Just ten miles south of Boston is the appealing suburb of Quincy, boasting many attractive residential areas. Some of these neighborhoods are ideally situated to take advantage of the views and recreational opportunities afforded by 27 miles of picturesque shoreline. Quincy is the leading city of the South Shore area, and also known as the City of Presidents. The second and sixth U.S. presidents, John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams, were both born here. The two birthplace homes are the oldest presidential birthplaces in the nation. Although Quincy is popular with commuters because of its convenient Red Line subway connection to Boston, this thriving community offers residents a significant amount of commercial development. Quincy is one suburb where employment opportunities can be found close to home. The area is also known for its excellent schools and efficient social services.
Quincy is divided into numerous neighborhoods with individual histories and characteristics.
Adams Shore was originally developed as a summer resort location and is now a year-round residential area.
Germantown was the site of a former planned manufacturing community begun in the 1750s to encourage German immigration and is now a residential neighborhood.
Houghs Neck is a northeastern peninsular community named for Atherton Hough, who was granted the land in 1636 for use as a farm and orchard. Hough's Neck has a substantial Irish American population.
Marina Bay is a residential-commercial area developed in the 1980s on the site of the closed Naval Air Station Squantum with high-rise condominiums, restaurants and a large marina.
Merrymount is a primarily residential neighborhood and the site of Quincy's initial settlement.
Montclair is the northwestern section of the city along West Squantum Street, bordering the town of Milton.
North Quincy is a residential and commercial neighborhood along Hancock Street and Quincy Shore Drive that includes a substantial Asian American population with substantial Asian business growth.
Quincy Center is the commercial and government center of the city where City Hall, Thomas Crane Public Library, the United First Parish Church (Old Stone Church), Quincy Masonic Building, and numerous office buildings and residential streets can be found.
Quincy Point is a densely populated residential area east of Quincy Center, with commercial areas along Quincy Avenue and Southern Artery, that is also the site of the Fore River Shipyard.
South Quincy is a residential area bordering the town of Braintree that includes Crown Colony office park and Faxon Park, a wooded 66-acre (0.27 km2) protected space.
Squantum is the peninsular northernmost part of Quincy grew from being a summer resort adjacent to an early civilian, then Naval Air Station Squantum, into a year-round residential neighborhood. Squantum boasts one of the largest Irish American populations, per capita, in the United States.
West Quincy is a residential and commercial section with immediate access to Interstate 93 and the site of several former granite quarries, now the Quincy Quarries Reservation, and the Granite Railway, first commercial railway in the United States.
Wollaston, named for Captain Richard Wollaston, the leader of Quincy's original settlers, was an early rail-accessed commuter home for Boston workers that is now a densely populated residential and commercial area and site of Eastern Nazarene College.
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