Lynn, Massachusetts

According to IAMACCEPTED, Lynn, Massachusetts is a city located in Essex County, just 10 miles north of Boston. It is known as the City of Sin due to its history as a center for leather production, which has since been replaced by other industries. The city is home to a diverse population and has a large immigrant population from Latin America and Africa.

Lynn was first settled in 1629 by Europeans, but Native Americans had already been living in the area for centuries before them. In 1711 it was incorporated as Lynn Village and was renamed Lynn in 1816. It quickly became an important industrial center with tanneries, shoemaking factories, and two major railroads that connected it to Boston and the rest of New England.

Today, Lynn is a bustling city with many attractions for visitors and residents alike. Downtown Lynn is home to several historic buildings including the Old City Hall and St. Stephen’s Church, both of which have been restored to their original condition. The downtown area also houses art galleries, restaurants, cafes, shops and more. The Diamond District in Central Square offers unique jewelry stores while the nearby Market Basket supermarket provides fresh produce at affordable prices.

The waterfront area offers plenty of recreational activities such as kayaking, fishing or just relaxing on the beach while taking in views of Boston’s skyline across the bay. There are also several parks throughout Lynn including Flax Pond Reservation which provides hiking trails through wetlands with fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities; Breed’s Pond which has a playground for children; and King’s Beach State Park where you can go swimming or explore its sandy beaches along Nahant Bay.

According to Ezinesports, Lynn is also home to many cultural institutions such as the Lynn Museum & Historical Society which showcases artifacts from the city’s past; the Rose Baker Senior Center which provides services for seniors; and the LynnArts Center that features art exhibitions from local artists throughout New England regionally and nationally recognized works from around the world.

Overall, Lynn is an exciting place to live or visit with plenty of recreational activities available year-round along with its cultural attractions like galleries and museums that make it an ideal destination for those seeking a unique experience close to Boston without being too far away from civilization either.

Population: 89,050. Estimated population in July 2020: 88,792 (-0.3% change)
Males: 43,079 (48.4%), Females: 45,971 (51.6%)

Essex County

Median resident age: 34.2 years
Median household income: $37,364
Median house value: $145,200

Races in Lynn:

  • White Non-Hispanic (62.5%)
  • Hispanic (18.4%)
  • Black (10.5%)
  • Other race (9.8%)
  • Two or more races (4.9%)
  • Other Asian (4.4%)
  • Vietnamese (1.2%)
  • American Indian (0.9%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: Irish (18.3%), Italian (10.5%), English (7.2%), French (5.7%), United States (4.6%), French Canadian (4.3%).

Elevation: 30 feet

Land area: 10.8 square miles

Lynn, Massachusetts


For population 25 years and over in Lynn

  • High school or higher: 74.2%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 16.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.8%
  • Unemployed: 6.2%
  • Mean travel time to work: 27.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Lynn city

  • Never married: 35.6%
  • Now married: 43.5%
  • Separated: 4.0%
  • Widowed: 8.1%
  • Divorced: 9.0%

22.9% Foreign born (10.6% Latin America, 5.2% Asia, 5.1% Europe).

Population change in the 1990s: +7,670 (+9.4%).


Hospital/medical center in Lynn:


Other hospitals/medical centers near Lynn:



Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Lynn:

  • GENERAL EDWARD LAWRENCE LOGAN INTL (about 10 miles; BOSTON, MA; Abbreviation: BOS)
  • LAURENCE G HANSCOM FLD (about 23 miles; BEDFORD, MA; Abbreviation: BED)

Other public-use airports nearest to Lynn:

  • BEVERLY MUNI (about 9 miles; BEVERLY, MA; Abbreviation: BVY)
  • LAWRENCE MUNI (about 21 miles; LAWRENCE, MA; Abbreviation: LWM)
  • PLUM ISLAND (about 23 miles; NEWBURYPORT, MA; Abbreviation: 2B2)

Amtrak stations near Lynn:

  • 11 miles: BOSTON, NORTH STATION (BOSTON, 126 CAUSEWAY ST.). Services: ticket office, enclosed waiting area.
  • 11 miles: BOSTON (SO. STA) (BOSTON, ATLANTIC AVE. & SUMMER ST.). Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, full-service food facilities and snack bar, ATM, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand, intercity bus service, public transit connection.
  • 13 miles: BACK BAY (BOSTON, 145 DARTMOUTH ST.). Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, ATM, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand, public transit connection.

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Lynn:

  • SALEM STATE COLLEGE (about 5 miles; SALEM, MA; Full-time enrollment: 5,917)
  • NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 7 miles; DANVERS, MA; Full-time enrollment: 3,663)
  • BUNKER HILL COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 11 miles; BOSTON, MA; Full-time enrollment: 3,638)
  • SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY (about 11 miles; BOSTON, MA; Full-time enrollment: 5,291)
  • TUFTS UNIVERSITY (about 12 miles; MEDFORD, MA; Full-time enrollment: 8,627)
  • EMERSON COLLEGE (about 12 miles; Boston, MA; Full-time enrollment: 3,697)
  • MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (about 13 miles; CAMBRIDGE, MA; Full-time enrollment: 9,895)


Public high schools in Lynn:

  • LYNN ENGLISH HIGH (Students: 1,616; Location: 50 GOODRIDGE STREET; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • CLASSICAL HIGH (Students: 1,462; Location: 235 O’CALLAGHAN WAY; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER (Students: 143; Location: 33 NORTH COMMON STREET; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • LYNN ALTERNATIVE HS (Students: 32; Location: 20 WHEELER STREET; Grades: 09 – 12)

Private high school in Lynn:

  • ST MARYS JR SR HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 483; Location: 35 TREMONT STREET; Grades: 7 – 12)

Biggest public primary/middle schools in Lynn:

  • LYNN VOC TECH INSTITUTE (Students: 1,220; Location: 80 NEPTUNE BLVD; Grades: PK – 12)
  • BREED MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 971; Location: 90 O’CALLAGHAN WAY; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • THURGOOD MARSHALL MID (Students: 910; Location: 19 PORTER STREET; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • ROBERT L FORD (Students: 898; Location: 49 HOLLINGSWORTH; Grades: PK – 08)
  • COBBET ELEMENTARY (Students: 732; Location: 40 FRANKLIN STREET; Grades: KG – 08)
  • PICKERING MIDDLE (Students: 696; Location: 70 CONOMO AVENUE; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • E J HARRINGTON (Students: 645; Location: 21 DEXTER STREET; Grades: PK – 05)
  • INGALLS (Students: 568; Location: 1 COLLINS STREET TERRACE; Grades: PK – 05)
  • JULIA F CALLAHAN (Students: 522; Location: 200 O’CALLAGHAN WAY; Grades: PK – 05)
  • EDWARD A SISSON (Students: 471; Location: 58 CONOMO AVENUE; Grades: PK – 05)

Private primary/middle schools in Lynn:

  • ST PIUS V ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 521; Location: 28 BOWLER STREET; Grades: KG – 8)
  • LITTLE THEATRE NURSERY – KINDG (Students: 131; Location: 503 LYNNFIELD STREET; Grades: PK – KG)
  • JOI CHILD CARE CENTER (Students: 56; Location: 20 WHEELER STREET; Grades: PK – KG)


Library in Lynn:

  • LYNN PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $1,364,980; Location: 5 NORTH COMMON ST.; 271,443 books; 1,008 audio materials; 1,593 video materials; 366 serial subscriptions)