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Lynnfield, Massachusetts

  •   State: 
    Essex County
      County FIPS: 
    42°32′20″N 71°02′55″W
      Area total: 
    10.5 sq mi (27.1 km²)
      Area land: 
    9.9 sq mi (25.6 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.6 sq mi (1.5 km²)
    98 ft (30 m)
    1638; Settled 1638; Incorporated 1814
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Lynnfield, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,200 residents per square mile of area (480/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
      Income taxes: 

Lynnfield is a town in Essex County, Massachusetts, in the United States. The town was first settled in 1638 and was made a district separate from Lynn in 1782. It was later officially incorporated in 1814. Historically, Lynnfield functioned as two separate villages connected by one governing body. Lynnfield is located at 42°3140N 71°142W (42.527895, 71.028348) The town commons lies 9 miles (14 km) west of Salem, 14 miles (23 km) north of Boston, and 15 miles (24 km) south of Lawrence. The Ipswich River forms the northern border of the town. Several lakes and ponds dot the town, including Suntaug Lake, Reedy Meadow, Pillings Pond, and Walden Pond. A portion of the Lynn Woods Reservation is located in the southeast corner of town. In the northwest part of town lies part of Camp Curtis Guild, a Massachusetts National Guard base which also contains lands in the neighboring towns. There is no MBTA Commuter Rail service within Lynnfield; the nearest train station is off the neighboring town of Wakefield. Inbound service on the MBTA Bus Route 436 travels to Central Square (sometimes referred to as Condon Circle) and connects with the Newburyport/Rockport Rail Line. The nearest bus stop is located just two blocks southeast of Condon Square. The closest MBTA bus stop on the Bus 436 is located on the southeastern corner of Lynnfield.


The town of Lynnfield was first settled in 1638 and was made a district separate from Lynn in 1782. It was later officially incorporated in 1814. Historically, Lynnfield functioned as two separate villages connected by one governing body: in Lynnfield Center resided a mostly agricultural population. Later this roadway became U.S. Route 1, the route which brought many people north to the small town during the post-World War Two population surge. Lynnfield has since become a modern, chiefly residential suburb of Boston. In the 1960s, the United States Post Office implemented the Zone Improvement Program with 5-digit numerical codes. The town was assigned two ZIP codes, 01940 and 01944, for the Lynnfield Centre and the South Lynnfield post offices, respectively. Later, 1944 was reassigned to Manchester (now Manchester-by-the-Sea); South Lynnfied currently shares Zip Code 01940 with Lynnfield center. In 1812, the town was a part of "The Gerry-mander" so described by the Boston Gazette on March 26, 1812. Along with the communities of Chelsea, Lynn, Salem, Marblehead, Danvers, Middleton, Andover, Methuen, Haverhill, Amesbury and Salisbury, it was also known as "Gerry-Mander" Lynnfield is located on the Newburyport Turnpike, which ran north from Boston to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, known locally as the "Newburyport turnpike".

Geography and transportation

Lynnfield is located at 42°3140N 71°142W (42.527895, 71.028348). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 10.5 square miles (27.1 km²), of which 9.9 sq miles (25.6 km²) is land. The Ipswich River forms the northern border of the town, and several brooks cross through town. A portion of the Lynn Woods Reservation is located in the southeast corner of town. In the northwest part of town lies part of Camp Curtis Guild, a Massachusetts National Guard base which also contains lands in the neighboring towns. There is no MBTA Commuter Rail service within Lynnfield; the nearest train station is off to the west in Wakefield. The nearest general aviation airport is Beverly Municipal Airport to the east, and the nearest commercial airport for domestic and international service can be found at Boston's Logan International Airport. The town commons lies 9 miles (14 km) west of Salem, 14 miles (23 km) north of Boston, and 15 miles (24 km) south of Lawrence.Interstate 95 and Massachusetts State Route 128 pass concurrently through town twice, becoming separate just over the Peabody line. No other state routes pass through the town. The Springfield Terminal Railroad passes through town, but is no longer in service. Inbound service on MBTA Bus Route 436 travels to Central Square, Lynn to connect with the Newburyport/Rockport Commuter rail Line.


As of the census of 2010, there were 11,596 people, 4,179 households, and 3,267 families residing in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 94.7% White, 0.5% Black or African American, 3.3% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander, and 1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7%. The average household net worth is $966,273. The median income for a household in theTown was $136,101, and the median income. for a family was $95,804, which are both well over the national averages. The per capita income for the Town was $50,916. The town is located on the banks of the Little Rappahannock River, which runs through the center of the city. It is the only town in the state with a population of more than 10,000, and it is home to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is based in the nearby town of Hiawatha. The city's population was 11,597 as of the 2010 census, with 4,354 of those being under the age of 18. It has a population density of 1,143 people per square mile (439.5/km²). The town's population is expected to grow to 11,500 by the end of the year, and to reach 12,000 by the year 2050. The population is predicted to reach 13,000 in the 2030 census.


