Danvers, Mass., is located 17 miles north of Boston and comprises part of the North Shore region of the state. The Essex County town covers 13.28 square miles and is within easy reach of the Atlantic coastline. Those looking to live near both the coast and a major city should consider Danvers apartments for rent.
Once part of neighboring Salem, Danvers was known as Salem Village during the 17th century. It earned its independence from the city in 1752 and was made a township in 1757. The Revolutionary War spurred industrial growth in the area - Danversport became a center for shipping and shipbuilding, and was home to many tidal mills, while brick manufacturing and leather tanning brought many new workers to the town. In the 1830s, the Tapleyville district became famous for its woven carpets, and shoemaking emerged as a leading industry in Putnamville and Danvers Highlands. In 1889, Danvers became the first town in Massachusetts to establish municipal lighting.
In 2010, the town was populated by 26,493 people, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The Danvers Public Schools district is comprised of five elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. The town is also home to St. John's Preparatory School, a private day school for boys that boasts a 175-acre campus and a student body of approximately 1,200 students.
In terms of further education, North Shore Community College (NSCC) has a Danvers campus. One of the oldest and largest of the state's community colleges, NSCC serves more than 10,000 credit students and 5,000 non-credit students per year at its locations in Beverly, Danvers and Lynn. Educational institutes in neighboring towns include Salem State College, Endicott College and Montserrat College of Art.
Danvers' largest employers include NSCC, lighting manufacturer Osram Sylvania, Beverly Hospital and the Sheraton Ferncroft Conference Resort.
According to City-Data.com, the cost of living in Danvers is 135.3, compared to the national average of 100. Those looking for apartments in Danvers should be aware that the median gross rent for the area is $1,157 per month, although prices vary according to rental size and location.
Danvers was part of Salem during the witch trials of 1692, and the house of one of the convicted witches - Rebecca Nurse - still stands today. The colonial farmstead is open to visitors throughout the summer and fall. Other historic houses in the area include the Putnam House, the Samuel Holten House and the Salem Village Parsonage, all of which were linked to the trials.
Sailing enthusiasts can take their pick of marinas within Danversport's naturally protected harbor, including the public Crane River Marina and several private options, such as the Danversport Yacht Club, Liberty Marina and Portside Marine Service. The harbor is made up of four rivers - the Cranes River, Danvers River, Porter River and Waters River - and houses more than 1,000 vessels.
The 165-acre Endicott Park is the town's main recreational area, and is open every day - including holidays. In the summer, visitors can enjoy hiking, fishing and picnicking, while cross-country skiers come out in full force in the winter.
The town is also home to a shopping center, the Liberty Tree Mall, which contains stores including Target, Marshall's and Staples, as well as a movie theater.
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