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Hingham Massachusetts, Incorporated 1635, History & Pride
 

About Hingham:

 

About the Town

Discover Hingham!

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The Town of Hingham covers an area of 22.5 square miles and is approximately 15 miles south of Boston. The town's history is reflected in its many immaculately kept antique houses, including the "Old Ordinary" on Lincoln Street, which now houses the Hingham Historical Society Museum. Derby Academy, founded in 1784, is the oldest co-educational school in the country and Hingham's First Parish Old Ship Church is the oldest wooden structure in the country in continuous use as a place of worship. Hingham has created six historic districts which will help the town maintain its unique character in the future.

Hingham is proud of its location on the water, including 21 miles of shoreline and construction of a new harbor park further expands the public use of Hingham Harbor. The acquisition of the South Shore Country Club by the municipality provides additional recreation opportunities for residents while preserving the suburban character of this historic seaside community. Recreational areas include Bare Cove Park which has biking and walking trails around its 500 acres along Back River, World's End which is a 250 acre peninsula overlooking Hingham Harbor with breathtaking views of Boston, and Wompatuck State park which includes 3,000 acres of woodland are and the largest public campground in the metropolitan Boston area.

Tree City USA

 

For the 24th time, Hingham has been named "Tree City USA" by the National Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of the Towns commitment to tree care and planting in 2011.

 

 


Places of Interest in Hingham



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Hingham resides in Plymouth County.

Sister City and origin of many of Hingham, Ma first settlers: Hingham, Norfolk, England

Location:
Eastern Massachusetts, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Hull on the north, Cohasset and Scituate on the east, Norwell and Rockland on the south, and Weymouth on the west. Hingham is 15 miles southeast of Boston; 16 miles northeast of Brockton; 30 miles north of Plymouth; 42 miles from Providence, Rhode Island; and 218 miles from New York City.
Latitude: 42.22569
Longitude: -70.88878

Street Map of Hingham, MA
Satellite Image of Hingham, MA

Year Incorporated:1635
Total Area: 25.04 sq. miles
Land Area: 22.59 sq. miles
Population: 22,394 (2010)
Density: 910 per sq. mile

Climate:
Normal temperature in January.....27.4F
Normal temperature in July........71.5F
Normal annual precipitation.......47.7"

Form of Government:
Board of Selectmen
Town Administrator
Open Town Meeting (4th Monday in April)
Annual Town Election (1st Saturday after annual Town meeting)

Regional Planning Agency:
Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Utilities:
Electric: Hingham Municipal Light Plant
Telephone: Verizon and Comcast
Gas: National Grid
Cable TV: Comcast and Verizon
Sewer: Hingham Municipal Sewer Department
Water: Aquarion Water Company of Massachusetts

US Postal Office:
Main Office: 121 North Street
Accord Station: 28 Whiting Street

 


Financial and Tax Information

Households by Type: (2000 Census)

  Households %
Married Couple Family 4,721 65.7
Non-Family Household 1,710 23.8
Female Householder 610 8.5
Male Householder 148 2.0
Average Household Size 2.72  
Average Family Size 3.19  

Employment, Wages and Laborforce Information

Annual
Year
Labor Force
Employed
Unemployed
Unemployment Rate
Average 2012 11,196 10,664 532 4.8
Average 2011 11,057 10,499 558 5.0
Average 2010 11,099 10,423 676 6.1
Average 2009 11,367 10,650 717 6.3
Average 2008 11,424 10,974 450 3.9
Average 2007 11,039 10,676 363 3.3
Average 2006 10,956 10,559 397 3.6
Average 2005 10,546 10,204 342 3.2
Average 2004 10,587 10,189 398 3.8
Average 2003 10,245 9,800 445 4.3
Average 2002 10,285 9,876 409 4
Average 2001 10,274 10,003 271 2.6
Average 2000 10,175 9,968 207 2
Average 1999 11,153 10,938 215 1.9
Average 1998 11,024 10,803 221 2
Average 1997 10,924 10,628 296 2.7
Average 1996 10,686 10,353 333 3.1
Average 1995 10,494 10,137 357 3.4
Average 1994 10,421 9,982 439 4.2
Average 1993 10,285 9,796 489 4.8
Average 1992 10,277 9,647 630 6.1
Average 1991 10,382 9,761 621 6
Average 1990 10,511 10,063 448 4.3

