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Quincy ( ) is a city in Norfolk Countymarker, Massachusettsmarker, United Statesmarker. Its nicknames are "City of Presidents", "City of Legends", and "Birthplace of the American Dream". As a major part of Metropolitan Boston, Quincy is a member of Bostonmarker's Inner Core Committee for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). Its estimated population in 2008 was 92,339, making it the 7th largest city in the state.

Quincy is named for Colonel John Quincy, maternal grandfather of Abigail Adams and after whom John Quincy Adams was also named. The name of the city is correctly pronounced , following the family's pronunciation, though it is often mispronounced outside the region as . Quincy is the birthplace of former U.S. Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, as well as statesman John Hancock, fourth and longest serving President of the Continental Congress.


View of Mount Wollaston as it appeared in 1840, virtually unchanged from the time of initial English settlement in 1625.
The central part of this sketch was adopted as the seal of Quincy.
Prior to the settlement of the area by English colonists, a hill east of the mouth of the Neponset River near what is now called Squantummarker was the seat of the ruling Massachusett sachem, or native American leader, Chickatawbut. Moswetuset Hummockmarker was visited by Plymouth Colony commander Myles Standish and Squanto, a native guide, in 1621. Four years later, a party lead by Captain Wollaston established a post on a low hill near the south shore of Quincy Baymarker east of present-day Black's Creek. The settlers found the area suitable for farming, as Chickatawbut and his group, who used the name Passonagessit (“Little Neck of Land”) for the area, had cleared much of the land of trees. This settlement was named Mount Wollaston in honor of the leader, who soon after 1625 left the area bound for Virginiamarker.

Upon the departure of Wollaston, Thomas Morton took over leadership of the post and the settlement proceeded to gain a reputation for debauchery with native women and drunkenness. Morton renamed the settlement Ma-re-Mount ("Hill by the Sea") and later wrote in reference to the conservative separatists of Plymouth Colony to the south who disapproved of his libertine practices that they were "threatening to make it a woefull mount and not a merry mount". In 1627 Morton was arrested by Standish for violating the code of conduct in a way harmful to the colony and was sent back to England, only to return and be arrested by Puritans the next year. The area of Quincy now called Merrymountmarker is located on the site of the original English settlement of 1625 and takes its name from the punning name given by Morton.

Quincy was first incorporated as the North Precinct of Braintreemarker in 1640, bordered along the coast of Massachusetts Bay by Dorchestermarker to the north and Weymouthmarker to the east. Following the American Revolution, Quincy was officially incorporated as a separate town named for John Quincy in 1792, and was made a city in 1888.

Among the city's several firsts was the Granite Railwaymarker, the first commercial railroad in the United Statesmarker. It was constructed in 1826 to carry granite from a Quincy quarrymarker to the Neponset River in Miltonmarker so that the stone could then be taken by boat to erect the Bunker Hill Monumentmarker in Charlestown, Massachusettsmarker. Quincy granite became famous throughout the nation, and stonecutting became the city's principal economic activity. Quincy was also home to the first iron furnace in the United States, the John Winthrop, Jr. Iron Furnace Sitemarker (also known as Braintree Furnace), from 1644 to 1653.

Quincy was additionally important as a shipbuilding center. Sailing ships were built in Quincy for many years, including the only seven-masted schooner ever built, Thomas W.marker Lawsonmarker. The Fore Rivermarker area became a shipbuilding center in the 1880s—originally owned by Thomas A. Watson of telephone fame—and many famous warships were built at the Fore River Shipyardmarker, including the aircraft carrier ; the battleships , now preserved as a museum ship at Battleship Covemarker in Massachusetts, and ; and , the world's last all-gun heavy warship, which is still preserved at Fore River as the main exhibit of the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museummarker. John J. Kilroy, reputed originator of the famous Kilroy Was Here graffiti, was a welding inspector at Fore River.

Quincy was also an aviation pioneer thanks to Dennison Field. Located in the Squantummarker section of town it was one of the world's first airports and was partially developed by Amelia Earhart. In 1910, it was the site of the Harvard Aero Meet, the second air show in America. It was later leased to the Navy for an airfield, and served as a reserve Squantum Naval Air Stationmarker into the 1950s.

