A word from the Town of Quincy

Just minutes south of Boston awaits one of New England’s most captivating destinations, the City of Quincy (“quin-zee”). Called the “City of Presidents” and “Birthplace of the American Dream”, Quincy is the birthplace of the second and sixth U.S. Presidents, John Adams and his son, John Quincy Adams. Rich in historic treasures, Quincy’s impressive past remains vibrant today as the city lays claim to an exciting future. Fascinating historic sites abound, while miles of coastline capture the imagination with their enchanting beauty. Culture and commerce blend to create an impressive array of things to see and do year round.  Why do we pronounce Quincy ‘Quin-zee’ when just about everyone else in the country refers to it as ‘Quin-see’? There are 19 other Quincys in the U.S. but they pronounce it ‘Quin-see’. Can they be right and we be wrong?  Not according to Quincy’s late city historian, William C. Edwards who never budged an inch whenever the argument ever came up. And it still comes up. The reason we pronounce it ‘Quin-zee’ is very simple.  The original Quincy family which settled here at Mount Wollaston pronounced it ‘Quin-zee’, including Col. John Quincy after whom Quincy, Mass. – the first Quincy – was named in 1792. Colonel Quincy was the great grandfather of sixth President John Quincy Adams.  Apparently, all 19 other Quincys in the U.S. were named after John Quincy Adams. And, apparently the early settlers of those communities thought John Quincy pronounced it John ‘Quin-see’. Anyway, that is how Edwards explained it. Seems like a sound argument.  Reprint from the Quincy Sun, ‘Historic Quincy’ Supplement, June 27, 1996

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/km�). There were 40,093 housing units at an average density of 2,388.7/sq mi (922.5/km�). 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.

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 Boston. Due to its proximity to Boston proper, Quincy is connected not only by these modes of transportation but Boston’s subway system, the T. 
Subway service is available on the Red Line of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) from 4 separate T stations: North Quincy, Wollaston, Quincy Center, and Quincy Adams.  Buses are also available for transportation in Quincy, including the following bus lines provided by the MBTA: 201, 202, 210, 211, 212, 214, 215, 216, 217, 220, 221, 222, 225, 230, 236, 238, 245. Most of the routes funnel through the Quincy Center T station, which is the principal hub south of Boston for all MBTA buslines; the southern bus garage for the MBTA system is adjacent to the Quincy Armory on Hancock Street.  Major highways Principal highways are State Routes 3, 3A, 28, 37, and 53, in addition to Interstate 93.  Boston’s Logan International Airport is accessible via MBTA Red Line connections at South Station, directly on the MBTA commuter boat  or by motor vehicle using Interstate 93 or surface roads to the Ted Williams Tunnel.  Quincy is a major terminal for the commuter boat system that crosses Boston Harbor to Long Wharf, Hull, Rowe’s Wharf, Hingham, and Logan Airport. The commuter boats, operated by Harbor Express under license by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, dock at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy Poi

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.