Tax Rates: (per thousand)

Fiscal Year Ended June 30 Residential Commercial Industrial Personal
2014  $ 12.56  $ 12.56  $ 12.56  $ 12.56
2013  $ 12.32  $ 12.32  $ 12.32  $ 12.32
2012  $ 11.89  $ 11.89  $ 11.89  $ 11.89
2011  $ 11.08  $ 11.08  $ 11.08  $ 11.08
2010  $ 10.77  $ 10.77  $ 10.77  $ 10.77
2009  $   9.75  $   9.75  $   9.75  $   9.75
2008  $   9.20  $   9.20 $   9.20  $   9.20
2007  $   9.00  $   9.00  $   9.00  $   9.00
2006  $   9.20  $   9.20  $   9.20  $   9.20
2005  $   9.96  $   9.96  $   9.96  $   9.96
2004  $ 10.68  $ 10.68  $ 10.68  $ 10.68
2003  $ 11.47  $ 11.47  $ 11.47  $ 11.47
2002  $ 11.72  $ 11.72  $ 11.72  $ 11.72
2001  $ 13.75  $ 13.75  $ 13.75  $ 13.75
2000  $ 14.61  $ 14.61  $ 14.61  $ 14.61
1999  $ 14.74  $ 14.74  $ 14.74  $ 14.74
1998  $ 15.70  $ 15.70  $ 15.70  $ 15.70

Tax Levies: (in thousands)

  FY01 FY02 FY03 FY04  FY05 FY06 FY07 FY08
Residential $31,509 $33,342 $34,047 $36,796 $39,530 $41,745 $43,924 $46,014
Open Space $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Commercial $2,687 $2,599 $2,800 $2,450 $2,463 $3,530 $3,815 $4,262
Industrial $1,554 $1,682 $1,717 $1,636 $1,578 $1,894 $1,744 $1,760
Personal Property $753 $626 $621 $745 $617 $601 $670 $637
Total $36,504 $38,252 $39,185 $41,627 $44,188 $47,770 $50,153 $52,673

Income Distribution: (2000 Census)

  Households %
Less than $10,000 75 1.4
$10,000 - $14,999 31 0.6
$15,000 - $24,999 227 4.1
$25,000 - $34,999 175 3.2
$35,000 - $49,999 481 8.8
$50,000 - $74,999 888 16.2
$75-000 - $99,999 916 16.7
$100,000 - $149,999 1,326 24.1
$150,000 - $199,999 508 9.2
$200,000 or more 866 15.8
Total 7,197 100

Median Sales Price :

Year

Residential

Condominium

2011 $625,000 $603,550
2010 $631,000 $548,500
2009 $600,000 $252,000
2008 $632,500 $800,000
2007 $628,000 $353,500
2006 $625,000 $371,000
2005 $665,000 $399,950
2004 $617,500 $321,450
200 $599,000 $262,400
2002 $490,000 $245,250
2001 $412,500 $213,000
2000 $381,950 $180,000
1999 $336,500 $158,000
1998 $296,500 $144,000
1997 $251,250 $135,000
1996 $243,000 $130,500

 


Voter Information

Registered Voters (as of October, 2012): 16,990

Democrat

Republican

Green-Rainbow

Intern. 3rd Party

Libertarian

Veteran Party of America

4132

3099

12

7

36

0

Working Families
World Citizen Party
American Independent
Reform
Unenrolled
Total
0
0
1
1
9702
16990

Hingham Voter Information

Governor

Governor Deval PatrickDeval Patrick (Democrat)
State House - Office of the Governor
Room 280
Boston, MA 02133
(888)-870-7770 - Phone
(617) 727-9725 - Fax
Official Site
Email

Lieutenant Governor

 

US Senators
Senator William Cowen
Senator William "Mo" Cowan
(Democrat)
365 Dirksen Senate Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
(202) 224-2742
Official Site
Email

