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. As of the 2000 census, 5,500 people lived in Rowley.

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.


Total Population 1,444
Male Share of the Population 43.4%
Female Share of the Population 56.6%
Senior Citizens 21.5%
Employed Population 16+ 770
Age of the Population 53


% of people married 60.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.1%
Median Earnings25+ $43,969
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $41,136


Median Family Income $84,659
% Above Poverty Level 96%
% Below Poverty Level 4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.1%
% Using Public Transportation 5.6%


People Living Alone 31.9%
Median Gross Rent $696
Median House Value $391,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.2%
US/American 0%
English 20.2%
Irish 29%

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


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

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
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
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 8,379 $128,661
Hamilton 8,098 $126,019
Ipswich 4,003 $87,623
Newbury 6,794 $111,034
Newburyport 17,662 $116,892
Topsfield 2,983 $129,688

Rowley Public Libraries

Rowley Free Public Library
Rowley, Massachusetts
(978) 948-2850
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