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Overview

Introduction to Lynn, Massachusetts

The city of Lynn is located on the North Shore of Massachusetts, about 10 miles northeast of Boston. Principal highways servicing the city include Massachusetts State Highways 1A, 107 and 129, although the city is also adjacent to Interstate I-95 and U.S. Route 1. The city was named after the town of King's Lynn, England, the original home of the Lynn's first minister, Samuel Whiting. Although originally an agricultural and fishing community, Lynn developed a thriving shoe industry based on the leather shoe making proficiency of its early residents. Incorporated as a town in 1631, Lynn became a city in 1850. In 1892, the city's Thomson-Houston Electric Company merged with the Edison Electric Company to form the General Electric Company, whose jet engine division remains a major employer in the city today.

Lynn has adopted the nickname "City of Firsts," in reference to the fact that the city lays claim to the following "firsts:"

  • In 1629 Lynn became the site of the first tannery in the United States
  • A Lynn resident (Lydia Pinkham) was the first woman to use her image to sell a product (a vegetable compound)
  • The first electric trolley in Massachusetts ran from Lynn in 1888
  • In 1912, the first air mail delivery in New England was made in a flight from Saugus to Lynn
  • The nation's first jet airplane engine was built at Lynn’s General Electric plant in 1942
  • Lynn astronomer Maria Mitchell was the first woman inducted into the Academy of Arts and Sciences

Attractions in and near Lynn

Lynn is home to Lynn Woods, one of the largest municipal parks in the United States. The park spans over 2,000 acres ideal for biking, hiking, and cross-country skiing. Lynn Heritage State Park, home of the Lynn Museum, is the host site for many city festivals and events. There are also many historical sites in town, including the Mary Baker Eddy House, former home of Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist, who purchased the edifice in 1875 and lived there until 1881. Lynn is also home to a professional baseball team. The North Shore Spirit belong to the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball (CanAm League), which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball.

Only minutes away is the city of Boston, home of several world-class sites of interest. Some of these include the Freedom Trail, the Old North Church, the New England Aquarium, the John Hancock Tower, the USS Constitution, the Boston Children's Museum, the Franklin Park Zoo, and the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Presidential Library. Boston is also the proud home of several major league pro sports teams, including the Boston Celtics (NBA basketball), Boston Red Sox (Major League Baseball), Boston Bruins (NHL hockey), and Boston Cannons (MLL lacrosse). Pro football and pro soccer can be found thirty minutes away in Foxboro Massachusetts, home of the NFL's New England Patriots and MLS's New England Revolution.

Demographics

People

Total Population92,074
Male Share of the Population48.6%
Female Share of the Population51.4%
Senior Citizens11.2%
Employed Population 16+43,821
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married39.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher19.6%
Median Earnings25+$35,931
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,258
Median Earnings With High School Degree$33,428

Wealth

Median Family Income$60,421
% Above Poverty Level80%
% Below Poverty Level20%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.6%
% Using Public Transportation13.3%

Housing

People Living Alone28.3%
Median Gross Rent$1,055
Median House Value$263,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)51.6%
Irish13.8%
Italian8.5%
English4.6%
French Except Basque4%
West Indian3.3%
African2.9%
Polish2.1%
Greek2.1%
Haitian2.1%
Canadian1.9%
German1.9%
Portuguese1.2%
Scottish1.2%
Arab1.1%
Brazilian1.1%
Russian1%
Swedish0.7%
Lithuanian0.4%
Nigerian0.4%
Barbadian0.4%
Moroccan0.4%
Iraqi0.3%
Somali0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
Ukrainian0.2%
Kenyan0.2%
Liberian0.2%
Cape Verdean0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.2%
Dutch0.2%
US/American0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Welsh0.2%
British0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Sudanese0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Ugandan0.1%
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Lynn Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Large City9 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Essex County
Standard Zip Codes1901, 1902, 1904, 1905
P.O. Box Zip Codes1903
Company Zip Codes1910
Phone Area Codes339,781, 508, 978, 617
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude42.466
Longitude-70.961

