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Overview

Introduction to Merrimac, Massachusetts

Merrimac, Massachusetts, in Essex county, is 5 miles NE of Haverhill, Massachusetts (center to center) and 32 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts.

Merrimac History

The town of Merrimac is located along the north bank of the Merrimack River. It was settled in 1638, and became part of Amesbury town, which was then referred to as West Amesbury. In 1876, Merrimac was incorporated as a separate town and the riverside area was known as Merrimacport. It is believed that the term 'Merrimac' was derived from the name of an American Indian tribe called Merrimac, meaning, "swift water place," in the language of the tribe.

Merrimac and Nearby Attractions

  • Bartlett Museum
  • Fuller Gardens
  • American Independence Museum
  • Bear Brook State Park
  • Warner House

Things To Do In Merrimac

The town center of Merrimac has typical Victorian architecture, belonging to the late 19th century evidencing the town’s history. Popular museums nearby are the American Independence Museum, the American Textile History Museum, and the Amos Blanchard House & Barn Museum. Historical sites near Merrimac include the Fort McClary State Historic Site, and the Hammond Castle. Several parks in the area are the Bear Brook State Park, the Bradley Palmer State Park, and the Fort McClary State Park.

Merrimac Transportation

Air transportation is available at Logan International Airport.

Merrimac Higher Education

Chester College of New England, Endicott College, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary are near Merrimac.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,695
Male Share of the Population46.3%
Female Share of the Population53.7%
Senior Citizens18.1%
Employed Population 16+3,621
Age of the Population46

Families

% of people married59.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher46.3%
Median Earnings25+$56,227
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,607

Wealth

Median Family Income$115,121
% Above Poverty Level94.4%
% Below Poverty Level5.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time37 minutes
% Working from Home6.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.4%
% Using Public Transportation4.1%

Housing

People Living Alone23.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,332
Median House Value$322,100

Ancestry

Irish26.8%
Italian20%
English18.9%
German10.1%
Canadian9.1%
French Except Basque8.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)7.9%
Scottish5.1%
Polish4.5%
Swedish3.7%
Danishn3.6%
Dutch1.9%
Russian1.5%
Portuguese1.5%
Norwegian1.2%
Swiss0.8%
Greek0.7%
US/American0.7%
Ukrainian0.3%
Welsh0.3%
South African0.3%
African0.3%
Belgian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Arab0.1%
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Merrimac Almanac

CategoryValue
County Essex County
Standard Zip Codes1860
Phone Area Codes978
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.83
Approximate Longitude-71

Merrimac Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationHAVERHILL
Distance5.5 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp35 to 58 F
Jul Temp61 to 84 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip46.8 inches
StationEPPING
Distance14.6 miles
Jan Temp13 to 33 F
Apr Temp34 to 57 F
Jul Temp58 to 83 F
Oct Temp37 to 61 F
Annual Precip44.5 inches
StationMIDDLETON
Distance16 miles
Jan Temp17 to 38 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip45.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Groveland6,681$98,810
Haverhill62,340$75,240
Newburyport17,837$124,947
Salisbury4,992$85,353
West Newbury4,484$157,331

Merrimac Public Libraries

Merrimac Public Library
86 WEST MAIN ST.
Merrimac, Massachusetts
(978) 346-9441

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Merrimac Public Schools

Dr Frederick N Sweetsir
104 Church Street
ZIP: 1860
(978) 346-8319
Primary
Total Enrollment 187
Helen R Donaghue School
24 Union Street Ext.
ZIP: 1860
(978) 346-8921
Primary
Total Enrollment 304
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