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 13,723 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.
Kingston is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.25% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Kingston is a town of professionals, service providers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kingston who work in management occupations (13.11%), office and administrative support (10.06%), and teaching (8.92%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.55% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
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.
In Kingston, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.69 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
The citizens of Kingston are among the most well-educated in the nation: 43.96% of adults in Kingston have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Kingston in 2010 was $40,974, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $163,896 for a family of four.
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 Irish, Italian, English, German, and French.
The most common language spoken in Kingston is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.