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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 Population4,595
Male Share of the Population48.2%
Female Share of the Population51.8%
Senior Citizens19.4%
Employed Population 16+2,355
Age of the Population48

Families

% of people married44.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher31.6%
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 Level85.9%
% Below Poverty Level14.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time34 minutes
% Working from Home7.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.4%
% Using Public Transportation2.6%

Housing

People Living Alone35%
Median Gross Rent$1,023
Median House Value$324,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)7.2%
US/American0.6%
English18.7%
Irish29.7%

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

Salisbury Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Medium City 11 miles E of Haverhill, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City34 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
CountyEssex
Standard Zip Codes01952
Phone Area Codes978
Time ZoneEastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude42.841
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)

StationHAVERHILL
Distance11.7 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
Distance17.4 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
StationDURHAM
Distance21.8 miles
Jan Temp13 to 33 F
Apr Temp34 to 58 F
Jul Temp58 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip42.8 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

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Merrimac6,601$93,015
Newbury6,854$104,344
Newburyport17,766$122,696
Rowley1,511$85,756
West Newbury4,427$139,321

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

Salisbury Public Libraries

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

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