Incorporated as part of Essex County in 1646, Andover is 22 miles north of Boston and offers an easy commute using I-93 and 2 MBTA Commuter rail stops. With a population of about 33,000, Andover is a midsized suburb with diverse offerings. Haggetts and Lowell Junction are two of the most popular, affluent residential neighborhoods, but Andover also has many office parks including a large Raytheon facility.
In the early 1900s the Shawsheen Mill was opened as a model industrial community, with housing for the families of mill employees as well as many recreational facilities including a pool and golf course. After the mill’s closing following a drop in the use of wool, Shawsheen Mills was converted into a bustling community of homes, apartments, and businesses. In addition, Andover offers many opportunities for an active lifestyle including Recreation Park and Pomps Pond. The Harold Parker Reservation area provides over 3000 acres of trails.
Andover is roughly 32 square miles in area and borders the towns and cities of Lawrence, North Andover, North Reading, Wilmington, Tewksbury, and Dracut. In addition to I-93, Andover is accessible by I-495, Rts. 28, 133, and 125; it also has 2 MBTA Commuter Rail stops.