About Hingham

The Town of Hingham covers an area of 22.5 square miles and is approximately 15 miles south of Boston. The town's history is reflected in its many immaculately kept antique houses, including the "Old Ordinary" on Lincoln Street, which now houses the Hingham Historical Society Museum. Derby Academy, founded in 1784, is the oldest co-educational school in the country and Hingham's First Parish Old Ship Church is the oldest wooden structure in the country in continuous use as a place of worship. Hingham has created 6 historic districts which will help the town maintain its unique character in the future.

Hingham is proud of its location on the water, including 21 miles of shoreline and construction of a new harbor park further expands the public use of Hingham Harbor. The acquisition of the South Shore Country Club by the municipality provides additional recreation opportunities for residents while preserving the suburban character of this historic seaside community. Recreational areas include Bare Cove Park which has biking and walking trails around its 500 acres along Back River, World's End which is a 250 acre peninsula overlooking Hingham Harbor with breathtaking views of Boston, and Wompatuck State park which includes 3,000 acres of woodland are and the largest public campground in the metropolitan Boston area.
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Tree City USA

For the 29th time, Hingham has been named "Tree City USA" by the National Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of the town's commitment to tree care and planting in 2016.

Town Information

  • Hingham resides in Plymouth County.
  • Sister City and origin of many of Hingham, Massachusetts' first settlers: Hingham, Norfolk, England
  • Year Incorporated: 1635
  • Total Area: 25.04 square miles
  • Land Area: 22.59 square miles
  • Population: 22,394 (2010)
  • Density: 910 per square mile


Hingham is located in eastern Massachusetts, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Hull on the north, Cohasset and Scituate on the east, Norwell and Rockland on the south, and Weymouth on the west. Hingham is 15 miles southeast of Boston; 16 miles northeast of Brockton; 30 miles north of Plymouth; 42 miles from Providence, Rhode Island; and 218 miles from New York City.


  • Normal temperature in January: 27.4°F
  • Normal temperature in July: 71.5°F
  • Normal annual precipitation: 47.7"

Form of Government

  • Board of Selectmen
  • Town Administrator
  • Open Town Meeting (4th Monday in April)
  • Annual Town Election (1st Saturday after annual Town Meeting)

Regional Planning Agency


U.S. Postal Service

  • Main Office:
    121 North Street
    Hingham, MA 02043
  • Accord Station:
    28 Whiting Street
    Hingham, MA 02043