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Overview

Introduction to Peabody, Massachusetts

Peabody, Massachusetts, in Essex county, is 4 miles N of Lynn, Massachusetts (center to center) and 13 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts. The city is situated in Boston's North Shore suburban region. Due to its early history, Peabody is sometimes referred to locally as "Leather City" or "Tanner City." Centennial Industrial Park is home to several medical and technology firms. Boston Acoustics, Northshore Mall, the Eastman Gelatine Division of Kodak, Christian Book Distributors, Analogic Corporation and JEOL USA are some of the major employers. Peabody is a major factor for the North Shore economy.

Peabody History

It was initially called Northfield and was established within Salem in approximately 1626. In 1868 the city was named in tribute to George Peabody, a notable philanthropist. Giles Corey is regarded as the only person who died by being pressed by stones in the Salem Witch hysteria. He had a farm in Peabody and was buried near Crystal Lake. Initially it was a farming community however, due to the numerous streams in the area, mills were constructed and the town became a primary location for New England's leather industry. Years later, the shutting down of the leather industry's tanneries significantly harmed the economy. During the early portion of the 20th century, the city participated in the automobile revolution.

Peabody and nearby Attractions

  • Northshore Shopping Center
  • Brooksby Farm
  • Peabody Square
  • George Peabody House Museum
  • International Festival
  • Community Concert Series
  • Salem Witch Museum
  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • North Shore Music Theatre
  • Essex Antique shops
  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site
  • Essex Shipbuilding Museum
  • North Shore Music Theater
  • Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
  • New England Pirate Museum
  • The House of Seven Gables

Peabody Activities

Golfing enthusiasts enjoy the Meadow of Peabody Golf Course. The North Shore beaches are popular for a variety of outdoor activities. A walk along the ocean through Nahant, Lynn and Swampscott offers scenic views, including Boston in the background. The Middlesex Fells Reservation provides hiking opportunities.

The area's charming New England villages and historic seaport towns are popular with tourists. Deep sea fishing, river cruises and whale watching are available in the region. The Parker National Wildlife Refuge and the Thacher Island National Wildlife Refuge are situated in the county. The Essex National Heritage Area has thousands of historic sites and districts. Nearby Boston offers a wide variety of activities and entertainment.

Peabody Transportation

Air travel is provided at the Logan International Airport.

Peabody Higher Education

Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Endicott College and Gordon College are located in the area.

Demographics

People

Total Population52,235
Male Share of the Population48.1%
Female Share of the Population51.9%
Senior Citizens20.9%
Employed Population 16+26,553
Age of the Population45

Families

% of people married49.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher30.1%
Median Earnings25+$43,389
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,273
Median Earnings With High School Degree$34,018

Wealth

Median Family Income$85,000
% Above Poverty Level91.8%
% Below Poverty Level8.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.8%
% Using Public Transportation3.1%

Housing

People Living Alone33%
Median Gross Rent$1,239
Median House Value$345,500

Ancestry

Irish24.2%
Italian21.8%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)15.4%
English9.2%
French Except Basque6.9%
Portuguese5.9%
Polish5.5%
Canadian4.5%
Greek4.2%
German3.6%
Brazilian3.1%
Scottish2.4%
Russian2.3%
Swedish1.2%
African1%
Albanian0.9%
Lithuanian0.8%
Ukrainian0.5%
Dutch0.5%
Kenyan0.5%
Finnish0.5%
West Indian0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Norwegian0.3%
Arab0.3%
US/American0.3%
Romanian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Haitian0.2%
Nigerian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Maltese0.1%
Cape Verdean0.1%
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Peabody Almanac

CategoryValue
County Essex County
Standard Zip Codes1960
P.O. Box Zip Codes1961
Phone Area Codes508,978, 351
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.53
Approximate Longitude-70.97

Peabody 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
Distance3.7 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
StationMIDDLETON
Distance6.7 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
StationREADING
Distance10.4 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Beverly40,967$98,151
Danvers27,558$100,552
Lynn92,074$60,421
Marblehead20,363$135,991
Salem42,804$78,728
Swampscott14,250$126,392

Peabody Public Libraries

Peabody Institute Library
82 MAIN ST.
Peabody, Massachusetts
(978) 531-0100

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Peabody Hospitals

Lahey Medical Center - Peabody
(Non-profit)
One Essex Center Drive
Kindred Hospital Boston - North Shore
(Proprietary)
15 King Street

Peabody Public Schools

Thomas Carroll
60 Northend Street
ZIP: 1960
(978) 536-4200
Primary
Total Enrollment 586
William A Welch Sr
50 Swampscott Avenue
ZIP: 1960
(978) 536-5775
Primary
Total Enrollment 345
John E. Mccarthy
76 Lake Street
ZIP: 1960
(978) 536-5625
Primary
Total Enrollment 305
Captain Samuel Brown
150 Lynn Street
ZIP: 1960
(978) 536-4100
Primary
Total Enrollment 359
Center
18 Irving Street
ZIP: 1960
(978) 536-5475
Primary
Total Enrollment 410
John E Burke
127 Birch Street
ZIP: 1960
(978) 536-5400
Primary
Total Enrollment 286
South Memorial
16 Maple St Ext
ZIP: 1960
(978) 536-5700
Primary
Total Enrollment 451
J Henry Higgins Middle
1 King Street Ext
ZIP: 1960
(978) 536-4800
Middle
Total Enrollment 1268
Peabody Veterans Memorial High
485 Lowell Street
ZIP: 1960
(978) 536-4500
High
Total Enrollment 1693
West Memorial
15 Bow Street
ZIP: 1960
(978) 536-5850
Primary
Total Enrollment 269

Peabody Private Schools

Bishop Fenwick High School
99 Margin St
ZIP: 1960
Secondary
Total Enrollment 563
St John The Baptist School
19 Chestnut St
ZIP: 1960
Elementary
Total Enrollment 429
Covenant Christian Academy
83 Pine St Ste 9
ZIP: 1960
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 216
Kindercare Learning Center
520 Lowell St
ZIP: 1960
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Bridge To Learning Childrens Center
567 Lowell St
ZIP: 1960
Elementary
Total Enrollment 1
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