbury 16,450 $62,875
Ipswich 12,987 $74,931
Newburyport 17,189 $73,306
Rowley 5,500 $75,527
Salisbury 7,827 $56,327
West Newbury 4,149 $99,050
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Serves 971 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

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