Profile for Marblehead, Massachusetts, MA
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"Birthplace of the American Navy"
Marblehead is a town in Essex County, in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy metro area.
The community was named by settlers who mistook granite deposits for marble.
The latitude of Marblehead is 42.5N. The longitude is -70.858W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 66 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 20,377.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Marblehead demographic reports
Marblehead is on Massachusetts Bay and Salem Harbor.
The first colonial slave ship was built here.
A smallpox epidemic in 1730 devastated the town, killing most of its board of selectmen.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 13. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 0.6 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1987 movie, "The Witches of Eastwick"
Well-known residents have included:
· Joseph Story, U.S. Supreme Court justice
· Tyler Hamilton, Olympic gold medallist (cycling)
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Fall Festival - Sept. 29-30, 2007
Dates often change. Check Marblehead web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Symphony by the Sea
Nearby parks & recreation:
During spring and fall migrations, warblers stop at the Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary
Marblehead attractions: "The Spirit of '76," painting displayed in Abbot Hall
Historic sites and museums: Marblehead Historical Society, Abbot Hall, Fort Sewall, Jeremiah Lee Mansion, King Hooper Mansion
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Reckless, hardbitten fishermen from Cornwall and the Channel Islands settled Marblehead in 1629 as a plantation of Salem. Their rude huts clung to the rocks like seabirds' nests.
-- WPA Guide to Massachusetts, 1937
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Ancestry & family history
8% of Marblehead residents report German ancestry, and 20% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Marblehead ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Marblehead was $46,738, compared with $21,587 nationally.
61% of Marblehead residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Marblehead festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Fall Festival - Sept. 29-30, 2007
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Historic districts in Marblehead include Marblehead Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Marblehead, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $825. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,816.
Libraries in Marblehead include Abbot Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Marblehead include Marblehead Reporter
The average commute time for Marblehead workers is 33 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 3 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Marblehead between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
Hotels in Marblehead include Marblehead Inn.
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“ Reckless, hardbitten fishermen from Cornwall and the Channel Islands settled Marblehead in 1629 as a plantation of Salem. Their rude huts clung to the rocks like seabirds' nests. ”
~ WPA Guide to Massachusetts, 1937
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