Lynnfield uses the open town meeting model common in New England with a Board of Selectmen overseeing the operation of the town. The town is part of Massachusetts's 6th congressional district, represented by Seth Moulton, effective January 2015. In the Massachusetts Senate, Lynnfield lies within the Third Essex district and is currently represented by Democrat Brendan Crighton. The Republican presidential vote share in the town dropped to 51.5% in 2016. In 2020, Joe Biden became the first Democratic presidential nominee to win the town since 1996. Lynnfield is located in Massachusetts's 3rd Middlesex district, which is represented by Republican Bradley Jones, Jr. It is also located in the 3rd Essex district of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where it is represented as part of the 20th Middlesex House district. It has a population of 3,000, making it one of the smallest towns in the state with a population in excess of 4,000. It was the site of the Boston Marathon bombings on September 11, 2013. The city is located on the Massachusetts Turnpike, which runs through the town of Lynnfield. The turnpike was built in 1881 and was named after the town's first post-Civil War mayor, William Turnpikes. The name Lynnfield was adopted in honor of William Lynn, who was the first settler to arrive in the area in 1883. The current mayor is William O'Neill, a Republican who was elected to the town council in 1974.


Lynnfield High School is the district's public high school. Our Lady of the Assumption is a private Catholic school located in the town. The area is also served by Lynnfield Middle School, Huckleberry Hill Elementary School and Summer Street Elementary School. The public school system consistently has one of the highest standardized test scores in the state. In 2020, Lynnfield High was ranked 11th overall and 7th in math and reading proficiency in Massachusetts by U.S. News & World Report. The school receives an overall A grade on and is ranked No. 1 in Massachusetts for reading and math proficiency in the past three years. The town is located on the Massachusetts Turnpike, which runs from Boston to Boston. It is also on the Mass Pike, which connects Boston to New York City and the rest of the Northeast. The turnpike is one of only a handful of roads in Massachusetts that runs through the town, and it is the only one that is fully ADA-compliant. It also provides access to the town's parks, which are fully handicapped-accessible and fully-accessible. The city also has a public library, which is fully handicap-accessible, and a community center, which offers free and reduced-price lunches to the public in the evenings and on the weekends. It was also the first public library in Massachusetts to open in the 1970s, and the first in Massachusetts in the 1980s. It has been the only public library since then.


Market Street is based in Lynnfield and opened in 2013. The outdoor shopping plaza has 80+ stores including restaurants and shops for everyone to enjoy. During the winter months, Market Street has an ice rink for all to enjoy including skate rentals. Located directly off of I-95 south at exit 61, Market street is a great place for families to enjoy and is full of exciting events for everyone. The dairy company HP Hood is based on Market Street and has a store on the plaza. The plaza is open to the public in the summer and in the winter, and the ice rink is open for skate rentals during the winter. It is located on the north side of the highway, just south of the exit 61 exit for Interstate 95 south.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Lynnfield, Essex County, Massachusetts = 36.8. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 13. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Lynnfield = 3.2 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 22,529 individuals with a median age of 45 age the population dropped by -1.91% in Lynnfield, Essex County, Massachusetts population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,200 residents per square mile of area (480/km²). There are average 2.73 people per household in the 4,146 households with an average household income of $99,469 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 7.70% of the available work force and has dropped -4.07% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 24.16%. The number of physicians in Lynnfield per 100,000 population = 202.3.


The annual rainfall in Lynnfield = 47.7 inches and the annual snowfall = 48 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 118. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 199. 83 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 18.4 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 50, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Lynnfield, Essex County, Massachusetts which are owned by the occupant = 91.69%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 48 years with median home cost = $448,470 and home appreciation of -5.26%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $11.64 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $7,096 per student. There are 15.1 students for each teacher in the school, 575 students for each Librarian and 884 students for each Counselor. 6.60% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 28.20% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 21.25% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Lynnfield's population in Essex County, Massachusetts of 8,937 residents in 1900 has increased 2,52-fold to 22,529 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.68% female residents and 49.32% male residents live in Lynnfield, Essex County, Massachusetts.

    As of 2020 in Lynnfield, Essex County, Massachusetts are married and the remaining 32.82% are single population.

  • 30.8 minutes is the average time that residents in Lynnfield require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    81.69% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 5.93% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 3.91% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 6.79% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Lynnfield, Essex County, Massachusetts, 91.69% are owner-occupied homes, another 5.63% are rented apartments, and the remaining 2.68% are vacant.

  • The 59.56% of the population in Lynnfield, Essex County, Massachusetts who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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