As you could expect from a place as large and as populous as Quincy, different areas of the suburb have a different atmosphere and feel to them. Some of the neighborhoods feature expensive living and apartments with water views of the Quincy Bay, while others are more affordable. Some neighborhoods feature a lot of green space and access to parks, while others are lined with building after building. All in all, the atmosphere has a more “small town” vibe than Boston, but still varies throughout.
Another thing that varies is the architecture in the city. Being as the suburb has been around for centuries, there are plenty of older and traditional buildings, but recent development has also led to a number of modern apartment and condo complexes to choose from. No matter what type of building you prefer to live in, there is a good chance your tastes can be satisfied in Quincy.
The demographics of the city also vary quite a bit. While most of Massachusetts is largely white, there are many different races present in this suburb. Quincy actually has one of the highest populations of Asians throughout Massachusetts. In fact, around 27% of the population of Quincy is Asian, compared to well under 10% throughout the rest of the state.
As with most of the suburbs and neighborhoods surrounding Boston, there is quite a bit of history in Quincy. Quincy was originally settled way back in 1625 and was part of Dorchester and Boston. After centuries of being a part of Boston, Quincy officially became a city/suburb of it’s own in 1888.
Quincy had a thriving granite industry for over a century and Quincy was actually home to the first commercial railroad in the country. As a whole, Quincy has a history of being a manufacturing center. However, over the past few decades, large employers in financial services, healthcare and more have opened up large operations in the city. In addition to that, two Presidents were actually born in this suburb and it is the birthplace of Dunkin’ Donuts.
The cost of living in this neighborhood is decently less expensive than Boston, which is to be expected. However, the fact that it is still a major suburb for the city, it is still one of the more expensive places in Massachusetts when it comes to the cost of living. The rent in Quincy can vary depending on where you decide to live, but the average rent in the city is $1875, which is a quite a bit more affordable than the $2,500 average in Boston Metro.
Being as it’s a suburb of Boston and a fair bit south of it, getting around in Quincy is fairly easy. Whether you want to drive, take public transit, walk or bike, there are plenty of different options. However, the two most common ways of getting around and commuting to work are driving and taking public transit.
There are ample parking spots and main roads to drive in Quincy, which is likely why well over half of the citizens drive to work. However, if public transit is more your style or you don’t own a car, you can easily travel throughout Boston through the MBTA subway and bus system. There are numerous pick up and drop off spots throughout Quincy, so you will never be too far away from public transportation.
- Eastern Nazarene College
- University of Phoenix – Boston Campus
- Mansfield Beauty School
- Massachusetts School of Barbering
- Quincy College
- Laboure College
- UMass Boston School for the Environment
- Merrymount Park is the largest park in all of Quincy and is visited by thousands every single year. There are a number of sports fields at the park, as well as ample green space to relax and spend time with loved ones.
- Adams National Historic Park is a historic site that preserves the home of former President and Quincy native, John Adams. The site tells the story of the Adams family, which was full of interesting individuals. If you want to learn a bit of history about the most famous family in Quincy’s history, this is the place to do it.
- Quincy Quarries used to be the place where granite was produced for over a century in Quincy. However, with the granite industry no longer in Quincy, the quarries have turned into a public recreation site. It is a popular place for rock climbers, graffiti artists and other individuals to hang out at.
- Spectacle Island is a 105 acre island in the Boston Harbor that has had many uses throughout its history. Today, it is a public park with a café, a beach, walking trails and more. Definitely a place to check out if you are looking to get away from city life for a while.
- The U.S Naval Shipbuilding Museum is a non-profit museum in Quincy that is aboard the USS-Salem. There are a number of exhibits on the Salem that touch on US Naval history and shipbuilding as a whole.