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Hingham, Massachusetts

  •   State: 
    Plymouth County
      County FIPS: 
    42°14′N 70°53′W
      Area total: 
    26.3 sq mi (68.1 km²)
      Area land: 
    22.2 sq mi (57.5 km²)
      Area water: 
    4.1 sq mi (10.6 km²)
    60 ft (18 m)
    1633; Settled 1633 (as Bare Cove); Incorporated September 2, 1635
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    920 residents per square mile of area (360/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
      Income taxes: 

Hingham (HING-m) is a town in metropolitan Greater Boston on the South Shore of the U.S. state of Massachusetts in northern Plymouth County. At the 2020 census, the population was 24,284. The town was named after Hingham, Norfolk, England, and was first settled by English colonists in 1633. The land on which Hingham was settled was deeded to the English by the Wampanoag sachem Wompatuck in 1655. The eastern part of the town split off to become Cohasset in 1770. Many of the original founders were forced to flee their native village in Norfolk with both their vicars, Rev. Peter Hobart and Rev. Robert Peck, when they fell foul of the strict doctrines of Anglican England. In 1645, some Hingham settlers supported Eames, and others supported Bozoan Allen, a prominent early Hingham settler and Hobart ally who came from King's Lynn in Norfolk, East Anglia. On July 4, 1665, the Native American tribe in the region, until three decades later, sold the township to Capt. Joshua Hobart (brother of Rev. John Thaxter) and Capt. Samuel Thaxter (the first American ancestor of Abraham Lincoln) Hingham's colonial residents occupied the land for 30 years, the Englishmen presumably felt entitled to a steep sum. Now, two men deliver their payment for the land. Two years earlier, Hingham had been granted 12 acres (49,000 m2) on their Turkey Hill, and that year two men were instructed to deliver the land to two landowners: John Leavitt and John Smith.


The town of Hingham was named for Hingham, a village in the English county of Norfolk, East Anglia. Many of the original founders were forced to flee their native village when they fell foul of the strict doctrines of Anglican England. The town was within Suffolk County from its founding in 1643 until 1803, and Plymouth County from 1803 to the present. The eastern part of the town split off to become Cohasset in 1770. A statue of President Lincoln adorns the area adjacent to downtown Hingham Square. Back to Mail Online home. Back To the page you came from.. Hingham is located at: The site is open to the public and free to the general public. It is located on the Massachusetts Turnpike, near the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue. The website is also available on the Internet at The page is free to browse and is available for the public to view for free on the internet. Back into the page. The Site is available to thegeneral public for free to view online at The site also is available online at the Internet Archive for the same reason: it is free for the general population.


Hingham lies along the southwest corner of Boston Harbor. The town is bordered on the east by Cohasset, and Scituate, on the south by Norwell and Rockland, and on the west by Weymouth. Hingham is separated from Hull by the Weir River and its tributary, which leads to the Straits Pond. There are several other small ponds and brooks throughout town. There is a marina along the mouth of the weymouth Back River, and a public beach along the harbor. The portion of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area in Hingham includes Bumpkin Island, Button Island, Langlee Island, Ragged Island, Sarah Island and the World's End Reservation, which juts out into the bay. The largest state park in the town is Wompatuck State Park, which spreads into the neighboring towns of Cohassets, Scituates and Norwell. The U.S. Census Bureau says the town has a total area of 26.3 square miles (68.1 km²), of which 22.2 square miles is land and 4.1 square miles, or 15.6 km², is water. It is located 14 miles (23 km) southeast of downtown Boston and is located in Plymouth County, which is part of Norfolk County. It has a population of 2,816. It was the site of the World War II Battle of the Bulge, which took place in World War I.


The U.S. Census Bureau estimates, there are 24,284 people and 8,873 households in the town. There were 7,368 housing units at an average density of 327.9 per square mile (126.6/km²) The racial makeup of the town was 97.5% White, 0.40% Black or African American, 0,04% Native American,0.88% Asian, 0.,02% Pacific Islander, 0, 22% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.75% of the population. The median household income was $142,435 (mean household income is $206,876) in 2019. The per capita income for the town in 2019 was $78,301. About 2.4% of families and 3.5%. of the residents were below the poverty line. The town's median age was 40 years, with 27.7% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 26.3%. from 25 to 44, 27.5. from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.19. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.6 males. Males had a median income of $66,802 versus $41,370 for females.


