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 23,120 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 92.95% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Hingham is a town of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hingham who work in management occupations (19.51%), sales jobs (16.26%), and business and financial occupations (10.53%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Hingham telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.71% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Because of many things, Hingham is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Hingham really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Hingham perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One of the nice things about Hingham is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

In Hingham, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.60 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

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.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Hingham, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Hingham is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 67.58% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Hingham in 2010 was $65,937, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $263,748 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 Italian, English, German, and Scottish.

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