Kingston, Massachusetts

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Kingston, Massachusetts

Introduction to Kingston, Massachusetts

Kingston, Massachusetts, in Plymouth county, is 3 miles NW of Plymouth, Massachusetts and 30 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts. The people of the town are in the Boston metropolitan area. Kingston has a population of 11,780.

Kingston History

Kingston was first settled by Europeans in the year 1620. Prior to the arrival of the white settlers, the land was the tribal home to the Wampanoag people. Modern day Kingston is believed to be the site of numerous violent battles during King Phillip's War from 1675-1676. The town of Kingston was officially incorporated in the year 1726.

Kingston and nearby Attractions

  • Pilgrim Hall Museum
  • Mayflower Society
  • Plimouth Plantation
  • Alden House Museum
  • Jones River Village Historic Society
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Things To Do In Kingston

The city boasts of a variety of interesting things to do. There are many clubs in the city that organize numerous recreational programs and events for the people of Kingston. Food lovers can head to the local restaurants to savor the rich traditional options.

Kingston Transportation

Boston Logan International is the nearest major airport that serves the city.

Kingston Higher Education

The city is served by Bridgewater State College.

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High Points

Kingston strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Massachusetts):

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Kingston Public Transportation Use
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Kingston Low Violent Crime

Comparative Profile of Kingston, Massachusetts

Comparing Kingston to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Massachusetts (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 10
Well-Paid Single Women 7 5
Well-Paid Single Men 7 4
Age of the Population 6 3
Female Share of the Population 6 8
Male Share of the Population 5 4
Senior Citizens 5 6
Racial Diversity 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 7
Average Household Size 8 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 8 6
College Educated Adults 8 6
People in Middle Class or Better 8 5
People Above Poverty 7 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 9
Working at Home 9 7
Walking and Biking to Work 2 2
Short Commute Times 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 8
Housing Recently Built 8 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 6
People Living Alone 3 5
Affordability of Rents 3 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 9 8
Low Property Crime 5 1

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Kingston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles NW of Plymouth, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 30 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Plymouth
Standard Zip Codes 02364
Phone Area Codes 781
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.994
Longitude -70.725

Kingston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 1.5 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 82 F
Oct Temp 44 to 63 F
Annual Precip 51 inches
Distance 17.6 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches
Distance 19.2 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 81 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches
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Kingston Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 11,780 100%
Male 5,658 48%
Female 6,122 52%
Under 18 3,236 27.5%
18+ 8,544 72.5%
65+ 1,601 13.6%
Median Age 37.2
Average Family Size 3.19
White 11,427 97%
African-American 113 1%
Asian 51 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 14 0.1%
Other 59 0.5%
Mixed Race 115 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 88 0.7%

Estimated Kingston Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 12,457
Growth 677
Growth % 5.7%

Kingston Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 32.4%
Italian 13%
English 12.6%
German 6.9%
Portuguese 4.8%
French (except Basque) 3.5%
Scottish 3.1%
Polish 2.8%
French Canadian 2.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.8%
US/American 2.6%
Scotch-Irish 2.1%
Cape Verdean 2.1%
Swedish 1.4%
Greek 1.3%
Armenian 0.9%
Canadian 0.6%
British 0.6%
Russian 0.6%
Lebanese 0.4%
Norwegian 0.4%
Welsh 0.3%
Syrian 0.3%
Finnish 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Latvian 0.2%
European 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Kingston, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Rocky Nook (02364)
Silver Lake (02364)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Kingston 11,780 $65,101
Duxbury 14,248 $106,245
Halifax 7,500 $65,461
Marshfield 24,324 $76,541
Pembroke 16,927 $74,985
Plymouth 51,701 $63,266
Plympton 2,637 $75,000

Kingston Public Libraries

Kingston Public Library
Kingston, Massachusetts
(781) 585-0517
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Kingston High Schools (2004)

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,843 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

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1. Hingham, Massachusetts 88.9   21% 14.1% 57.5% 36 $98,598 7.5% 2.5% 19,882 3.5% 19.4 0.8% 0.7
2. Cohasset, Massachusetts 87   21.9% 15.3% 60.7% 38 $100,137 7.3% 1.8% 7,261 2.8% 17.8 1.9% 0.8
3. Noblesville, Indiana 86   21.6% 8.5% 40.9% 30 $70,914 9.3% 3.7% 28,590 5.4% 25.4 0.6% 0.9
4. Loudon, New Hampshire 83.3   15.1% 8.4% 22.3% 27 $59,096 7.1% 1.8% 4,481 6.1% 18.8 2.8% 1.6
5. New Baltimore, Michigan 81.8   27.7% 9.7% 22.7% 31 $72,046 7.3% 3.1% 7,405 3.5% 26.6 0.8% 1.5
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