• Demographics

    • Date Established: 1692
    • Population: 13,787
    • Land Mass/Area: 3.02 square miles
    • Median Age: 45 years old
    • Median Family Income: $94,633
    • Median Home Value: $403,985
    • Education Levels: 57.9% have a bachelor's degree or higher
  • Business Overview

    • Commercial Tax Rate: $28.83
    • Cost Commercial Space:
    • Utilities: Electric/Gas - National Grid; Water/Sewer - Municipal
    • Available Parcels: 299 Salem St (old General Glover Restaurant – this is the smart growth zone); 182 Paradise Rd (vacant gas station); 10 Railroad Ave (vacant railroad depot); 461-463 Humphrey St (vacant mixed-use building)
    • Zoning Categories: B-1 (traditional commercial), B-2 (traditional commercial plus auto service/fueling and light industrial), B-3 (large/highway style commercial), 40R Smart Growth District, Humphrey Street Overlay District (town center mixed-use zoning)
    • Available Economic Development Incentives: 40R zoning
    • Major Employers: Swampscott Public Schools, Paradiso Ristorante, Whole Foods Market, Anthony’s Pier 4 Cafe
    • Business Groups:

      Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Accessibility

    • Proximity to Highways: 6 miles to Route 1
    • Miles from Boston: 12.2 miles from Boston
    • Public Transportation: MBTA Commuter Rail (1 stop)

    Additional Information

    • Town Hall Hours:             8:00 AM – 4:30 PM,  Monday-Thursday; 8:00 AM – 12:00PM Friday

      Town Hall Address:         22 Monument Avenue

      *The information provided on this community page is subject to change.  For more information about this community please check the city/town website link at the top of the page.

  • Education

    • Public Schools: 3 Elementary Schools
      1 Middle School
      1 High School
    • Private Schools: 0 Private Schools

Learn More About Swampscott, MA

Swampscott is a beautiful and tranquil seaside community with amazing assets such as its waterfront, open space, recreation areas, shopping districts, and regional connections. Predominantly a family community with relatively high incomes, the town has a wide range of housing stock options and growth as well as strong buying power. Commercial activity is focused in the historic waterfront area along Humphrey Street, around the MBTA railroad station, and the large shopping district of Vinnin Square which is shared with the neighboring community, Salem.

While Swampscott is primarily built out and developed, there is much opportunity in redevelopment of existing properties. The town’s new Humphrey Street Overlay District is meant to promote development and define a sense of place in the historic downtown of Swampscott that enhances and encourages a mix of uses, protects historic and cultural resources, and fosters a harmonious connection between the district and the natural environment of the waterside.

  • Cultural Institutions & Attractions:

    Mary Baker Eddy Historic House, Sir John Humphreys House, Swampscott Fish House

  • Historical Sites:

    Mary Baker Eddy Historic House, Sir John Humphreys House, Swampscott Fish House, Elihu Thomson House (Town Hall)

  • Beaches:

    King’s Beach, Fisherman’s Beach, Whale’s Beach, Eiseman’s Beach, Phillips Beach, Preston Beach

  • Scenic By-Ways:

    Essex Coastal Scenic Byway

  • Municipal Golf Course:

    None.