Kingston is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 13,301 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Kingston is the 153rd largest community in Massachusetts.
Housing costs in Kingston are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Kingston is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Kingston is a town of professionals, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kingston who work in management occupations (14.21%), sales jobs (10.98%), and teaching (8.45%).
Also of interest is that Kingston has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Kingston 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, Kingston’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
Kingston 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 Kingston is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Kingston, the average commute to work is 32.18 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.
The education level of Kingston citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 39.56% of adults in Kingston have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Kingston in 2010 was $36,864, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $147,456 for a family of four. However, Kingston contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Kingston home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Kingston residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Kingston include English, Italian, German, and French .
The most common language spoken in Kingston is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.