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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population93,349
Male Share of the Population48.4%
Female Share of the Population51.6%
Senior Citizens15.2%
Employed Population 16+50,658
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married45%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher42.1%
Median Earnings25+$44,780
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,193
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,662

Wealth

Median Family Income$82,086
% Above Poverty Level89.7%
% Below Poverty Level10.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time35 minutes
% Working from Home1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.8%
% Using Public Transportation26.6%

Housing

People Living Alone37%
Median Gross Rent$1,305
Median House Value$366,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)34.2%
Irish26.2%
Italian10.3%
English5.8%
German4.5%
French Except Basque2.8%
Polish2.6%
African2.4%
Canadian2.3%
West Indian1.6%
Swedish1.6%
Scottish1.5%
Greek1.5%
Portuguese1.4%
Russian1.3%
Albanian1.3%
Arab1.3%
Cape Verdean1.1%
Haitian0.8%
Lithuanian0.7%
Brazilian0.7%
Jamaican0.6%
Ukrainian0.5%
Turkish0.4%
Lebanese0.4%
Norwegian0.4%
Somali0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Moroccan0.3%
Dutch0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Sierra Leone0.2%
Ethiopian0.2%
Serbian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Australian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Latvian0.1%
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Quincy Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Large City7 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Norfolk County
Standard Zip Codes2169, 2171, 2170
P.O. Box Zip Codes2269
Phone Area Codes617,857
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude42.252
Longitude-71.002

Quincy Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationHINGHAM
Distance4.6 miles
Jan Temp20 to 37 F
Apr Temp38 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 81 F
Oct Temp42 to 62 F
Annual Precip49.8 inches
StationWALPOLE 2
Distance14 miles
Jan Temp18 to 36 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip46.5 inches
StationREADING
Distance19.4 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp35 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip48.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Hingham5,777$158,125
Hull10,437$95,975
Milton27,351$139,596
Randolph33,526$79,949

Quincy Public Libraries

Thomas Crane Public Library
40 WASHINGTON STREET
Quincy, Massachusetts
(617) 376-1301

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Quincy Hospitals

Quincy Medical Center
(Non-profit)
114 Whitwell Street
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Quincy Public Schools

Point Webster Middle
60 Lancaster St
(617) 984-6600
Middle
Total Enrollment 388
Reay E Sterling Middle
444 Granite St
(617) 984-8729
Middle
Total Enrollment 355
Charles A Bernazzani Elementary
701 Furnace Brook
(617) 984-8713
Primary
Total Enrollment 343
Beechwood Knoll Elementary
225 Fenno St
(617) 984-8781
Primary
Total Enrollment 373
Clifford H Marshall Elementary
200 Moody St Ext
(617) 984-8721
Primary
Total Enrollment 563
Atherton Hough
1084 Sea St
(617) 984-8797
Primary
Total Enrollment 291
Central Middle
1012 Hancock St
(617) 984-8725
Middle
Total Enrollment 585
Francis W Parker
148 Billings Rd
(617) 984-8710
Primary
Total Enrollment 311
Atlantic Middle
86 Hollis Ave
(617) 984-8727
Middle
Total Enrollment 458
Broad Meadows Middle
50 Calvin Rd
(617) 984-8723
Middle
Total Enrollment 307
Lincoln-hancock Community School
300 Granite St
(617) 984-8715
Primary
Total Enrollment 621
Merrymount
4 Agawam Rd
(617) 984-8762
Primary
Total Enrollment 370
Montclair
8 Belmont St
(617) 984-8708
Primary
Total Enrollment 381
Snug Harbor Community School
333 Palmer St
(617) 984-8763
Primary
Total Enrollment 415
Squantum
50 Huckins Ave
(617) 984-8706
Primary
Total Enrollment 364
North Quincy High
316 Hancock St
(617) 984-8744
High
Total Enrollment 1275
Wollaston School
205 Beale St
(617) 984-8791
Primary
Total Enrollment 315
Quincy High
100 Coddington St
(617) 984-8751
High
Total Enrollment 1521

Quincy Private Schools

The Woodward School
1102 Hancock St
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 127
Wollaston Child Care Center
47 Weston Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
Mutanafisun Academy
470 South St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 26
Campus Kinder Haus
162 Old Colony Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 17
Greater Quincy Child Care Center
859 Willard St Ste 100
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Adams Montessori School
310 Adams St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 67
Jack N Jill Kindergarten & Child Care Center
39 Station St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
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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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