Hingham, MA
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Hingham is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 23,923 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Hingham is the 84th largest community in Massachusetts.

Hingham home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Hingham real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Hingham is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 92.31% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Hingham is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hingham who work in management occupations (18.84%), sales jobs (15.32%), and business and financial occupations (10.59%).

Of important note, Hingham is also a town of artists. Hingham has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Hingham’s character.

Also of interest is that Hingham has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.96% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In addition, Hingham is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Hingham is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Hingham’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Hingham is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Hingham, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 36.59 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Hingham is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking a ferryboat. For Hingham, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

If knowledge is power, Hingham is a pretty powerful place. 70.01% of the adults in Hingham have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Hingham in 2010 was $73,963, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $295,852 for a family of four.

The people who call Hingham home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hingham residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Hingham include Irish, Italian, English, German, and French.

The most common language spoken in Hingham is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Spanish.