Introduction to Swampscott, Massachusetts

Swampscott, Massachusetts, in Essex county, is 2 miles E of Lynn, Massachusetts and 10 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is included in the Boston metropolitan area.

Swampscott History

The Naumkeags visited Swampscott regularly to fish and hunt in the 17th century. During 1629, Swampscott was settled for the first time as the eastern part of Lynn. During the 1800s, a number of luxurious resorts were built to attract the wealthy patrons and businessmen. In fact, by the early 20th century, this place was a significant destination for the wealthy and was one of the first resort towns in the nation. Swampscott was incorporated as a town in 1852.

Swampscott and nearby Attractions

  • Fishermans Beach
  • Mary Baker Eddy Historic Hous
  • John Humphreys House
  • Salem Witch Museum
  • House of the Seven Gables

Things To Do In Swampscott

The town of Swampscott features a wonderful public library. In addition, the town also offers a number of parks and recreational activities. You can enjoy a day trip to the historical sites or spend your time in the local shopping center or restaurants in Vinnin Square area.

Swampscott Transportation

Air transportation is available from Boston Logan International Airport.

Swampscott Higher Education

Salem State University is nearby. The university offers courses on campus and online which may include Criminal Justice courses for those interested in probation officer training, Communications courses, and Business courses to name a few.


Total Population 14,036
Male Share of the Population 46.3%
Female Share of the Population 53.7%
Senior Citizens 17.4%
Employed Population 16+ 7,380
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 58.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 56.3%
Median Earnings25+ $54,686
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $31,116
Median Earnings With High School Degree $45,905


Median Family Income $121,661
% Above Poverty Level 94.6%
% Below Poverty Level 5.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 5.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation 10.9%


People Living Alone 27.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,274
Median House Value $434,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.8%
US/American 0.4%
English 10.1%
Irish 27.3%

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

Swampscott Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles E of Lynn, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 10 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Essex
Standard Zip Codes 01907
Phone Area Codes 781
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.47
Longitude -70.918

Swampscott Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.3 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 63 to 82 F
Oct Temp 45 to 62 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches
Distance 10.3 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 11.4 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Lynn 91,626 $58,415
Marblehead 20,270 $131,711
Nahant 3,454 $119,018
Peabody 52,065 $82,298
Salem 42,499 $71,393
Saugus 27,620 $90,984

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

Swampscott Public Libraries

Swampscott Public Library
Swampscott, Massachusetts
(781) 596-8867

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Swampscott High Schools

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

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New Ocean House and beach c1907.

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New Ocean House and beach c1907.

The Beach looking east 1907 (est.)

The Beach c1907.

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