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Lynnfield, Massachusetts
Lynnfield Old Meeting House
Lynnfield Old Meeting House
Official seal of Lynnfield, Massachusetts
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 1638
Incorporated 1814
 • Type Open town meeting
 • Total 10.5 sq mi (27.1 km2)
 • Land 9.9 sq mi (25.6 km2)
 • Water 0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)
98 ft (30 m)
 • Total 13,000
 • Density 1,240/sq mi (480/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 339 / 781
FIPS code 25-37560
GNIS feature ID 0618299

Lynnfield is a town in Essex County, Massachusetts, in the United States. At the 2020 census, the town population was 13,000.

Lynnfield initially consisted of two distinct villages with a single governing body. Lynnfield Center comprises mostly an agricultural population, while South Lynnfield boasted a mixed culture. Together, the two towns evolved into one of the most prosperous suburbs in the North Shore region of Massachusetts.


Lynnfield Public Library
Lynnfield Public Library

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, while South Lynnfield was a crossroad situated amongst neighboring larger towns. During this time, the town had two inns, a granite rock quarry, a small carbonated beverage bottler, and various eating institutions.

The stagecoach line north from Boston to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, known locally as the "Newburyport Turnpike", ran through South Lynnfield. 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 had attractions such as horse shows and ballroom dancing. Lynnfield has since become a modern, chiefly residential suburb of Boston.

Along with the communities of Chelsea, Lynn, Salem, Marblehead, Danvers, Middleton, Andover, Methuen, Haverhill, Amesbury and Salisbury, Lynnfield was a part of "The Gerry-mander" so described by the Boston Gazette on March 26, 1812.

Lynnfield Center retained limited commuter rail service, via the Boston & Maine Railroad, into the late 1950s/early 1960s with a small railroad boarding platform located not far from the current Town Hall offices.

When, in the 1960s, the United States Post Office implemented the Zone Improvement Program with 5-digit numerical codes, Lynnfield was assigned two ZIP codes, 01940 and 01944, for the Lynnfield Center and the South Lynnfield post offices, respectively. Later, 01944 was reassigned to Manchester (now Manchester-by-the-Sea); South Lynnfield currently shares Zip Code 01940 with Lynnfield Center.

Geography and transportation

Lynnfield is located at 42°31′40″N 71°1′42″W / 42.52778°N 71.02833°W / 42.52778; -71.02833 (42.527895, −71.028348). According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 10.5 square miles (27.1 km2), of which 9.9 square miles (25.6 km2) is land and 0.58 square miles (1.5 km2), or 5.58%, is water. The Ipswich River forms the northern border of the town, and several brooks cross through town. Several lakes and ponds dot the town, including Suntaug Lake, Reedy Meadow, Pillings Pond, and Walden Pond (a less famous cousin of the one in Concord). A portion of the Lynn Woods Reservation is located in the southeast corner of town, and 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. The highest part of town lies on Middleton Hill in the northern part of town.

Lynnfield lies along the western border of Essex County, and is bordered by the Middlesex County towns of Wakefield to the southwest, Reading to the west, and North Reading to the north and northwest. Within Essex County, the town is bordered by Peabody to the northeast, Lynn to the southeast, and Saugus to the south. 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 Route 128 pass concurrently through town twice, becoming separate just over the Peabody line. U.S. Route 1 and Massachusetts Route 129 also enter the town concurrently, separating in the southeast corner of town, at the Lynnfield Tunnel, a local traffic landmark. There are no other state or national routes passing through town. The Springfield Terminal railroad passes through town, but is no longer in service. There is no commuter rail service within town; the nearest service can be found on the Haverhill/Reading Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail just west of town in Wakefield. The nearest airport is Beverly Municipal Airport to the east; the nearest national and international air service can be found at Boston's Logan International Airport.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1850 1,723 —    
1860 866 −49.7%
1870 818 −5.5%
1880 686 −16.1%
1890 787 +14.7%
1900 888 +12.8%
1910 911 +2.6%
1920 1,165 +27.9%
1930 1,594 +36.8%
1940 2,287 +43.5%
1950 3,927 +71.7%
1960 8,398 +113.9%
1970 10,826 +28.9%
1980 11,267 +4.1%
1990 11,274 +0.1%
2000 11,542 +2.4%
2010 11,596 +0.5%
2020 13,000 +12.1%
* = population estimate.
Source: United States Census records and Population Estimates Program data.

