Essex County, Massachusetts

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Essex County
Former Essex County Courthouse in Salem
Former Essex County Courthouse in Salem
Official seal of Essex County
Seal
Map of Massachusetts highlighting Essex County
Location within the U.S. state of Massachusetts
Map of the United States highlighting Massachusetts
Massachusetts's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 42°38′08″N 70°58′15″W / 42.635475°N 70.970825°W / 42.635475; -70.970825
Country United States
State Massachusetts
Founded1643
Named forEssex
SeatSalem and Lawrence
Largest cityLynn
Area
 • Total828 sq mi (2,140 km2)
 • Land493 sq mi (1,280 km2)
 • Water336 sq mi (870 km2)  41%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
790,638
 • Density1,509/sq mi (583/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional districts3rd, 6th

Essex County is a county in the northeastern part of the state of Massachusetts. As of the 2010 census, the total population was 743,159.[1] It is the third-most populous county in the state. It is part of the Greater Boston area (the BostonCambridgeNewton, MA–NH Metropolitan Statistical Area).

The largest city in Essex County is Lynn. The county was named after the English county of Essex. It has two traditional county seats: Salem and Lawrence.

References[change | change source]

  1. "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 5 September 2013.