Lynn Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMARBLEHEAD
Distance5.3 miles
Jan Temp20 to 37 F
Apr Temp38 to 57 F
Jul Temp63 to 82 F
Oct Temp45 to 62 F
Annual Precip45.5 inches
StationREADING
Distance9.4 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp35 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip48.3 inches
StationHINGHAM
Distance16.3 miles
Jan Temp20 to 37 F
Apr Temp38 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 81 F
Oct Temp42 to 62 F
Annual Precip49.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Melrose27,787$117,355
Nahant3,471$129,313
Peabody52,235$85,000
Revere53,165$61,557
Saugus27,773$92,181
Swampscott14,250$126,392

Lynn Public Libraries

Lynn Public Library
5 NORTH COMMON ST.
Lynn, Massachusetts
(781) 595-0567

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Lynn Hospitals

North Shore Medical Center - Union Campus
(Non-profit)
500 Lynnfield Street
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Lynn Public Schools

Fecteau-leary Junior/senior High School
33 North Common St
(781) 268-3007
High
Total Enrollment 168
Washington Elementary School
58 Blossom St
(781) 477-7470
Primary
Total Enrollment 56
William R Fallon
100 Robinson St
(781) 477-7370
Primary
Total Enrollment 46
Aborn
409 Eastern Ave
(781) 477-7320
Primary
Total Enrollment 243
A Drewicz Elementary
34 Hood St
(781) 477-7350
Primary
Total Enrollment 426
Breed Middle School
90 Ocallaghan Way
(781) 477-7330
Middle
Total Enrollment 1257
Brickett Elementary
123 Lewis St
(781) 477-7333
Primary
Total Enrollment 320
Hood
24 Oakwood Ave
(781) 477-7390
Primary
Total Enrollment 421
Ingalls
1 Collins St Terrace
(781) 477-7400
Primary
Total Enrollment 639
Lynn Woods
31 Trevett Ave
(781) 477-7433
Primary
Total Enrollment 157
Pickering Middle
70 Conomo Ave
(781) 477-7440
Middle
Total Enrollment 641
Tracy
35 Walnut St
(781) 477-7466
Primary
Total Enrollment 392
Kipp Academy Lynn Charter School
25 Bessom St
(781) 598-1609
Middle
Total Enrollment 466
Capt William G Shoemaker
26 Regina Rd
(781) 477-7450
Primary
Total Enrollment 341
Cobbet Elementary
40 Franklin St
(781) 477-7341
Primary
Total Enrollment 682
Classical High
235 O Callaghan Way
(781) 477-7404
High
Total Enrollment 1391
Edward A Sisson
58 Conomo Ave
(781) 477-7455
Primary
Total Enrollment 420
Lincoln-thomson
115 Gardiner St
(781) 477-7460
Primary
Total Enrollment 248
Lynn English High
50 Goodridge St
(781) 477-7366
High
Total Enrollment 1697
Sewell-anderson
25 Ontario St
(781) 477-7444
Primary
Total Enrollment 255
Wm P Connery
50 Elm St
(781) 477-7344
Primary
Total Enrollment 606
Lynn Vocational Technical Institute
80 Neptune Blvd
(781) 477-7431
High
Total Enrollment 728
Thurgood Marshall Mid
19 Porter St
(781) 477-7360
Middle
Total Enrollment 947
E J Harrington
21 Dexter St
(781) 477-7380
Primary
Total Enrollment 639
Robert L Ford
49 Hollingsworth St
(781) 477-7375
Primary
Total Enrollment 598
Julia F Callahan
200 O'callaghan Way
(781) 477-7340
Primary
Total Enrollment 459

Lynn Private Schools

St Pius V School
28 Bowler St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 468
North Shore Christian School
26 Urban St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 161
Sacred Heart School
571 Boston St R
Elementary
Total Enrollment 223
St Marys Jr-sr High School
35 Tremont St
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 597
Little Theatre School
503 Lynnfield St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
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Shore Drive toward Swampscott 1907 (est.)
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