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Overview

Introduction to Rockland, Massachusetts

Rockland, Massachusetts, in Plymouth county, is 5 miles NE of Brockton, Massachusetts and 17 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is part of the Boston metropolitan statistical area.

Rockland History

In 1673, Timothy Hatherly led fellow Europeans to this area. The town forged its own identity and got incorporated in March 1874. The name Rockland was based on the rocky nature of the area which made it more suitable for industry and mills rather than farming. Rockland also served as a landing strip for the South Weymouth Naval Air Station during the twentieth century.

Rockland and nearby Attractions

  • Rockland Golf Course
  • Rockland Memorial Library
  • Rockland Plaza
  • Rockland Town Hall
  • Studleys Pond
  • Lower Union Street Historic District

Things To Do In Rockland

Rockland has facilities for all kinds of interesting and recreational activities. Whether you want to see a movie, relax outdoors in a park, play golf or any other sport, you will get enough options. A number of interesting local celebrations and festivals are also held in the town and neighboring areas.

Rockland Transportation

Boston Logan International is the nearest major airport.

Rockland Higher Education

The Massasoit Community College is close by.

People

Total Population 17,663
Male Share of the Population 52.2%
Female Share of the Population 47.8%
Senior Citizens 15.8%
Employed Population 16+ 9,232
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 44.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $78,243
% Above Poverty Level 92.8%
% Below Poverty Level 7.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 3.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,159
Median House Value $266,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.2%
US/American 0.6%
English 11.6%
Irish 38.7%

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

Rockland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles NE of Brockton, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 17 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Plymouth
Standard Zip Codes 02370
Phone Area Codes 781
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.13
Longitude -70.927

Rockland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station BROCKTON
Distance 6.7 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches
Station HINGHAM
Distance 7.1 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 ROCHESTER
Distance 24 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Abington 16,112 $93,355
Avon 4,453 $88,750
Brockton 94,532 $56,679
Hanson 1,772 $101,141
Holbrook 10,975 $79,710
Whitman 14,715 $90,088

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

Rockland Public Libraries

Library
Rockland Memorial Library
20 BELMONT ST.
Rockland, Massachusetts
(781) 878-1236
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Rockland High Schools

ROCKLAND SENIOR HIGH
34 MACKINLAY WAY
781-871-0541
Serves 995 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

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