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Essex County




Once a thriving mill town, Ipswich today is a culturally and economically

diverse community of approximately 12,000 persons, many of whom are

descendants of Greek, Polish, Irish and English factory workers. There are

summer communities located on Great Neck, Little Neck and Argilla Road,

mixed with year-round residences. The town has a rich and varied history

and is distinguished by a large number of 17th and early 18th century


Ipswich's growth as a suburban town occurred during the 1950's and many

residents commute to Boston by train and automobile. Among the town's

attractions are Crane Beach, Castle Hill, extensive salt marshes, the

Ipswich River, shellfishing and other waterfront activities. Two state

forests and parks, three large tracts owned by religious orders and several

large farms and estates in open space restrictive covenants provide a rural

character to sections of the community. There are 12 churches representing

a wide array of different faiths and numerous active social, civic and

fraternal organizations.

(Narrative supplied by community)



Northeastern Massachusetts, bordered by Topsfield, Hamilton, and Essex on the

south; Boxford on the west; Rowley on the north, and the Atlantic Ocean on the

east. Ipswich is 12 miles north of Salem, 12 miles southeast of Haverhill, 28

miles north of Boston, and 241 miles from New York City.

Total Area: 42.15 sq. miles

Land Area: 32.61 sq. miles

Population: 11,873

Density: 364 per sq. mile

(National Climatic Data Center)

(Middleton Station)

Normal temperature in January.....25.8°F

Normal temperature in July........71.6°F

Normal annual precipitation.......43.6"

U.S.G.S. Topographical Plates

Ipswich, Georgetown, Gloucester

Regional Planning Agency

Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Metropolitan Statistical Area
(1993 Definition)



Municipal Offices

Main Number: (978) 356-2262

Telephone Numbers for Public Information
Form of Government

Board of Selectmen

Town Manager

Open Town Meeting

Year Incorporated

As a town: 1634

Registered Voters (Secretary of State 1994)
Number %

Total Registered 7,964

Democrats 1,676 21.0 %

Republicans 1,428 17.9 %

Other parties 4 0.1 %

Unenrolled Voters 4,856 61.0 %


Senators and Representatives by City and Town



Home Sales (Banker & Tradesman)-

Town Stats - Free market Statistics

Subsidized Housing Units (DHCD 1998)

DHCD Subsidized Housing Inventory

Subsidized Housing Units: The number of housing units which count toward the municipality's 10% goal for low- and moderate-income housing. It includes both subsidized affordable units and market rate units in certain eligible subsidized developments.

Public Housing Units (DHCD 1999)
Conventional State: 246

Conventional Federal: 0

Rental Assistance(DHCD 1999)

State (MRVP: 46

Federal (Section 8): 55



Ipswich is situated in the Greater Boston Area, which has excellent rail,

air and highway facilities. State Route 128 and Interstate Route 495

divide the region into inner and outer zones, which are connected by

numerous "spokes" providing direct access to the airport, port, and

intermodal facilities of Boston.

Major Highways

Principal highways are Interstate Route 95, which passes just west of the

town, and State Route 133.


Commuter rail service is available to North Station, Boston, from Ipswich.

Travel time: 53-55 min.; 170 MBTA parking spaces.


Ipswich is a member of the Cape Ann Transportation Authority (CATA). There

is no fixed route service, but CATA provides a Dial-A-Ride service for the

elderly and disabled.


The Newburyport-Plum Island Airport is a privately owned public-use

facility located 1 mi. SE of town. It has a 2,520'x 50' asphalt runway.

Instrument approaches available: Non-precision.


Board of Library Commissioners On-line Library Catalog

(American Association of Museums)

Ipswich Historical Society

53 S. Main Street

(978) 356-2811


Telephone Numbers for Public Information

Recreational Facilities(Recreational sites and activities)

Department of Environmental Management Recreation Section


(Dept. of Public Health 1992)



Long Term Care

Stephen Caldwell Mem Conv Hom



Rest Homes



Telephone Numbers for Public Utilities


The Department of Housing and Community Development would like to thank the many government agencies noted as having provided information for the community profiles. In addition to these agencies, the Regional Transit Authorities assisted with the transportation component of the profiles. We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of many city and town officials, which enabled us to include information obtainable only at the local level. DHCD would also like to thank the following individuals for providing special help: Leslie A. Kirwan, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Local Services, Department of Revenue; Richard Shibley, Deputy Secretary of State; Bob Beattie of the Department of Public Health; Charles W. Clifford from the Martha's Vineyard Commission; Dennis Coffey of the Executive Office of Transportation and Construction; Donna Fletcher and Christian Jacqz of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs; James Griffin from the MBTA; Karen Loh from Banker & Tradesman; Todd Maio from the Department of Welfare; Geoffrey Morton from the Election Division of the Secretary of State's Office; Stephen R. Muench of the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission; Rol Murrow of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association; Mary Ann Neary and Emmanuelle Fletcher, reference librarians at the State House Library; Jeff Nellhaus from the Department of Education; and George Sanborn, reference librarian at the State Transportation Library.

NOTE: The COMMUNITY PROFILE draws information from a diversity of sources. The main source of information is listed under each section. In some instances comments submitted by the municipality were incorporated to correct and/or enhance the information obtained from the main source. However, no changes were made to those data bases which must be consistent throughout the state. DHCD has made efforts to ensure the accuracy of all data in the COMMUNITY PROFILES, but cannot take responsibility for any consequences arising from the use of the information contained in this document.

Department of Housing and Community Development

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