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Georgetown, Massachusetts
Spire of the First Congregational Church in Georgetown
Spire of the First Congregational Church in Georgetown
Official seal of Georgetown, Massachusetts
New Rowley
(former official name)
Location in Essex County and the state of Massachusetts.
Location in Essex County and the state of Massachusetts.
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Essex
Settled 1639
Incorporated 1838
 • Type Open town meeting
 • Total 13.2 sq mi (34.1 km2)
 • Land 12.9 sq mi (33.3 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
79 ft (24 m)
 • Total 8,183
 • Density 621.5/sq mi (240.0/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 351 / 978
FIPS code 25-25625
GNIS feature ID 0619445

Georgetown is a town in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 8,183 at the 2010 census. It was incorporated in 1838 from part of Rowley.


Georgetown was originally settled in 1639 as a part of the town of Rowley by the Reverend Ezekiel Rogers. The town at the time stretched from the Atlantic coast to the Merrimack River, south of Newbury and north of Ipswich. Several farmers, finding suitable meadowlands in the western half of the settlement, began settling along the Penn Brook by the middle of the seventeenth century, creating Rowley's West Parish. Though not directly involved in King Philip's War, the village nonetheless did become a victim of Indian raids. The village, which became known as New Rowley, grew for many years, with small mills and eventually a shoe company opening up in the town. By 1838, the town was sufficiently large enough for its own incorporation, and was renamed Georgetown. Small industry continued, and today the town is mostly residential in nature, a distant suburb of Boston's North Shore.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 13.2 square miles (34.1 km2), of which 12.9 square miles (33.3 km2) is land and 0.31 square miles (0.8 km2), or 2.20%, is water. Georgetown is located on the edge of the hills and coastal plain of northeastern Massachusetts. It has many streams and brooks, as well as two major ponds, Rock Pond and Pentucket Pond. The town has several areas of protected land, including the Georgetown-Rowley State Forest to the south, the Crane Pond Wildlife Management Area to the north, the Lufkins Brook Area to the west, and a small portion of the Boxford State Forest in the southwest.

Georgetown is located approximately 10 miles (16 km) east of Lawrence and 28 miles (45 km) north of Boston, north of the center of Essex County. It is about 30 minutes north of Boston. It is bordered by Groveland to the northwest, Newbury to the northeast, Rowley to the southeast, and Boxford to the southwest. Interstate 95 crosses through the eastern half of town, with one exit within the town, at Route 133. Route 133 crosses from east to west through town, with Route 97 crossing from northwest to south. Both state routes share a short stretch of road near the town center. The town has no mass transit; the nearest rail service can be found along the Newburyport/Rockport Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail in Rowley. The nearest air service is at Logan International Airport.


See also: List of Massachusetts locations by per capita income
Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1850 2,052 —    
1860 2,075 +1.1%
1870 2,088 +0.6%
1880 2,231 +6.8%
1890 2,117 −5.1%
1900 1,663 −21.4%
1910 1,621 −2.5%
1920 1,478 −8.8%
1930 1,853 +25.4%
1940 1,803 −2.7%
1950 2,411 +33.7%
1960 3,755 +55.7%
1970 5,290 +40.9%
1980 5,687 +7.5%
1990 6,384 +12.3%
2000 7,377 +15.6%
2010 8,183 +10.9%
* = population estimate.
Source: United States Census records and Population Estimates Program data.

As of the census of 2000, there were 7,377 people, 2,566 households, and 2,024 families residing in the town. The population density was 570.2 people per square mile (220.1/km²). There were 2,616 housing units at an average density of 202.2 per square mile (78.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.52% White, 0.15% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.64% of the population.

There were 2,566 households out of which 41.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.8% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.1% were non-families. 16.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the town, the population was spread out with 28.6% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.2 males.

According to the 2010 census the median income for a household in the town was $108,137, and in 2008 the median income for a family was $79,649. Males had a median income of $58,806 versus $36,108 for females. The per capita income for the town was $28,846. About 2.7% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.

Points of interest

First Congregational Church - Georgetown, Massachusetts
Front view of the First Congregational Church
  • Brocklebank-Nelson-Beecher House
  • Erie 4 Fire Company is the oldest privately owned and operated volunteer fire company in America.
  • Georgetown-Rowley State Forest
  • Goodrich Massacre Site
  • The "Old Nancy" cannon, a relic of the Revolutionary War that is owned by the town, may be viewed at the Town Hall
  • Union Cemetery. Cuffee Dole, an African-American man, was buried on the outskirts of the cemetery, but as it grew his plot became more centrally located.
  • Georgetown Peabody Library is the town's only public library and named for the noted philanthropist George Peabody who provided the funds to build the library to honor his mother. Mr. Peabody provided the funds necessary for the building of the Peabody Institute Libraries in Danvers and Peabody, as well Georgetown (Washington, D.C.), Baltimore, Thetford, Vermont, Austin, Texas and others. He funded the establishment of the Peabody Museums at Harvard and Yale and in Salem. The Peabody Library recently finished an addition and renovation.

Popular culture

  • Sammarco, Anthony Mitchell, Georgetown, Arcadia Publishing, Images of America series, 2002

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