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Town of Andover, Massachusetts


Andover was settled around 1636 as Cochichewick. It was renamed Andover and incorporated in 1646. In 1709, it was separated into two parishes, Andover and North Andover. In 1855, these became two separate towns. For more extensive information on the history of Andover, visit Memorial Hall Library or the Andover Historical Society.

Location & Size

Andover is located 20 miles north of Boston, at the intersection of Routes 93 and 495, in the heart of the Merrimack Valley. It measures 32 square miles. Andover is part of the Essex National Heritage Area.


33,201 as of 2010 census

Local Government

Andover's town government consists of a five-member Board of Selectmen and a six-member School Committee. The Town Manager is appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Open town meetings are held at least annually. For more information on Andover town government, visit the Town of Andover home page.


Andover is a suburban/rural town with a thriving downtown retail/service district. There is a strong emphasis on education, community service, library services, conservation, and tradition.

Last updated: October 01, 2012
Memorial Hall Library   2 N. Main Street   Andover, MA 01810   p:978-623-8400   f:978-623-8407