In the 1870s, the city gave its name to the Quincy Method, an influential approach to education developed by Francis W. Parker while he served as Quincy's superintendent of schools. Parker, an early proponent of progressive education, put his ideas into practice in the city's underperforming schools; four years later, a state survey found that Quincy's students were excelling.

Of some note, Howard Johnson's and Dunkin Donuts were founded and started in Quincy, and the celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys got its start in Wollastonmarker. The Quincy Minemarker in Hancock, Michiganmarker, founded in 1846, was named after Quincy because the mine started with significant investment from Massachusetts.

Quincy is also home to the United States' longest running Flag Day Parade, a tradition that began in 1952 under Richard Koch a former director of Parks and Recreation, who started the "Koch Club" sports organization for kids and had an annual parade with flags.


Quincy and surrounding area showing elevations and features
Quincy shares borders with Bostonmarker to the north (separated by the Neponset River), Miltonmarker to the west, Randolphmarker and Braintreemarker to the south, and Weymouthmarker (separated by the Fore Rivermarker) and Hullmarker (maritime border between Quincy Baymarker and Hingham Bay) to the east. Historically, even when it was called "Mount Wollaston" and when it was the "North Precinct" of Braintree, Quincy roughly began at the Neponset River in the north and ended at the Fore River in the south.

Quincy Bay, part of Quincy to the northeast, is part of Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Baymarker. There are several beaches in Quincy, including Wollaston Beachmarker along Quincy Shore Drive. Located on the western shore of Quincy Bay, Wollaston Beach is the largest Boston Harbor beach.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of , of which are land and are water. The total area is 37.60% water.

Although Quincy is primarily urban, or fully 23 percent of its land area lies within the uninhabited Blue Hills Reservationmarker, a state park managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. This undeveloped natural area encompasses the southwestern portion of Quincy and includes the city's highest point, Chickatawbut Hill. Other hills within Quincy include Forbes Hill in Wollaston, Presidents Hill in Quincy Center and Penns Hill in South Quincy.


As of the census of 2000, there were 88,025 people, 38,883 households, and 20,530 families residing in the city, making it the ninth largest city in the state. The population density was 5,244.3 people per square mile (2,025.4/km²). There were 40,093 housing units at an average density of 2,388.7/sq mi (922.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 79.60% White, 2.21% African American, 0.16% Native American, 15.39% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.85% from other races, and 1.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.08% of the population. 33.5% were of Irish, 12.7% Italian and 5.0% English ancestry according to Census 2000. 77.1% spoke English, 8.0% Chinese or Mandarin, 2.6% Cantonese, 1.9% Spanish, 1.5% Vietnamese and 1.3% Italian as their first language.

There were 38,883 households, out of which 20.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.7% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.2% were non-families. 37.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the city the population was spread out with 17.5% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 36.1% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $47,121, and the median income for a family was $59,735. Males had a median income of $40,720 versus $34,238 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,001. About 5.2% of families and 7.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.1% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.


