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 24,679 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 93.15% 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 (18.58%), sales jobs (13.92%), and business and financial occupations (12.04%).
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.
A relatively large number of people in Hingham telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 11.01% 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 people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
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.
One downside of living in Hingham is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Hingham, the average commute to work is 37.32 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Hingham use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Hingham‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding a ferryboat. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
If knowledge is power, Hingham is a pretty powerful place. 71.15% 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 2018 was $78,301, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $313,204 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, English, Italian, German, and French.
The most common language spoken in Hingham is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Spanish.