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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population 4,846
Male Share of the Population 42.9%
Female Share of the Population 57.1%
Senior Citizens 28.6%
Employed Population 16+ 2,480
Age of the Population 55

Families

% of people married 54.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 46.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $100,890
% Above Poverty Level 94.6%
% Below Poverty Level 5.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 11.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.4%
% Using Public Transportation 8.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 43.5%
Median Gross Rent $955
Median House Value $480,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9%
US/American 0.1%
English 19.5%
Irish 17%

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

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

Notes:

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

Station MARBLEHEAD
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
Station MIDDLETON
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
Station READING
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Essex 1,613 $124,659
Gloucester 29,399 $82,222
Hamilton 8,102 $126,641
Ipswich 4,235 $82,000
Newbury 6,854 $104,344
Rowley 1,511 $85,756

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

Rockport Public Libraries

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Rockport Public Library
17 SCHOOL STREET
Rockport, Massachusetts
(978) 546-6934

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ROCKPORT HIGH
24 JERDEN'S LANE
978-546-1234
Serves 301 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.4

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Historic Rockport

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Turk's Head Inn c1906.

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Turk's Head Inn c1906.

The Harbor c1906

Father Neptune c1905.

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