Map of Quincy neighborhoods
Quincy is divided into numerous neighborhoods with individual histories and characteristics.
  • Adams Shoremarker was originally developed as a summer resort location and is now a year-round residential area.
  • Germantownmarker was the site of a former planned manufacturing community begun in the 1750s to encourage German immigration and is now a residential neighborhood.
  • Hough's Neckmarker is a northeastern peninsular community named for Atherton Hough, who was granted the land in 1636 for use as a farm and orchard.
  • Marina Baymarker is a residential-commercial area developed in the 1980s on the site of the closed Naval Air Station Squantummarker with high-rise condominiums, restaurants and a large marina.
  • Merrymountmarker is a primarily residential neighborhood and the site of Quincy's initial settlement.
  • Montclairmarker is the northwestern section of the city along West Squantum Street, bordering the town of Milton.
  • North Quincymarker is a residential and commercial neighborhood along Hancock Street and Quincy Shore Drive that includes a substantial Asian population.
  • Quincy Centermarker is the commercial and government center of the city where City Hall, Thomas Crane Public Librarymarker, the Old Stone Churchmarker and numerous office buildings and residential streets can be found.
  • Quincy Pointmarker is a densely populated residential area east of Quincy Center, with commercial areas along Quincy Avenue and Southern Artery, that is also the site of the Fore River Shipyardmarker.
  • South Quincymarker is a residential area bordering the town of Braintree that includes Crown Colony office park and Faxon Park, a wooded protected space.
  • Squantummarker in the peninsular northernmost part of Quincy grew from being a summer resort adjacent to an early airfield into a year-round residential neighborhood.
  • West Quincymarker is a residential and commercial section with immediate access to Interstate 93 and the site of several former granite quarries, now the Quincy Quarries Reservationmarker, and the Granite Railwaymarker, first commercial railway in the United States.
  • Wollastonmarker, named for Captain Richard Wollaston, the leader of Quincy's original settlers, was an early rail-accessed commuter home for Boston workers that is now a densely populated residential and commercial area and site of Eastern Nazarene Collegemarker.


During its history Quincy has been known as a manufacturing and heavy industry center, with granite quarrying dominating employment in the nineteenth century and shipbuilding at Fore River Shipyard and Squantum Victory Yard rising to prominence in the twentieth century. The recent decades have seen a shift in focus to several large employers in the financial services, insurance and health care sectors of the economy. Quincy is the location of the corporate headquarters of several firms, including Boston Financial Data Services, the Stop & Shop supermarket chain, Arbella Mutual Insurance Company and The Patriot Ledger, publisher the South Shoremarker's largest regional newspaper.

Other major employers with offices in Quincy are State Street Corporation, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Boston Scientific. TACV, national flag carrier airline of Cape Verdemarker, has its United States corporate office in Quincy. The Quincy office serves residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.


Munro Hall on the Eastern Nazarene College main campus
Quincy is home to various educational institutions, public and private, including one early childhood education center, one Montessori school, three Catholic schools, one college preparatory school, one college of the liberal arts and sciences, one community college, two public high schools, five public middle schools, and 12 public elementary schools. Public education at the primary and secondary levels is managed by Quincy Public Schools. In the 19th century, the city became an innovator in progressive public education with the Quincy Method, developed by Francis W. Parker while he served as Quincy's superintendent of schools. Four years after its implementation, a state survey found that Quincy students excelled at reading, writing, and spelling, and ranked fourth in their county in math.

Early childhood education

  • Campus Kinder Haus (CKH), operated by the Eastern Nazarene College on its Old Colony campus


  • Montessori School of Quincy, for children of preschool through elementary school age


Quincy's three Catholic schools are each pre-kindergarten through grade 8:
  • Sacred Heart School
  • St. Ann School
  • St. Mary School

College preparatory

Higher education

Public high schools

Public middle schools

Public elementary schools

  • Amelio Della Chiesa
  • Atherton Hough
  • Beechwood Knoll
  • Bernazzani

  • Clifford Marshall
  • Lincoln-Hancock
  • Merrymount
  • Montclair

  • Parker
  • Snug Harbor
  • Squantum
  • Wollaston


City of Presidents banner at the Fore River Rotary
Because Quincy is part of Metro Boston, it has easy access to transportation facilities. State highways and the Interstate system connect the Greater Boston area to the airport, port, and intermodal facilities of Bostonmarker. Due to its proximity to Boston proper, Quincy is connected not only by these modes of transportation but also to the regional subway system, operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), known locally as "The T".

Highways and roads

Interstate 93 and U.S. Route 1 travel south to north concurrently through Quincy beginning in the southwest, where the Quincy–Randolph border bisects the median between the northern and southern halves of the Exit 5 cloverleaf at Massachusetts Route 28. Following a route around the southern extent of the Blue Hills Reservationmarker, this I-93 and US 1 alignment is along the former southern section of Route 128. The highway travels along a wooded wetland region of the Reservation, entering Quincy completely just beyond Exit 5 and then crossing into Braintree as it approaches the Braintree Splitmarker, the junction with Massachusetts Route 3. Weekday traffic volume averages 250,000 to 275,000 vehicles per day at this intersection, the gateway from Boston and its inner core to the South Shoremarker and Cape Codmarker.

