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Overview

Introduction to Rowley, Massachusetts

Rowley, Massachusetts, in Essex county, is 10 miles E of Haverhill, Massachusetts (center to center) and 27 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts.

Rowley History

When the town of Rowley was incorporated in 1639, it included portions of the present day Bayfield, Georgetown, and Haverhill. Named after the East Riding of Yorkshire, Rowley, it was originally settled as a plantation by Reverend Ezekiel Rogers. The construction of fulling and grist mills caused the town to become popular for its cotton, hemp, and flax cloth.

Rowley and Nearby Attractions

  • American Independence Museum
  • Buckman Tavern
  • Salisbury Beach State Reservation
  • Brooks Estate
  • Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Things To Do In Rowley

The American Independence Museum and the Custom House Maritime Museum showcase artifacts and memorabilia of historical importance. The John Greenleaf Whittier Home, and Hammond Castle are some of the historic sites near Rowley. The Salisbury Beach State Reservation and the Hampton Beach State Park offer opportunities for camping, fishing, and boating. The Georgetown Rowley State Forest, Willowdale State Forest, and Parker River National Wildlife Refuge are among other popular destinations in the Rowley area. Parks in the region include the Bradley Palmer State Park, and the Plum Island State Park. Fuller Gardens, and Stone Zoo are also close by.

Rowley Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Logan International Airport.

Rowley Higher Education

Colleges close to Rowley include North Shore Community College, Salem State College, and Northern Essex Community College.

People

Total Population 1,511
Male Share of the Population 42.1%
Female Share of the Population 57.9%
Senior Citizens 20.1%
Employed Population 16+ 764
Age of the Population 52

Families

% of people married 48.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $85,756
% Above Poverty Level 93.7%
% Below Poverty Level 6.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.9%
% Using Public Transportation 4.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.8%
Median Gross Rent $662
Median House Value $392,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15%
US/American 0%
English 15.6%
Irish 33.2%

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

Rowley Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles E of Haverhill, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 27 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County Essex
Standard Zip Codes 01969
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.727
Longitude -70.879

Rowley 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 9.9 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 MIDDLETON
Distance 11.3 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 READING
Distance 19.5 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Georgetown 8,441 $123,199
Hamilton 8,102 $126,641
Ipswich 4,235 $82,000
Newbury 6,854 $104,344
Newburyport 17,766 $122,696
Topsfield 3,029 $160,347

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

Rowley Public Libraries

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Rowley Free Public Library
17 WETHERSFIELD ST.
Rowley, Massachusetts
(978) 948-2850
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