Miles from Boston 42
Population 8,438 (2006)
Median house price $280,000 (2007)
Tax rate $8.46
Average single-family property tax $3,006 (State 2007 average $3,962)
Transportation Routes 1, 1A, 110, I-95, I-495. Seasonal bus service, Merrimack Valley Regional Transit System.
MCAS Member, Triton Regional School District. Among 293 systems, 10th-graders ranked 165 in English and 149 in math, according to a Globe analysis of 2007 results. Sixthgraders ranked out of 309 systems in English and 117 in math. Third-graders ranked 154 out of 299 systems in reading and 175 in math.
Census facts Median family income is $56,327 compared to national rate of $50,046.
SALISBURY - As a municipal study once described it, this is a town of four distinct personalities, including its best known - a beach community and home to Salisbury Beach State Reservation, among the state's most popular parks.
Containing some 500 acres, the reservation "allows for views of the ocean, marsh, and the Merrimack River," according to the town's 2007 open space plan.
The three other personalities are in the northwest portion of town, known as the Plains Area for its flat landscape and farms. Salisbury Square is the downtown center with the town common. Ring's Island, which is considered a classic New England fishing village, is the third neighborhood.
Two of the town's borders are formed by water - the ocean and the Merrimack River. Settled by Europeans in the 1630s, Salisbury was first known as Colchester but incorporated with its current name in 1640. Once a town of nautical industries, including shipbuilding, Salisbury now is best known as a popular summer destination.
On a recent week, Realtor.com listed 43 single-family homes, ranging from $169,900 for a two-bed, one-bath, 560-square-foot home to $650,000 for a five-bed, 3.5-bath 5,446-square-foot home. Median price of a single-family home for 2007 was $280,000, according to Warren Group, which publishes real estate information.