Rockport, Massachusetts

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Rockport, Massachusetts

Introduction to Rockport, Massachusetts

Rockport, Massachusetts, in Essex county, is 21 miles NE of Lynn, Massachusetts (center to center) and 30 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts. About 7,767 people live in Rockport.

Rockport History

Rockport was originally inhabited by the Agawam Indians. The town was a part of Gloucester, which was settled in 1623, but was uninhabited for more than 100 years. A dock was built in 1743 for timber and fishing, and the first granite quarries were developed in the early 19th century. It became a separate town in 1840. Rockport is located in Essex County, which was organized on May 10, 1643.

Rockport and Nearby Attractions

  • Old Garden Beach
  • Halibut Point State Park
  • Babson Museum
  • The Headlands
  • Sandy Bay Historical Society and Museums
  • Hammond Castle Museum

Things To Do In Rockport

Rockport offers a wide variety of opportunities for recreation. For outdoor recreation, people may visit the Pebbly Beach, Old Garden Beach, Long Beach, Cape Hedge Beach, and Front Beach. The Rockport Golf Club provides opportunities to play golf. Museums like Babson Museum and Sandy Bay Historical Society and Museums are also in the area. The Halibut Point State Park is another popular attraction. Apart from these, Rockport hosts the Harvest Festival every year in October.

Rockport Transportation

Flights are available from General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport.

Rockport Higher Education

Colleges nearby include Salem State College, Northern Essex Community College, and North Shore Community College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Rockport Low Property Crime
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Rockport Walking and Biking to Work
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Rockport Well-Paid Single Women
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Rockport Low Violent Crime
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Rockport College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Rockport Well-Paid Single Men
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Rockport Public Transportation Use
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Rockport Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Rockport, Massachusetts

Comparing Rockport 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
Age of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 9
Senior Citizens 9 10
Female Share of the Population 9 10
Well-Paid Single Men 9 8
Male Share of the Population 2 1
Racial Diversity 1 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 2
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 8
People Above Poverty 9 7
Median Family Income 9 7
People in Middle Class or Better 8 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Working at Home 10 8
Public Transportation Use 9 9
Short Commute Times 3 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 9
People Living Alone 10 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 9
Affordability of Rents 4 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2
Housing Recently Built 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 10 10
Low Violent Crime 10 9

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Rockport Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 21 miles NE of Lynn, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 30 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Essex
Standard Zip Codes 01966
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.655
Longitude -70.62

Rockport Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 16.5 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 63 to 82 F
Oct Temp 45 to 62 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches
Distance 20.5 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 45.3 inches
Distance 27.8 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
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Rockport Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 7,767 100%
Male 3,576 46%
Female 4,191 54%
Under 18 1,654 21.3%
18+ 6,113 78.7%
65+ 1,571 20.2%
Median Age 44.9
Average Family Size 2.93
White 7,591 97.7%
African-American 21 0.3%
Asian 35 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 17 0.2%
Other 40 0.5%
Mixed Race 61 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 83 1.1%

Estimated Rockport Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 7,763
Growth -4
Growth % -0.1%

Rockport 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 19.3%
English 19.1%
Italian 12.9%
US/American 4.7%
Scottish 4.6%
German 4.4%
Swedish 3.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.5%
Finnish 3.2%
Portuguese 2.8%
French (except Basque) 2.3%
French Canadian 2%
Polish 1.9%
Greek 1.7%
Scotch-Irish 1.5%
European 1.5%
Canadian 1.1%
British 1%
Norwegian 1%
Scandinavian 0.9%
Russian 0.8%
Dutch 0.6%
Welsh 0.6%
Danish 0.6%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Austrian 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Lebanese 0.4%
Eastern European 0.3%
Israeli 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
Albanian 0.3%
Latvian 0.2%
Cape Verdean 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Pigeon Cove (01966)

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)
Rockport 7,767 $69,263
Essex 3,267 $70,152
Gloucester 30,273 $58,459
Hamilton 8,315 $79,886
Ipswich 12,987 $74,931
Newbury 6,717 $83,428
Rowley 5,500 $75,527

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Rockport Public Library
Rockport, Massachusetts
(978) 546-6934

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Historic Rockport


Turk's Head Inn c1906.

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Turk's Head Inn c1906.

The Harbor c1906

Father Neptune c1905.

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