Senator Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Warren (Democrat)
Russell Senate Office Building
2 Russell Courtyard
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-4543
Official Site
Email

US Congressman (8th Congressional District)

US Congressman Stephen LynchStephen Lynch (Democrat)
2133 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-8273
Fax: (202) 225-3984
Official Site
Email

State Senator 

Senator Robert L. HedlundRobert L. Hedlund (Republican)
617-722-1646
State House
Room 313-C
Boston, MA 02133
Official Site
Email

State Representative

State Representative Garrett J. BradleyGarrett J. Bradley (Democrat)
617-722-2460
State House
Room 443
State House
Boston, MA 02133
Official Site
Email

 


School Information

www.hinghamschools.com

Public Schools:
East Elem: K-5
Wm. L Foster Elem: K-5
Plymouth River Elem: K-5
South Elem: K-5
Hingham Middle School: 6-8
Hingham High: 9-12

School Year Enrollment Increase (Decrease)
2011 4135 (19)
2010 4154 44
2009 4110 87
2008 4023 173
2007 3850 54
2006 3796 33
2005 3763 85
2004 3678 82
2003 3596 42
2002 3554 97
2001 3457 57

Hingham Schools Profile - Massachusetts Department of Education  Demographics, Enrollment, Dropout, MCAS Results, Attendance/Exclusion Rates, more

 


Transportation Information

Transportation:
Hingham is situated in the Greater Boston Area, which has excellent rail, air, and highway facilities. State Route 128 and Interstate Route 495 divide the region into inner and outer zones, which are connected by numerous "spokes" providing direct access to the airport, port, and intermodal facilities of Boston. Principal highways are State Route 3, the Southeastern Expressway connecting Boston to the South Shore and the Cape, and State Routes 3A and 228.

Rail:
Commuter rail service in Hingham is provided by the MBTA via the Greenbush line. 

Inbound Greenbush Schedule
Outbound Greenbush Schedule
Greenbush Schedule (PDF)
West Hingham Station Details (Zone 3)
Nantasket Junction Station Details (Zone 4)
Commuter Rail Fares and Passes

Please visit the MBTA website for  further details

The MBTA Red Line (Rapid Transit) is accessible from Braintree and Quincy. Travel time to Park Street station (Downtown Boston) from Quincy Center is approx. 20 mins. The Bay Colony Railroad provides freight rail service to Hingham.

Bus:
Hingham is a member of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
(MBTA). There is fixed route service to Quincy Station. The MBTA also provides
THE RIDE, a paratransit service for the elderly and disabled. The Plymouth and Brockton Street Railway Company provides bus commuter service to Boston.

Other:
Commuter boat service is available from Hingham to Rowes Wharf, Boston, by Boston Harbor CruisesThe Airport Water Shuttle provides transportation to Logan Airport from Rowes Wharf in Boston.

 


Recreation Information

Hingham Public Library:
66 Leavitt St.
(781) 741-1405

Museums:
Old Ordinary
21 Lincoln Street
(781) 749-0013

Bare Cove Fire Museum
45 Bare Cove Park Drive
Phone: (781) 749-0028
e-mail: BCFM.Hingham@gmail.com

Recreational Facilities:
Wompatuck State Park (2,877 acres)
bicycling, camping, cross country skiing, general play, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, nature observing, picnicking, sight seeing, snowmobiling, walking/jogging
Bare Cove Park (468 acres)
hiking, bicycling, boating-non motor, hiking, ice skating, motor boating, nature observing, picnicking, sight seeing, walking/jogging
Whitney Woods (320 acres)
hiking, horseback riding, nature observing, picnicking, walking/jogging
Worlds End Reserve (251 acres)
bicycling, cross country skiing, hiking, nature observing, walking/jogging
South Shore Country Club (170 acres)
golf, hiking, pool swimming, tennis
Fulling Mill Pond (162 acres)
boating-non motor, hiking, ice skating, nature observing, picnicking
Town Forest (107 acres)
bicycling, hiking, horseback riding
More Brewer Park (106 acres)
bicycling, cross country skiing, hiking, horseback riding, ice skating, nature observing, natural history, picnicking, walking/jogging