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Newburyport Information and Highlights

Newburyport is a small, coastal city in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States, 35 miles northeast of Boston. The population was 17,416 at the 2010 census. A historic seaport with a vibrant tourism industry, Newburyport includes part of Plum Island. The mooring, winter storage and maintenance of recreational boats, motor and sail, still contribute a large part of the city's income. A Coast Guard station oversees boating activity, especially in the swift tidal currents of the Merrimack River.


Newburyport was settled in 1635 as part of Newberry Plantation, now Newbury. On Jan. 28, 1764, the General Court of Massachusetts passed "An act for erecting part of the town of Newbury into a new town by the name of Newburyport.

The act was approved by Governor Francis Bernard on Feb. 4, 1764. The new town was the smallest in Massachusetts, covering an area of 647 acres, and had a population of 2,800 living in 357 homes. There were three shipyards, no bridges and several ferries, one of which at the foot of Greenleaf Lane, now State Street, carried the Portsmouth Flying Stage Coach, running between Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Boston.


The city is part of Massachusetts' North Shore; Newburyport was laid out on the elevated south bank of the Merrimack River between the river and Newbury marshes. The shipyards, now boatyards (and still vigorously active), extended along the bank at the edge of the river.

Newburyport is located 37 miles north-northeast of Boston, 19 miles east-northeast of Lawrence, and 21 miles south-southeast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Situated 5 miles south of the New Hampshire border, the city is bordered by the Gulf of Maine (Atlantic Ocean) to the East, Newbury to the South, West Newbury to the West, Amesbury to the Northwest, and Salisbury to the North.


Newburyport, Massachusetts, gets 46 inches of rain per year. The U.S. average is 37. Snowfall is 53 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 127.

On average, there are 204 sunny days per year in Newburyport, Massachusetts. The July high is around 84 degrees. The January low is 16. The comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 50 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The U.S. average on the comfort index is 44.


Being able to shop in a town with active waterfronts definitely has its advantages. Newburyport provides a localized experience that puts in a whole new category. How many cities can boast that they’ve had an active boating community since the town’s inception in the 15th century?

Urban Elements – 19 Water St, Newburyport, MA 01950 – (978) 462-3333

Lively Kids – 15 State St, Newburyport, MA 01950 – (978) 465-7650

Dragon's Nest Inc. – 31 Market Square, Newburyport, MA 01950 – (978) 462-8802

Ganesh Imports Inc. – 33 State St, Newburyport, MA 01950 – (978) 463-8626


For a true seaside experience, you can’t get any more authentic than a town that is literally located on the water. If you’re not a huge fan of seafood, don’t worry – they have plenty of cuisines to soothe your palate!

Agave Mexican Bistro – 50 State St, Newburyport, MA 01950 – (978) 499-0428

Mr. India Restaurant – 140 High St, Newburyport, MA 01950 – (978) 465-8600

The Jewel In The Crown – 23 Pleasant St, Newburyport, MA 01950 – (978) 463-0956

Michael's Harborside – 1 Tournament Wharf, Newburyport, MA 01950 – (978) 462-7785


In keeping in tune with the whole seaside theme, Newburyport has a brimming nightlife to match. I hope you enjoy oysters!

BRINE Oyster • Crudo • Chops – 25 State St, Newburyport, MA 01950 – (978) 358-8479

The Grog Restaurant – 13 Middle St, Newburyport, MA 01950 – (978) 465-8008

The Port Tavern – 84 State St, Newburyport, MA 01950 – (978) 465-1006

Glenn's Restaurant & Cool Bar – 44 Merrimac St, Newburyport, MA 01950 – (978) 465-3811


The current site of Newburyport High School was purchased from Harvard University early in the 20th century. Newburyport High School is one of the oldest public high schools in the United States.

Newburyport is served by several public schools, belonging to the Newburyport School District, and several private schools. Newburyport is served by the Newburyport Public Library, part of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium.

Francis T Bresnahan Elementary School – 333 High St, Newburyport, MA 01950 – (978) 465-4431

Molin Upper Elementary School – 70 Low St, Newburyport, MA 01950 – (978) 463-8212

Rupert A Nock Middle School – 70 Low St, Newburyport, MA 01950 – (978) 465-4447

Newburyport High School – 241 High St, Newburyport, MA 01950 – (978) 465-4440


The City of Newburyport has been able to maintain its historical ties with the water since its founding almost 400 years ago. With a history that’s been maintained like that, you’re sure to find the area chock-full of American history that’s been wonderfully preserved!

Maudslay State Park – 74 Curzon Mill Rd, Newburyport, MA 01950 – (978) 465-7223

United States Customhouse – 25 Water St, Newburyport, MA 01950 – (978) 462-8681

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge – 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950 – (978) 465-5753

Joppa Flats Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary – 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950 – (978) 462-9998


It almost seems as if Newburyport is a town that time forgot, but then again, when you’re in the area, you’ll find a modern town with an Old World attitude. Don’t worry, this town is more than welcome of new residents and visitors alike – once you feel the crisp, ocean breeze on your face, you’ll feel right at home!

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