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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,101
Male Share of the Population42.3%
Female Share of the Population57.7%
Senior Citizens28.8%
Employed Population 16+2,630
Age of the Population54

Families

% of people married57%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher46.9%
Median Earnings25+$38,281
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,714
Median Earnings With High School Degree$36,371

Wealth

Median Family Income$95,461
% Above Poverty Level94.6%
% Below Poverty Level5.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home8.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.6%
% Using Public Transportation8.6%

Housing

People Living Alone38.6%
Median Gross Rent$982
Median House Value$498,400

Ancestry

English20.2%
Irish18.4%
Italian14.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)10.1%
German6.5%
Portuguese5.4%
Scottish4.5%
Dutch4.5%
French Except Basque4%
Finnish3.5%
Canadian3.4%
Swedish2.8%
Russian2.4%
Polish2.3%
Greek1.4%
Norwegian1%
Austrian0.9%
Welsh0.7%
Arab0.5%
US/American0.5%
Lebanese0.5%
Ukrainian0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Czech0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Latvian0.1%
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Rockport Almanac

CategoryValue
County Essex County
Standard Zip Codes1966
Phone Area Codes508,351,978
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.64
Approximate Longitude-70.61

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)

StationMARBLEHEAD
Distance16.5 miles
Jan Temp20 to 37 F
Apr Temp38 to 57 F
Jul Temp63 to 82 F
Oct Temp45 to 62 F
Annual Precip45.5 inches
StationMIDDLETON
Distance20.5 miles
Jan Temp17 to 38 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip45.3 inches
StationREADING
Distance27.8 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
Essex1,476$127,446
Gloucester29,546$87,667
Hamilton8,136$131,250
Ipswich4,215$80,556
Newbury6,905$112,876
Rowley1,576$85,795

Rockport Public Libraries

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

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Rockport Public Schools

Rockport Elementary
34 Jerdens Lane
ZIP: 1966
(978) 546-1220
Primary
Total Enrollment 399
Rockport High
24 Jerdens Lane
ZIP: 1966
(978) 546-1234
High
Total Enrollment 304
Rockport Middle
26 Jerdens Lane
ZIP: 1966
(978) 546-1250
Middle
Total Enrollment 255
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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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