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Overview

Introduction to Salisbury, Massachusetts

Salisbury, Massachusetts, in Essex county, is 11 miles E of Haverhill, Massachusetts (center to center) and 34 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts.

Salisbury History

Salisbury, which was settled in 1638, was first inhabited by the Naumkeag tribe of Indians. It was originally named Colchester, but in 1640, the town was incorporated as Salisbury, which is also a town in England. It became a popular tourism and recreation center in the nineteenth century. It is located in Essex County, which was created on May 10, 1643.

Salisbury and Nearby Attractions

  • Salisbury Beach State Reservation
  • Custom House Maritime Museum
  • Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
  • John Paul Jones State Historic Site
  • Hampton Beach State Park
  • Redhook Ale Brewery

Things To Do In Salisbury

Salisbury is home to the Salisbury Beach State Reservation, which offers provisions for camping, boating, fishing, and swimming. Nearby museums include Bartlett Museum, Custom House Maritime Museum, American Independence Museum, Cushing House Museum and Garden, and Tuck Museum. Among other places to visit are the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and Hampton Beach State Park.

Salisbury Transportation

General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport is nearby.

Salisbury Higher Education

Colleges closest to Salisbury include Northern Essex Community College, Merrimack College, and North Shore Community College.

People

Total Population 4,595
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 19.4%
Employed Population 16+ 2,355
Age of the Population 48

Families

% of people married 44.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31.6%
Median Earnings25+ $45,927
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $43,145
Median Earnings With High School Degree $45,272

Wealth

Median Family Income $85,194
% Above Poverty Level 85.9%
% Below Poverty Level 14.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 7.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.4%
% Using Public Transportation 2.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 35%
Median Gross Rent $1,023
Median House Value $324,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.2%
US/American 0.6%
English 18.7%
Irish 29.7%

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

Salisbury Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles E of Haverhill, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 34 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County Essex
Standard Zip Codes 01952
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.841
Longitude -70.861

Salisbury 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 11.7 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 EPPING
Distance 17.4 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
Station DURHAM
Distance 21.8 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 33 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Salisbury Beach (01952)

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
Newburyport 17,766 $122,696
Rowley 1,511 $85,756
West Newbury 4,427 $139,321

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

Salisbury Public Libraries

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Salisbury Public Library
17 ELM STREET
Salisbury, Massachusetts
(978) 465-5071

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