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Haverhill
Haverhill
Massachusetts
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Haverhill ( HAY-vril) is a hilly and historic city in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. 35 miles north of Boston on the New Hampshire border and about 17 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. The population was 60,879 at the 2010 census. Located on the Merrimack River, it began as a farming community of Puritans, largely from Newbury Plantation. The land was officially purchased from the Pentuckets on November 15, 1642 (a year after incorporation) for three pounds, ten shillings. Pentucket was renamed Haverhill (after the Ward family's hometown in England) and evolved into an important industrial center, beginning with sawmills and gristmills run by water power. In the 18th and 19th century, Haverhill developed woolen mills, tanneries, shipping and shipbuilding. The town was for many decades home to a significant shoe-making industry. By the end of 1913, one tenth of the shoes produced in the United States were made in Haverhill, and because of this the town was known for a time as the "Queen Slipper City". The city was also known for the manufacture of hats.

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Haverhill, MA is an age-friendly community. Though we are a city we have a hometown feel to our community. There are alot of Senior living options, good Senior transportation at very affordable rates and it is mostly handicapped accessible.
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They provide community event for all ages but not as often as they should. There is plenty of age friends places to go for events.
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I feel like this city is very age friendly. There's so many opportunities no matter the age you are. There's always room to grow.
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Public transportation is pretty good and on time.
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There are places to go age appropriate senior center ymca and other programs

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How did Massachusetts earn the grade of C? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Massachusetts has a state sales tax of 6.25%. Of particular interest is that Massachusetts does not have taxes on social security. There are estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. Massachusetts has an effective property tax rate of 1.21%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Massachusetts earned its state tax grade of C.

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