Beverly, Massachusetts is a quaint seaside city on what is called the North Shore. The city is about 20 miles north of Boston and has plentiful beaches and parks, and a golf course. It is further conveniently located right off Route 128, which itself leads into Interstate 95. There is also commuter rail, with regular service to Boston's North Station, and Boston's Logan Airport is conveniently located a short distance away in East Boston.
There are currently about 40,000 people living in Beverly, and a little more than 16,000 housing units. It is also more than 80% Caucasian.
More than 50% of households in Beverly are made up of a married couple, and almost 30% of households have at least one child under 18. The median age of a Beverly resident is 38, and more than 30% of them are between 25 and 44.
The median income in Beverly is almost $54,000, and median household income is over $66,000. Only 4% of the population lives in poverty.
The median home value in Beverly is currently $457,500. Property values have risen nearly 7% since last year, and a similar rise is expected in the coming year.
Beverly is blessed with a wide range of schools, that include everything from elementary schools to colleges.
The city has 5 elementary schools, including Ayers Ryal Side, Centerville, Cove, Hannah, and North Beverly. It also has Briscoe Middle School, which serves students from 6th through 8th grades. A second middle school is currently under construction. Beverly High School, which is 160 years old, has around 1,300 students, from 9th to 12th grades.
Beverly also has many high-quality private schools. Among these are New England Academy, Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School, Kindercare Learning Center, Beverly School for the Deaf, Saints Academy, the Bright Horizons School, The Waring School, Glen Urquhart School, Shore Country Day and Mrs. Alexander's School. The city further has two colleges: Endicott College, which sits directly on the ocean, and Montserrat College of Art, which is a visual arts school.
Many fine universities and other private schools are also available a short distance away in Boston and its surrounding neighborhoods.
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There are a number of large and small businesses throughout Beverly. This includes Microsoft, Zipcar and Crane Aerospace. Many residents, though, work either in Boston or in the high technology hub that stretches around the city.
In addition to Boston being only a half-hour away by car or train, there are other interesting cities near Beverly. This includes its neighbor to the south: Salem, with its eclectic downtown area, and Peabody, which is west of Beverly and has a large shopping mall and a variety of other stores and restaurants. To the north of Beverly is Manchester-by-the-sea, which is a picturesque village recently made famous in a movie by Kenneth Lonergan.
For those who like to shop without the hassles of driving, Beverly provides an inexpensive shopper's shuttle bus, which provides transportation to major stores in the area.