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Hingham, Ma 02043

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A Comprehensive Guide to Living in Hingham, Massachusetts

Hingham, Massachusetts was originally known as Bare Cove by the first European settlers in 1633. In 1635 the Reverend Peter Hobart arrived with his followers from Hingham, England and the settlement was renamed “Hingham” becoming the 12th town in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In 1770, the eastern area of the town known as “Hingham’s Second Parish” separated and became the town of Cohasset.

The town has 22.6 square miles of land and a population of 22,394. The median household income is $103,350, while the property tax rate is $12.49 per $1,000. The town is run by a board of three selectmen and a town administrator, and has an open town meeting form of government.

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Transportation Options

Hingham is accessible via route 3 and routes 3A and 53 run through the town. There is a commuter boat ferry that runs from Hingham Shipyard to Rowe’s Wharf in Boston as well as other islands in Boston Harbor. The MBTA commuter rail also runs through Hingham via the Greenbush line.

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Trash collection is provided by private companies in Hingham and residents can also obtain permit stickers for the town’s transfer station. Hingham has its own police and fire departments and its nearest hospital is South Shore Hospital in Weymouth. The town also has two post offices.

Important Phone Numbers

  • Police Department: 781-749-1212
  • Fire Department: 781-741-1416
  • Town Hall: 781-741-1400
  • Elder Services Department: 781-741-1458

Public Schools

Hingham boasts a number of public and private schools. There are four public elementary schools, all of which serve students in kindergarten through fifth grade; East Elementary School, Foster Elementary School, Plymouth River Elementary School, and South Elementary School. Hingham Middle Schools serves students in grades six through eight, while Hingham High School serves grades nine through 12. The South Shore Educational Collaborative offers educational programs and services for individuals with special needs.

There are also five private schools in Hingham; Derby Academy serves students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade; Notre Dame Academy is a Roman Catholic school for girls in grades seven through 12; St. Paul Elementary School is a Roman Catholic school for children in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade; Old Colony Montessori School serves students in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade; and Su Escuela Language Academy is a full-immersion Spanish language school for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Community and Recreation

Hingham is home to a host of shops, restaurants, and recreational venues. With three golf courses, multiple sports camps, and different fitness classes, Hingham residents can stay active and involved in their community. Residents and visitors can avail of the town’s many beaches and pool memberships are available at the South Shore Country Club. The town’s rich history ensures there are a number of historic places to visit, such as the Old Ordinary house museum. In addition, Hingham offers a glut of natural beauty for visitors to explore in the form of World’s End Reserve, Wompatuck State Park, Whitney Woods, and more.

 

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