Profile for Rockport, Massachusetts, MA
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Rockport is a town in Essex County, in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy metro area.
The latitude of Rockport is 42.655N. The longitude is -70.62W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 131 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 7,767.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Rockport demographic reports
Rockport is on the Atlantic Ocean, at the end of Cape Ann.
Rockport was once a shipping center for granite from nearby quarries.
Local resident Ellis Stenman built a house and furniture made of newspapers - about 100,000 copies.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 0.1 per 1,000 people.
Katherine Anne Porter finished her novel, "Ship of Fools," while staying here at the Yankee Clipper Inn.
Well-known residents have included:
· Paula Cole, singer
· Andrew Stanton, movie director and producer
Local festivals include:
- Harvest Festival - Oct. 13-14, 2007
Dates often change. Check Rockport web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation:
Halibut Point State Park, The Headlands
Historic sites and museums: Babson Museum, Sandy Bay Historical Society & Museums
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Modern Rockport is an artist's paradise, with neat wooden houses crowding close around the harbor, still looking seaward and away from the bleak and boulder-strewn moorlands of the interior Cape.
-- WPA Guide to Massachusetts, 1937
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Ancestry & family history
6% of Rockport residents report German ancestry, and 18% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Rockport ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Rockport was $29,294, compared with $21,587 nationally.
44% of Rockport residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Rockport festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Harvest Festival - Oct. 13-14, 2007
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Rockport, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $626. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,552.
Libraries in Rockport include Rockport Public Library ... View libraries
The average commute time for Rockport workers is 30 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
Hotels in Rockport include Emerson Inn by the Sea.
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“ Modern Rockport is an artist's paradise, with neat wooden houses crowding close around the harbor, still looking seaward and away from the bleak and boulder-strewn moorlands of the interior Cape. ”
~ WPA Guide to Massachusetts, 1937
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