Manchester-by-the-Sea – This is New England charm.  Like Rockport to the north of Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea is the small, sea-side, bedroom community to the south. It is almost 99 percent white and has a median income approaching $100K. The slow pace of Cape Ann is evident also here as shops, historic buildings, restaurants, and beaches make for leisurely strolls and iconic small-town, New England scenes.

Ministry Match

The church planter for Manchester-by-the-Sea will need the same kinds of attitudes and abilities as a planter would in neighboring Essex, Ipswich or Rockport. All of these towns are filled with financially successful white folks who have moved to the area to enjoy a seafaring feel and find a slower pace of life.

In a town of 5,000 people, with fewer than 30 percent of the households having children under the age of 18, the planter for Manchester-by-the-Sea must be able to move into the community and earn the right to be able to minister well to both families and empty-nesters.

Census Highlights
  • Population – 5,169
  • Household mean income – $143,785
  • Median age – 44.5
  • College degree – 56.0 percent
  • White – 97.7 percent, Hispanic 2.4
  • SBC churches – 0
Get the US Census Data
  • Community Facts – Use this US Census search to find a number of different demographic reports that should be very useful
PreceptGroup Reports

First View 2010 for Zip 01944 – Church-specific research from PreceptGroup reflecting People and PlaceFaces of DiversityCommunity Issues, and Faith Preferences.

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