Rockport 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 7,206 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Rockport is the 216th largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Rockport was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Rockport home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Rockport real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Unlike some towns, Rockport isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Rockport are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Rockport is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rockport who work in management occupations (12.58%), teaching (12.13%), and office and administrative support (12.04%).
Of important note, Rockport is also a town of artists. Rockport has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Rockport’s character.
A relatively large number of people in Rockport telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.41% 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, Rockport 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.
Overall, Rockport’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.
Rockport 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
Despite being a small town, Rockport has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
The education level of Rockport ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Rockport, 49.58% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Rockport in 2010 was $44,848, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $179,392 for a family of four. However, Rockport contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Rockport home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Rockport residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Rockport include English, Italian, German, and French .
The most common language spoken in Rockport is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Asian languages.