- North Andover, Massachusetts
North Andover, Massachusetts — Town — Coordinates: Coordinates: Country United States State Massachusetts County Essex Settled 1644 Incorporated 1855 Government - Type Open town meeting - Town
open (July 2011) - Board of
Chair Rosemary Smedile,
Daniel P. Lanen,
Tracy M. Watson
Area - Total 27.8 sq mi (72.1 km2) - Land 26.7 sq mi (69.0 km2) - Water 1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2) Elevation 75 ft (23 m) Population (2000) - Total 27,202 - Density 1,020.7/sq mi (394.1/km2) Time zone Eastern (UTC-5) - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4) ZIP code 01845 Area code(s) 978 FIPS code 25-46365 GNIS feature ID 0618306 Website http://www.townofnorthandover.com/
North Andover is a town in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. North Andover is the home of Merrimack College, a private, Catholic four-year institution (though the college has expanded into Andover as well).
From 1646 to her death in 1672, North Andover was the home of America's first published poet, Anne Dudley Bradstreet and her family. Mistress Bradstreet, her husband Simon and six of their children (Dudley and John were born after moving from Ipswich) helped found this original Andover Parish.
North Andover is the parent town of the Andovers. The lands south of the Merrimack River around Lake Cochichewick and the Shawsheen River were set aside by the Massachusetts General Court in 1634 for the purpose of creating an inland plantation. The Cochichewick Plantation, as it was called, was purchased on May 6, 1646 when Reverend John Woodbridge, who had settled the land for the English, paid Penacook chief Cutshmache six pounds for the lands. The plantation was then incorporated as Andover, most likely in honor of the hometown of many early residents, Andover, Hampshire, England. The town was centered in what is now North Andover, but the spread of settlement south and west of the old town center created much conflict in the early years about the location of the parish church. In 1709, the matter was brought to the General Court, which set aside two parish churches, north and south. The parishes grew apart as the years went on and on April 7, 1855 the North parish (ironically, the original parish) separated from the south and was incorporated as North Andover.
There are several first period (pre-1720) houses still standing in town. The oldest house is probably the Bridges House, relocated from Marbleridge Road to Court Street in the 1990s; the original portion of this house probably dates to about 1690. Other first period houses include the Stevens House on Great Pond Road; the Faulkner House on Appleton Street; the Stevens House on Salem Street; the Barnard House, which is a museum; a house on Andover Street near the intersection with Chickering Road; and the Carlton-Frie-Tucker House at 140 Mill Road. No house in North Andover has been scientifically dated by dendrochronology as of yet, so dates are based solely on stylistic elements, original deeds, and tradition. The Barnard House is most unusual and might prove to be one of the few examples of a house dating to an earlier year than established by architectural historians.
North Andover's development was varied, with much of the land along the Shawsheen and Merrimack being concerned with industry, and the lands southwest being more agricultural. Several mills were located in the town, and industry has conitnued to this day, including the Western Electric Company, AT&T's manufacturing division, which supplied telephone machinery for many years before it was split up by AT&T into the new company, Lucent Technologies. Today North Andover is considered a bedroom community of the greater Boston area.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 27.8 square miles (72 km2), of which 26.6 square miles (69 km2) is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), or 4.27%, is water. The town lies to the south of the Merrimack River, which makes up part of its northwest boundary, along with the Shawsheen River. The northeast quadrant of town is dominated by Lake Cochichewick, which is also bordered by the Osgood Hill Reservation, Weir Hill Reservation and the Reas Pond Conservation Area. The town also is home to its own Town Farm, its own small state forest, as well as portions of Harold Parker State Forest, Boxford State Forest and the Charles W. Ward Reservation. There are many brooks, streams and ponds dotting the town.
North Andover lies in the northwestern portion of Essex County, with a small corner of the town bordering Middlesex County. It is bordered by Lawrence to the north, Haverhill to the northeast, Boxford to the east, Middleton to the southeast, North Reading to the southwest, and Andover to the west. North Andover's Old Center, which is closer to the geographic center of town than its newer town center, is located 3.5 miles (5.6 km) southeast of Lawrence's city center, and is 25 miles (40 km) north of Boston and 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Manchester, New Hampshire.
A small portion of Interstate 495 crosses through town along the Lawrence border, with one exit within town and two more providing access to the highway. The town lies along Route 114, known as the "Salem Turnpike," and is also served by Route 125 and Route 133, which are concurrent for much of their routes within town. The town is partially served by the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority bus line. The nearest train station is located in Lawrence, where the Lawrence stop along the Haverhill/Reading Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail lies. (The line actually passes through the town along the Merrimack, but there is no stop.) North Andover is also home to the Lawrence Municipal Airport, providing small aircraft service to the region. The nearest national service, at Logan International Airport and Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, is within a thirty-mile ride of the town.