As Route 3 joins I-93 and US 1 at the Braintree Split, the three travel north together toward Boston around the eastern extent of the Blue Hills Reservation, entering West Quincymarker as the Southeast Expressway. The expressway provides access to West Quincy at Exit 8 – Furnace Brook Parkwaymarker and Exit 9 – Bryant Avenue/Adams Street before entering Milton. The Furnace Brook Parkway exit also provides access to Ricciuti Drive and the Quincy Quarries Reservationmarker as well as the eastern entrance to the Blue Hills Reservation Parkwaysmarker.

Principal numbered state highways traveling within Quincy include: Route 3A south to north from Weymouth via Washington Street, Southern Artery, Merrymount Parkway and Hancock Street to the Neponset River Bridge and the Dorchestermarker section of Boston; Route 28, which travels south to north from Randolph to Milton along Randolph Avenue in Quincy through a remote section of the Blue Hills Reservation; and Route 53, which enters traveling south to north from Braintree as Quincy Avenue, turning right to form the beginning of Southern Artery in Quincy Pointmarker before ending at the intersection with Washington Street/Route 3A.

Quincy Center as seen from the intersection of Adams Street and Hancock Street.
In addition to the Blue Hills parkways, Quincy includes two other Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation parkways. Furnace Brook Parkwaymarker travels east from I-93 through the center of the city from West Quincy to Quincy Centermarker and Merrymountmarker at Quincy Baymarker. There the parkway meets Quincy Shore Drivemarker at the mouth of Blacks Creek. Quincy Shore Drive travels in a northerly direction along the shore of Quincy Bay through Wollastonmarker and into North Quincymarker, with much of its length abutting Wollaston Beachmarker, then turns in a westerly direction upon intersecting with East Squantum Street and continues to meet Hancock Street at the Neponset River Bridge.

As for Quincy's other important city streets, Hancock Street begins at the southern extent of Quincy Center and travels north to Dorchester as a main commercial thoroughfare of Quincy Center, Wollaston and North Quincy. Washington Street enters the city at Fore River Rotary after crossing Weymouth Fore Rivermarker and continues to Quincy Center, ending at Hancock Street. Along with Quincy Avenue and Southern Artery, other heavily traveled streets include Newport Avenue, which parallels Hancock Street to the west on the opposite side of the MBTA railway, Adams Street heading west from Quincy Center to Milton, and West and East Squantum Streets in the Montclairmarker and North Quincy neighborhoods. Other streets are discussed in several of the neighborhood articles listed above.


Boston's Logan International Airportmarker is accessible via MBTA Red Line connections at South Stationmarker, directly on the MBTA commuter boat (see below) or by motor vehicle using Interstate 93 or surface roads to the Ted Williams Tunnelmarker.

MBTA rail and other commuter services

Subway service is available on the Red Line of the MBTA from four stations in Quincy: North Quincymarker, Wollastonmarker, Quincy Centermarker, and Quincy Adamsmarker. Commuter rail service operates out of Quincy Center. Both services serve South Stationmarker in Boston with connections to MBTA Commuter Rail and Amtrak intercity lines. Buses are also available for transportation in Quincy, including private bus lines and several lines provided by the MBTA. Most of the MBTA routes funnel through the Quincy Center station, which is the principal hub south of Boston for all MBTA bus lines. The southern bus garage for the MBTA system is adjacent to the Quincy Armory on Hancock Street in Quincy Center.

Quincy is a major terminal for the commuter boat system that crosses Boston Harbor to Long Wharf, Hullmarker, Rowe's Wharfmarker, Hinghammarker, and Logan Airportmarker. The commuter boats, operated by Harbor Express under license by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, dock at the Fore River Shipyardmarker in Quincy Pointmarker.