As of the census of 2010, there were 11,596 people, 4,179 households, and 3,267 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,143 people per square mile (439.5/km2). There were 4,354 housing units at an average density of 429.2 per square mile (162.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 94.7% White, 0.5% Black or African American, 3.3% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from other races, and 1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 4,179 households, out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.5% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.5% a male householder with no wife present, and 21.8% were non-families. 18.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 25.3% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 19.6% from 25 to 44, 31.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $136,101, and the median income for a family was $95,804, which are both well over the national averages. Males had a median income of $82,386 versus $50,589 for females. The per capita income for the town was $50,916. The average household net worth is $966,273.


The dairy company HP Hood is based in Lynnfield.


Lynnfield Public Schools operates area public schools. Lynnfield High School is the district's public high school. The area is also served by Lynnfield Middle School, Huckleberry Hill Elementary School and Summer Street Elementary School. Our Lady of the Assumption is a private Catholic school located in the town.

The public school system consistently has one of the highest standardized test scores in the state. In 2020, Lynnfield High School was ranked 11th overall and 7th in math and reading proficiency in Massachusetts by U.S. News and World Report. Lynnfield High receives an overall A grade on

Notable people

  • Eddie Andelman, former sports talk show host, TV personality and founder of the Hot Dog Safari
  • Garnet "Ace" Bailey, former Boston Bruins player, killed on 9/11
  • E. Florence Barker (1840–1897), first president of the National Woman's Relief Corps
  • Johnny Bucyk, former Boston Bruin
  • Anson Carter, former Bruins player who lived in town while with the team
  • Jon Casey, former Boston Bruins goaltender
  • John Connolly, former FBI agent, depicted in the movie The Departed
  • Billy Costa, host of Boston radio station Kiss 108's morning show Matty in the Morning, also host of New England Cable News TV Diner and of the annual Federal Reserve Cup of Boston
  • Byron Dafoe, former Bruins goaltender
  • Phil Esposito, Bruins center 1967–1976
  • Dwight Evans, Boston Red Sox outfielder 1972–1990
  • Hank Finkel, former Boston Celtics center
  • Brian Flynn (ice hockey), Montreal Canadiens forward
  • Chris Ford, former Celtics coach and player
  • Kevin Gamble, former Boston Celtic and director of player development at Providence College
  • Ted Green, Boston Bruins defenseman
  • Ken Harrelson, Boston Red Sox outfielder and sportscaster
  • Sib Hashian, drummer, formerly of the band Boston
  • David Hewes, (born in Lynnfield, Essex County, Massachusetts May 16, 1822, born into one of the "old families" of the state that trace back seven generations to the patriot Joshua Hewes.- provided the golden spike marking completion of the rail and he also planned connecting the railroad company's wires to Western Union so the taps of the silver hammer driving the golden spike in Promontory Point, Utah could be heard in San Francisco.
  • Ken Hodge, Bruins right winger 1967–1976
  • Doug Houda, current Bruins assistant coach
  • Dwayne Johnson, former WWE wrestler and actor.
  • Alexei Kasatonov, former Bruins defenseman
  • Steve Kasper, former Bruins player and coach
  • Dennis Kenney, stage performer, and singer
  • Nancy Kerrigan, Olympic figure skater
  • Reggie Lemelin, former Bruins goaltender
  • Pedro Martínez, former Red Sox player who lived in town during playing career
  • John "Pie" McKenzie, former Boston Bruins player
  • Mike Milbury, former Bruins player and coach, former GM of NY Islanders, current commentator for NHL on NBC
  • Andy Moog, Boston Bruins goalie
  • Philip Nel, scholar and author
  • Brad Park, former New York Rangers and Bruins defenseman
  • Rico Petrocelli, former Red Sox player
  • Dana Quigley, professional golfer, born in Lynnfield Center
  • Jean Ratelle, former New York Rangers and Boston Bruins center and NHL scout
  • Dave Reid, Bruins player
  • George Schussel, founder and former chairman of Digital Consulting Institute, founder of Jellicle Investments, Inc.
  • Don Sweeney, former Boston Bruins defense and current assistant general manager
  • Tim Thomas, former Bruins goalie
  • Richard R. Tisei, former State Senate minority leader and 2012 congressional candidate
  • Bob Tufts (1955–2019), San Francisco Giants & Kansas City Royals pitcher
  • Rogie Vachon, former Bruins goaltender
  • Thomas Wellman, early Puritan settler during the great migration
  • Carl Yastrzemski, Red Sox outfielder; Major League Baseball's Triple Crown winner in 1967

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