Introduction to Quincy, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts city of Quincy is located in Norfolk County, only 11 miles south of the capital city of Boston and about 42 miles northeast of the Rhode Island state capital of Providence. Neighboring towns include Weymouth (to the east), Braintree and Randolph (to the south), and Dedham (to the west). Situated on what is commonly referred to as the "South Shore," the area south of Boston extending along the coast down to Cape Cod, Quincy is close enough to the state capital to still be considered part of the Boston metropolitan region. Often called the "City of Presidents," Quincy is the birthplace of both John Adams (second President of the United States) and John Quincy Adams (the nation's sixth President).

Pronounced "Quinzy," the city was named after Colonel John Quincy, great-grandfather of John Quincy Adams. Originally part of what is now the neighboring town of Braintree, Quincy was officially incorporated as a separate town in 1792 and made a city in 1888. During the 19th century the city's primary industry was granite quarrying, but by the 20th century Quincy became a leading shipbuilding center. Two notable chains which were founded in the city and got their start here are Howard Johnson's and Dunkin Donuts.

Things to See and Do in Quincy

Rich in historic treasures, Quincy's impressive past remains vibrant today in the form of its fascinating historic sites. The Adams National Historical Park commemorates the accomplishments of the distinguished men and women of the Adams family. The park includes the family home and the farmhouse where both presidents were born. The Hancock Cemetery, located near City Hall, includes graves of generations of the Adams and Quincy families. The Josiah Quincy House, originally a country estate, is the former home of Josiah Quincy, a high-status Revolutionary War leader. The Thomas Crane Public Library, a national architectural landmark, recently underwent a three-year restoration and renovation. The USS Salem & the U.S. Naval Shipbuilding Museum showcases one of the nation's great warships, and contains exhibits depicting shipboard life and artifacts relating to military equipment and records.

The city of Boston and its many world-class attractions are just a few minutes away. Here are just some of the points of interest this historic city has to offer:

  • The Boston Science Museum
  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • The Boston Common
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library and Museum
  • Bunker Hill Monument
  • The USS Constitution
  • Prudential Center
  • The Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • The Boston Pops
  • The Museum of Fine Arts
  • Old North Church
  • The Boston Children's Museum
  • New England Aquarium
  • Faneuil Hall
  • The Freedom Trail
  • John Hancock Tower
  • Paul Revere House

One of Boston's premier annual events is the running of the Boston Marathon, the world's oldest annual marathon, which takes place every April and draws upwards of 20,000 runners annually. Boston is also the site of major league professional sports action, as the home town of several teams. Calling Boston home are baseball's Red Sox, basketball's Celtics (NBA), hockey's Bruins (NHL), and lacrosse's Cannons (MLL). Professional football and soccer can be found thirty minutes south in the town of Foxboro, home to the NFL's N.E. Patriots and MLS's N.E. Revolution.


Total Population 93,177
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 14.5%
Employed Population 16+ 50,385
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 44.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 40.4%
Median Earnings25+ $43,858
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,807
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,297


Median Family Income $79,585
% Above Poverty Level 89.8%
% Below Poverty Level 10.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 26.1%


People Living Alone 36.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,250
Median House Value $351,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 33.9%
US/American 0.2%
English 6.2%
Irish 28.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Quincy Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 7 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Norfolk
Standard Zip Codes 02169, 02170, 02171
P.O. Box Zip Codes 02269
Phone Area Codes 781
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.252
Longitude -71.002

Quincy Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 4.6 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
Station WALPOLE 2
Distance 14 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Distance 19.4 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Houghs Neck (02169)

Marina Bay (02171)

Norfolk Downs (02171)

North Quincy (02171)

Quincy Center (02169)

South Quincy (02169)

Squantum (02171)

West Quincy (02169)

Wollaston (02170)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hingham 5,416 $161,715
Hull 10,403 $91,315
Milton 27,303 $136,645
Randolph 33,409 $74,275

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Quincy Public Libraries

Thomas Crane Public Library
Quincy, Massachusetts
(617) 376-1300

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Quincy Hospitals

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(617) 773-6100
Emergency Service: Yes

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The Old Quincy homestead c1904.

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The Old Quincy homestead c1904.

Crane Public Library between 1900 and 1906

Birthplace of John Quincy Adams) c1904.

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