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Information for the
Town of Ipswich, Mass
a thriving mill town, Ipswich today is a culturally and economically
diverse community of approximately 12,000 persons, many of whom are
descendants of Greek, Polish, Irish and English factory workers. There are
summer communities located on Great Neck, Little Neck and Argilla Road,
mixed with year-round residences. The town has a rich and varied history
and is distinguished by a large number of 17th and early 18th century
Ipswich's growth as a suburban town occurred during the 1950's and many
residents commute to Boston by train and automobile. Among the town's
attractions are Crane Beach, Castle Hill, extensive salt marshes, the
Ipswich River, shellfishing and other waterfront activities. Two state
forests and parks, three large tracts owned by religious orders and
several large farms and estates in open space restrictive covenants
provide a rural character to sections of the community. There are 12
churches representing a wide array of different faiths and numerous active
social, civic and fraternal organizations.
Northeastern Massachusetts, bordered by Topsfield, Hamilton, and Essex on
the south; Boxford on the west; Rowley on the north, and the Atlantic
Ocean on the east. Ipswich is 12 miles north of Salem, 12 miles southeast
of Haverhill, 28 miles north of Boston, and 241 miles from New York City.
Narrative compiled by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and
Community Development (DHCD).