Historical populations Year Pop. ±% 1860 2,343 — 1870 2,549 +8.8% 1880 3,217 +26.2% 1890 3,742 +16.3% 1900 4,243 +13.4% 1910 5,529 +30.3% 1920 6,265 +13.3% 1930 6,961 +11.1% 1940 7,524 +8.1% 1950 8,485 +12.8% 1960 10,908 +28.6% 1970 16,284 +49.3% 1980 20,129 +23.6% 1990 22,792 +13.2% 2000 27,202 +19.3% 2001* 26,873 −1.2% 2002* 27,025 +0.6% 2003* 26,959 −0.2% 2004* 27,074 +0.4% 2005* 27,025 −0.2% 2006* 27,390 +1.4% 2007* 27,412 +0.1% 2008* 27,566 +0.6% 2009* 27,753 +0.7% 2010 28,352 +2.2% * = population estimate. Source: United States Census records and Population Estimates Program data.
As of the census of 2000, there were 27,202 people, 9,724 households, and 6,904 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,020.7 inhabitants per square mile (394.1 /km2). There were 9,943 housing units at an average density of 373.1 per square mile (144.1 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 93.67% White, 0.72% African American, 0.05% Native American, 3.96% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.74% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.99% of the population.
There were 9,724 households out of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.2% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families. 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.16.
In the town the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.
According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the town was $87,076, and the median income for a family was $113,796. Males had a median income of $66,793 versus $38,495 for females. The per capita income for the town was $34,335. 2.9% of the population and 2.1% of families were below the poverty line. 2.7% of those under the age of 18 and 4.1% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Government and infrastructure
North Andover employs the open town meeting form of government, and is led by a five-member board of selectmen and a town manager, Mark Rees. The town has its own police and fire departments, EMS, public works, and a senior center. North Andover has no hospital, the nearest being Lawrence General Hospital. It is located within the Boston media market, and is served by the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune newspaper.
On the state level, the town is served by Essex County services, and is patrolled by the First Barracks of Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police, based in Andover. North Andover lies in two districts, the Fourteenth Essex and Eighteenth Essex, in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and the First Essex and First Essex and Middlesex in the Massachusetts Senate. North Andover is located within Massachusetts's 6th congressional district, and has been served by Representative John F. Tierney (D) since 1997. Massachusett's senior Senator is John Kerry (D), serving since 1985, and its junior Senator, elected in the 2010 special election, is Scott Brown (R), who was the town's choice in the election by a 71% majority. North Andover has no mayor, but, until his death in 2006, William P McEvoy, the director of recreation, was known as the "unofficial mayor".
North Andover is home to its own school system. It has an early childhood center, five elementary schools (Atkinson Elementary, Franklin Elementary, Kittredge Elementary, Annie L. Sargent Elementary and Thomson Elementary), a middle school and North Andover High School. As of 2004 a brand new high school and complete sporting complex, including a Football, Soccer, Field hockey, and Lacrosse field. There is a complete track and field area and numerous tennis courts. North Andover's mascot is the Scarlet Knight, its colors are scarlet and black and it competes in the Cape Ann League and Division II of the MIAA. Its main rival is Masconomet Regional High School, whom it plays in football in the annual Thanksgiving Day game. High school students from North Andover are also allowed to attend Greater Lawrence Technical School in Andover. There are several private schools in North Andover, including the Brooks School, Meritor Academy (an early learning school) and Saint Michael's Elementary School. The nearest Catholic high schools, Austin Preparatory School 6-12, Central Catholic HS 9-12, and Presentation of Mary, 9-12, are located in the neighboring towns of Reading, Lawrence and Methuen, respectively. North Andover is also home to Merrimack College, a Catholic Augustinian four year college. The nearest public community college, based in Haverhill, is Northern Essex Community College, which also has a campus in Lawrence and a Corporate & Community Education Center in North Andover. The nearest public university is UMass Lowell.
Residents can purchase a discounted summer pass to Steven's Pond where they can go swimming for the day. Nearby Weir Hill offers trails for hiking, walking, biking, and views of the surrounding area.
Many events are held at the old common, including the sheep shearing festival in late spring and various summer activities for children and adults.
Harold Parker State Forest offers 25 miles of trails, a campground, and a fresh water swimming beach. Other activities include horseback riding, camping, fishing, hunting, mountain biking, and hiking. In September there is also an annual fishing tournament.
- Anne Bradstreet, poet
- Samuel Osgood, first Postmaster General of the United States
- Rev Theory, hard rock band
- Rob Konrad, former NFL runningback
- Steve DeOssie, former NFL linebacker
- Zak DeOssie, current NFL linebacker
- George Glennie, former NFL guard
- Phillips Brooks, minister of Trinity Church, Boston and great-grandson of the founder of Phillips Academy
- Bruce Tarr, Massachusetts state senator
- Moses Stevens, textile manufacturer
- Daniel Dennett, philosopher
- Cliff Bleszinski, game designer
- Steve Heinze, former NHL player
- Gerry Cheevers, former NHL player/legend
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- Town of North Andover
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- Weir Hill
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