Introduction to Topsfield, Massachusetts

Topsfield, Massachusetts, in Essex county, is 11 miles SE of Haverhill, Massachusetts (center to center) and 20 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts.

Topsfield History

Originally, the town of Topsfield was inhabited by Native Americans, who made a living by hunting and gathering food. The first white settlers arrived in 1635. Masconomet, the Chief of the surviving Native Americans, sold his property to John Winthrop for 20 pounds. This property now lies in Northern Essex County. To begin, the Topsfield economy was agriculturally based, but by the 1800s, a number of shoe-making factories, stores and inns appeared. With the approach of the 20th century, many large estates were formed. Further changes have since taken place and the town is now a rural suburban community.

Topsfield and Nearby Attractions

  • Beverly Historical Society & Museum
  • Bradley Palmer State Park
  • Boston Athenaeum
  • Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
  • New England Aquarium

Things To Do In Topsfield

Apart from having a peaceful, rural atmosphere, Topsfield also provides numerous recreational opportunities. Nearby parks include, Bradley Palmer State Park, Klock Park, Pye Brook Park, and Georgetown Rowley State Forest. There are also many museums near Topsfield including the American Textile History Museum, the Amos Blanchard House & Barn Museum, and the Armenian Library and Museum of America. Other places of interest are the Gould Barn and the Parson Capen House.

Topsfield Transportation

General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport is nearby.

Topsfield Higher Education

The colleges closest to Topsfield are Endicott College, Gordon - Conwell Theological Seminary, North Shore Community College, and Gordon College.


Total Population 3,029
Male Share of the Population 46.5%
Female Share of the Population 53.5%
Senior Citizens 24%
Employed Population 16+ 1,363
Age of the Population 47


% of people married 68.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 61.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $160,347
% Above Poverty Level 97.9%
% Below Poverty Level 2.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 33 minutes
% Working from Home 0.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 2.1%


People Living Alone 15.7%
Median Gross Rent $313
Median House Value $485,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.2%
US/American 0%
English 18.2%
Irish 30.3%

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

Topsfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles SE of Haverhill, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 20 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County Essex
Standard Zip Codes 01983
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.637
Longitude -70.961

Topsfield Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.8 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 12.1 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
Distance 19.6 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Boxford 2,366 $117,583
Danvers 27,400 $98,043
Georgetown 8,441 $123,199
Hamilton 8,102 $126,641
Middleton 9,436 $122,325
Wenham 5,092 $150,461

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

Topsfield Public Libraries

Topsfield Town Library
Topsfield, Massachusetts
(978) 887-1528

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Topsfield High Schools

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Serves 1,276 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

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