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Overview

Introduction to Topsfield, Massachusetts

Topsfield, Massachusetts, in Essex county, is 11 miles SE of Haverhill, Massachusetts (center to center) and 20 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts.

Topsfield History

Originally, the town of Topsfield was inhabited by Native Americans, who made a living by hunting and gathering food. The first white settlers arrived in 1635. Masconomet, the Chief of the surviving Native Americans, sold his property to John Winthrop for 20 pounds. This property now lies in Northern Essex County. To begin, the Topsfield economy was agriculturally based, but by the 1800s, a number of shoe-making factories, stores and inns appeared. With the approach of the 20th century, many large estates were formed. Further changes have since taken place and the town is now a rural suburban community.

Topsfield and Nearby Attractions

  • Beverly Historical Society & Museum
  • Bradley Palmer State Park
  • Boston Athenaeum
  • Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
  • New England Aquarium

Things To Do In Topsfield

Apart from having a peaceful, rural atmosphere, Topsfield also provides numerous recreational opportunities. Nearby parks include, Bradley Palmer State Park, Klock Park, Pye Brook Park, and Georgetown Rowley State Forest. There are also many museums near Topsfield including the American Textile History Museum, the Amos Blanchard House & Barn Museum, and the Armenian Library and Museum of America. Other places of interest are the Gould Barn and the Parson Capen House.

Topsfield Transportation

General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport is nearby.

Topsfield Higher Education

The colleges closest to Topsfield are Endicott College, Gordon - Conwell Theological Seminary, North Shore Community College, and Gordon College.

Demographics

People

Total Population3,435
Male Share of the Population46.6%
Female Share of the Population53.4%
Senior Citizens22.5%
Employed Population 16+1,441
Age of the Population45

Families

% of people married66.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher61.2%
Median Earnings25+$70,156
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0

Wealth

Median Family Income$161,518
% Above Poverty Level98.3%
% Below Poverty Level1.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time33 minutes
% Working from Home3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.2%
% Using Public Transportation2.4%

Housing

People Living Alone14.1%
Median Gross Rent$338
Median House Value$521,600

Ancestry

Irish36.1%
English18.3%
German15.1%
Italian13%
Polish12.4%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)11.7%
French Except Basque6.6%
Canadian5.2%
Dutch3.6%
Swedish3.4%
Portuguese3.1%
Scottish2.2%
Russian2.2%
Welsh1.8%
Brazilian1.5%
Ethiopian1.4%
African1.4%
Lebanese1.1%
Arab1.1%
Hungarian1%
Greek0.7%
Slovak0.5%
Norwegian0.4%
Lithuanian0.2%
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Topsfield Almanac

CategoryValue
County Essex County
Standard Zip Codes1983
Phone Area Codes978
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.63
Approximate Longitude-70.95

Topsfield Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMIDDLETON
Distance3.8 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
Distance12.1 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
StationBEDFORD
Distance19.6 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip46.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Boxford2,472$140,568
Danvers27,558$100,552
Georgetown8,514$127,212
Hamilton8,136$131,250
Middleton9,514$119,344
Wenham5,135$149,550

Topsfield Public Libraries

Topsfield Town Library
1 SOUTH COMMON STREET
Topsfield, Massachusetts
(978) 887-1528

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Topsfield Public Schools

Proctor Elementary
60 Main Street
ZIP: 1983
(978) 887-1530
Middle
Total Enrollment 267
Steward Elementary
261 Perkins Row
ZIP: 1983
(978) 887-1538
Primary
Total Enrollment 346
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