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Looking for a Place to Call Home? Discover Quincy, Massachusetts

Nestled in eastern Massachusetts and just seven miles south of Boston, Quincy is a flourishing city known for its historical treasures.

By Livability on September 29, 2022

Exterior of the home at Adams National Park in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Courtesy of the City of Quincy

The City of Presidents and Generals

Quincy, a gem of the Commonwealth, is steeped in history, chock-full of interesting amenities and full of recreation opportunities, not to mention its convenient location just south of Boston.

Founded in 1792, when it split from the town of Braintree, Quincy was named after Col. John Quincy, the grandfather of Abigail Adams and great-grandfather of former president John Quincy Adams. The city has seen a wealth of changes, though its past continues to influence much of its current landscape. 

“Just minutes from downtown Boston via the MBTA, boat or car, the City of Quincy is truly the birthplace of our great American story,” says Mayor Thomas P. Koch. “Founding fathers John and John Quincy Adams, John Hancock and many others called Quincy home, and they shaped their ideas – ideas that would eventually change the world – right here.”

John Adams statue during the fall in Quincy, Massachusetts.

You can learn more about those important historical figures on the President’s Trail,  an urban path that connects historic structures, like Quincy’s old town hall, the birthplaces of John Adams and John Quincy Adams, and Hancock Cemetery, which was the first resting place of John Adams, Abigail Adams and John Quincy Adams. In fact, Quincy is home to the Adams National Historic Park.

Sunny day at Generals Park in Quincy, Massachusetts
Courtesy of the City of Quincy

It’s also home to the Generals Bridge and Park, which Mayor Koch dedicated in 2021, to honor the contributions of 18 military leaders, all of whom were raised in Quincy.

While these landmarks draw visitors from all over, this city of more than 101,600 residents also boasts a friendly, diverse community, a growing arts scene, delicious American and international cuisine, a collection of must-try bars and pubs, and miles and miles of beautiful coastline. Its main commercial districts include Crown Colony, 3 Batterymarch Park, Quincy Center, North Quincy and Marina Bay. 

The city is planning a revitalization of Quincy Center, which is located along Hancock Street, and those plans are now coming to fruition. The space features approximately 1,000 recently added apartments and condos, and more developments are on the way. 

“With 27 miles of coastline and beaches, acres of beautiful parks, the most interesting and diverse dining  scene outside of Boston, rock climbing and hiking at the  Blue Hills Reservation, world-class golf courses and so much more; there’s much to love when you Discover Quincy,”  Mayor Koch adds.

Sailboats along the water at Wollaston Beach in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Courtesy of the City of Quincy

A Place To Call Home 

 For those looking to put down roots in the community, Quincy offers a variety of options, from downtown apartments and cute townhouses to modest two-stories and luxury homes. Plus, visitors love staying in the area’s beautiful hotels.  

Other noteworthy amenities include the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum and the city’s collection of parks, golf courses, shops and community events, such as Quincy’s Food Truck & Music Festival and the  Annual ArtsFest.  

A band plays for a crowd at Foodtruck Fest in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Courtesy of the City of Quincy

And thanks to its prime location, Quincy is just a quick train ride from Boston, Somerville and Cambridge, which provides residents and visitors a whole new selection of entertainment options.  

According to Dagny Ashley, director of tourism for the  City of Quincy, the Discover Quincy app and the Discover Quincy Visitors Guide make it easy to plan a trip to this northeastern city.  

“Visitors can also stop by our new City of Quincy Welcome Center, which includes friendly visitor service ambassadors, guides and brochures, digital boards with touchscreens and walking tours, providing an interactive visitor information experience,” Ashley concludes.

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