Introduction to Newburyport, Massachusetts,

Newburyport, Massachusetts, in Essex county, is 10 miles E of Haverhill, Massachusetts and 32 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts. The city is conveniently located inside the Boston metropolitan area.

Newburyport History

The original inhabitants of Newburyport were the Pawtucket Indians. The Europeans discovered Newbury in 1630 and settled down in the area. Gradually, the port of Newbury turned into a fishing and trading point. In 1974, Newbury broke off and became Newburyport.

Newburyport and nearby Attractions

  • Newburyport Harbor Light
  • Curzon Mill
  • Dexter Industrial Green
  • Newburyport City Hall
  • Healy House
  • Joppan House

Things To Do In Newburyport

There are a number of attractions in the city. The Bartlett Mall, Brown Square and Cashman Park are some places of interest and entertainment in the city. One can pay a visit to The Historical Society of Old Newbury, which is situated on High Street, hosts interesting cultural events.

Newburyport Transportation

Pease International Tradeport Airport is nearby.

Newburyport Higher Education

Northern Essex Community College offers higher education.


Total Population 17,766
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 18.6%
Employed Population 16+ 9,080
Age of the Population 48


% of people married 51.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 59.9%
Median Earnings25+ $56,626
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,607
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,532


Median Family Income $122,696
% Above Poverty Level 92.6%
% Below Poverty Level 7.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 33 minutes
% Working from Home 9.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.2%
% Using Public Transportation 5.6%


People Living Alone 35%
Median Gross Rent $1,120
Median House Value $444,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9%
US/American 0.5%
English 21.1%
Irish 29.1%

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

Newburyport Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles E of Haverhill, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 32 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County Essex
Standard Zip Codes 01950, 01951
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.812
Longitude -70.877

Newburyport Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 10.1 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 16.3 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 18.5 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, Newburyport, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Plum Island (01950, 01951)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Merrimac 6,601 $93,015
Newbury 6,854 $104,344
Rowley 1,511 $85,756
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/.

Newburyport Public Libraries

Newburyport Public Library
Newburyport, Massachusetts
(978) 465-4428
Library Web Site

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Newburyport Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(978) 463-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 769 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

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Old chain bridge (first suspension bridge in America) c1900.

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Old chain bridge (first suspension bridge in America) c1900.

Old chain bridge (first suspension bridge in America) c1900.

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