According to the Town's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the town are: the town's three largest employers. The town's economy is based on a combination of manufacturing, construction, and services. The top employers are all based outside of the town, with the exception of two small businesses. The Town's top employer is based in the city's central business district. The city's largest employer is located in the central part of the city, in the downtown area. The biggest employers are based outside the city in the south and east. The largest employers are in the north and the west. In the north, the town has the largest number of small businesses in the state and the largest employers is in the east and the south. The most popular employers are located in both the central and eastern parts of the county and the city of Wounded Knee, the state's largest city, and the county's largest town. The U.S. city is the largest employer in the county, followed by the state, and then the county itself. The state's top employers include the state of Wisconsin and the state-level state of New Jersey. The county's unemployment rate is the highest in the country. The unemployment rate for the state is the lowest in the nation, at 0.7%. The town is the second highest in New York state, after New York City, with a rate of 0.8%. The state-wide unemployment rate, at 1.2 percent, is the third-highest in the United States.


Hingham is governed on the local level by the open town meeting form of government. The town hall is located in the former Central Junior High School building, which it moved into in 1995. Hingham is a part of Massachusetts's 8th congressional district, and is currently represented by Stephen F. Lynch. The state's junior Senator is Ed Markey, who was elected in a special election in 2013 to fill the seat vacated by John Kerry being appointed as U.S. Secretary of State. On the state level, the town is represented in the Massachusetts House of Representatives by Joan Meschino. The district also includes Cohasset, Hull and North Scituate. There are two post offices in the town, one in downtown Hingham on North Street and another in South Hingham right on Route 53. The nearest hospital is South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, where all emergency calls are sent. The public library is located on Leavitt Street in Center Hingham and is part of the Old Colony Library Network. It is owned and operated by the town of Hingham, along with the towns of Duxbury, Hull, Marshfield, Norwell, Scituates, and Weymour. It has a collection of more than 2,000 books, many of which are free to the public. It also has a radio station, the Hingham Radio Network, which is available on the Internet and on radio stations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It was founded in 1883.


Hingham is home to seven public schools: Hingham High School, East Elementary, Foster Elementary, South Elementary, and South Elementary. It is also home to five private schools: Derby Academy, Notre Dame Academy, St. Paul School, Old Colony Montessori School, and Su Escuela Language Academy. Public transportation is currently served by the commuter boat ferry service from the Hingham Shipyard to Rowes Wharf in downtown Boston. Commuter rail has been restored along the Greenbush Line through Hingham. There is no air service in the town; the nearest airport is Logan International Airport in Boston as well as smaller public airports in Norwood and Marshfield. Hingham is located on the Massachusetts Turnpike, which runs from Boston to New York City and the New England coast. It also has a number of minor roads, including Route 3, Route 228, Route 3A, Route 53, Route 222, and Route 3B. The town is also served by Hingham Airport, which is located in the north of the town and is the only airport in the area. It has a population of 2,000, with most of its residents living in or around the town of Hingham and the surrounding areas. It was the site of the Battle of the Bulge, which took place in 1864. The Battle was fought over the control of the Boston Harbor by the U.S. Navy, which was based in Hingham from 1864 to 1875.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts = 85.1. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 27. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 30. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Hingham = 3.3 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 6,792 individuals with a median age of 40.8 age the population grows by 16.82% in Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 920 residents per square mile of area (360/km²). There are average 2.61 people per household in the 2,392 households with an average household income of $113,772 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 5.80% of the available work force and has dropped -4.07% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 26.06%. The number of physicians in Hingham per 100,000 population = 154.6.


The annual rainfall in Hingham = 48.7 inches and the annual snowfall = 48.6 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 129. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 198. 82 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 19.3 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 51, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts which are owned by the occupant = 76.94%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 59 years with median home cost = $653,000 and home appreciation of -3.47%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $13.98 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $6,591 per student. There are 14.6 students for each teacher in the school, 633 students for each Librarian and 452 students for each Counselor. 8.01% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 33.56% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 26.38% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Hingham's population in Plymouth County, Massachusetts of 2,473 residents in 1900 has increased 2,75-fold to 6,792 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 52.65% female residents and 47.35% male residents live in Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

    As of 2020 in Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts are married and the remaining 29.76% are single population.

  • 36.1 minutes is the average time that residents in Hingham require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    75.82% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 3.56% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 14.29% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 6.19% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, 76.94% are owner-occupied homes, another 20.54% are rented apartments, and the remaining 2.53% are vacant.

  • The 53.36% of the population in Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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