Quincy has had brief flirtations with professional sports. The Quincy Chiefs of the minor league Eastern Basketball Association (the predecessor to the current Continental Basketball Association) played a single season in 1977-78, and was coached and managed by current Boston Celtics executive Leo Papile. The Chiefs finished 12-19 in third place, and lost in the playoffs to eventual league champion Wilkes-Barremarker. Quincy's professional baseball team, the Shipbuilders, competed in the New England League in 1933, recording a 12-6 record before moving to Nashuamarker midseason. The final season of the Boston Minutemen of the North American Soccer League was played at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Quincy, in 1976, finishing 7-17.

The Quincy Militia, a minor league football team, played its inaugural season in the Eastern Football League in 2009.

Quincy's only college sports program is the "Lions" of Eastern Nazarene Collegemarker, in the DIII Commonwealth Coast Conference of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Games are played at Bradley Field and the Lahue Physical Education Center on-campus, or at Adams and Veterans Memorial Fields in Quincy.

Quincy's high school sports programs are in the Patriot League: the DIII Fisher Division "Red Raiders" of North Quincy High Schoolmarker and the DIIA Keenan Division "Presidents" of Quincy High School, who are rivals. Quincy also hosted the youth baseball Babe Ruth League World Series in 2003, 2005 and 2008. High school baseball and Babe Ruth League games are played at Adams Field. High school football is played at Veterans Memorial Field.

Notable residents

See also


Image:John Adams birthplace, Quincy, Massachusetts.JPG|President John Adams' birthplacemarker.Image:Old House, Quincy, Massachusetts.JPG|"Peacefieldmarker", residence of four generations of the Adams family.Image:Josiah Quincy House, Quincy, Massachusetts.JPG|The Josiah Quincy Housemarker in Wollaston Parkmarker.Image:Graves of the Adams, Quincy, Massachusetts.JPG|Tombs of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams and their wives, in a family crypt beneath the United First Parish Churchmarker in Quincy Centermarker.Image:Thomas_Crane_Public_Library_Quincy_MA.jpg|Thomas Crane Public LibrarymarkerImage:Quincy_Quarries_Reservation_June_2009_3.jpg|Quincy Quarries Reservationmarker in West Quincymarker.Image:Wollastonbeachtoboston.jpg|View of Marina Bay and Bostonmarker across Quincy Bay from Wollaston Beach.Image:USS_Salem_museum.jpg| , site of the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museummarker.


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  2. Inner Core Committee members
  3. The name Quincy has subsequently been used for at least nineteen other places in the United States. Those places were either directly or indirectly named for John Quincy Adams (for example, Quincy, Illinois was named in honor of Adams while Quincy, California was named for Quincy, Illinois). The Quincy family name was , as is the name of the city of Adams' birth ( of Adams' name). However, all of the other place names are locally . Though technically incorrect, this pronunciation is also commonly used for Adams' middle name. Sources: ;
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  7. Boston Harbor Association
  8. MassGIS Protected and Recreational Open Space data, last updated 2008-07-10
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  10. Quincy Neighborhoods
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  17. " Contact." TACV Cabo Verde. Retrieved on October 23, 2009.
  18. " TACV Cabo Verde Opens Additional Sales and Ticketing Offices in U.S." Travel World News. July 16, 2009. Retrieved on October 23, 2009.
  19. Quincy Public Schools official website
  20. Eastern Nazarene College Photo Tour: Campus Kinder Haus
  21. Montessori School of Quincy website
  22. Sacred Heart School website
  23. St. Ann School website
  24. St Mary School website
  25. Woodward School website
  26. "I-93/Southeast Expressway/Route 3 (Braintree Split): Operational Assessment and Potential Improvements" Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization, March 2006, p. 3.
  27. Harbor Express website
  28. North Quincy High School Red Raiders webpage

Further reading

  • Browne, Patricia Harrigan, Quincy - A Past Carved in Stone, Images of America Series, Arcadia Publishing, July 1996, ISBN 0-7524-0299-4
  • Pattee, William S., A History of Old Braintree and Quincy: With a Sketch of Randolph and Holbrook, Green & Prescott, 1879, ISBN 978-1436733212 (at Google Books)

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