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Overview

Introduction to Peabody, Massachusetts

Peabody, Massachusetts, in Essex county, is 4 miles N of Lynn, Massachusetts (center to center) and 13 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts. The city is situated in Boston's North Shore suburban region. Due to its early history, Peabody is sometimes referred to locally as "Leather City" or "Tanner City." Centennial Industrial Park is home to several medical and technology firms. Boston Acoustics, Northshore Mall, the Eastman Gelatine Division of Kodak, Christian Book Distributors, Analogic Corporation and JEOL USA are some of the major employers. Peabody is a major factor for the North Shore economy.

Peabody History

It was initially called Northfield and was established within Salem in approximately 1626. In 1868 the city was named in tribute to George Peabody, a notable philanthropist. Giles Corey is regarded as the only person who died by being pressed by stones in the Salem Witch hysteria. He had a farm in Peabody and was buried near Crystal Lake. Initially it was a farming community however, due to the numerous streams in the area, mills were constructed and the town became a primary location for New England's leather industry. Years later, the shutting down of the leather industry's tanneries significantly harmed the economy. During the early portion of the 20th century, the city participated in the automobile revolution.

Peabody and nearby Attractions

  • Northshore Shopping Center
  • Brooksby Farm
  • Peabody Square
  • George Peabody House Museum
  • International Festival
  • Community Concert Series
  • Salem Witch Museum
  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • North Shore Music Theatre
  • Essex Antique shops
  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site
  • Essex Shipbuilding Museum
  • North Shore Music Theater
  • Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
  • New England Pirate Museum
  • The House of Seven Gables

Peabody Activities

Golfing enthusiasts enjoy the Meadow of Peabody Golf Course. The North Shore beaches are popular for a variety of outdoor activities. A walk along the ocean through Nahant, Lynn and Swampscott offers scenic views, including Boston in the background. The Middlesex Fells Reservation provides hiking opportunities.

The area's charming New England villages and historic seaport towns are popular with tourists. Deep sea fishing, river cruises and whale watching are available in the region. The Parker National Wildlife Refuge and the Thacher Island National Wildlife Refuge are situated in the county. The Essex National Heritage Area has thousands of historic sites and districts. Nearby Boston offers a wide variety of activities and entertainment.

Peabody Transportation

Air travel is provided at the Logan International Airport.

Peabody Higher Education

Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Endicott College and Gordon College are located in the area.

People

Total Population 52,065
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 20.4%
Employed Population 16+ 26,330
Age of the Population 45

Families

% of people married 49.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.3%
Median Earnings25+ $43,296
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,201
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,408

Wealth

Median Family Income $82,298
% Above Poverty Level 91%
% Below Poverty Level 9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 2.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,224
Median House Value $335,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.7%
US/American 0.3%
English 9.6%
Irish 25.3%

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

Peabody Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles N of Lynn, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 13 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Essex
Standard Zip Codes 01960
P.O. Box Zip Codes 01961
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.527
Longitude -70.929

Peabody 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 MARBLEHEAD
Distance 3.7 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
Station MIDDLETON
Distance 6.7 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 READING
Distance 10.4 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

West Peabody (01960)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beverly 40,670 $95,632
Danvers 27,400 $98,043
Lynn 91,626 $58,415
Marblehead 20,270 $131,711
Salem 42,499 $71,393
Swampscott 14,036 $121,661

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

Peabody Public Libraries

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Peabody Institute Library
82 MAIN ST.
Peabody, Massachusetts
(978) 531-0100
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PEABODY VETERANS MEMORIAL HIGH
485 LOWELL STREET
978-536-4500
Serves 1,875 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

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