About Our Town
Kingston lies in the heart of the Old Colony Region between Boston and Cape Cod. The major highways are State Route 3 and Interstate 495 which give access to the Greater Boston Region.
Located in Southeastern Massachusetts, bordered by Plympton on the west, Carver on the southwest, Plymouth on the southeast, Pembroke and Duxbury on the northwest and north, and Plymouth Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean on the east. Kingston is 4 miles north of Plymouth, 20 miles southeast of Brockton, and 33 miles southeast of Boston.
The Town of Kingston, was established in 1726 and has an open town meeting form of government. It is principally a residential community with a small number of professional fishermen and cranberry growers. A large proportion of the residents are commuters, many of whom are pleased to see the restoration of the Old Colony rail service to Boston.
Early industries in the town were iron casting, forging, ship building and woolen mills. Today, much of the town’s commerce centers around retail business including the Independence Mall with its more than 100 stores located off Route 3.
Total Area: 20.39 sq. miles
Land Area: 18.53 sq. miles
Population: 12,484 (approx. 2009)
Density: 488 per sq. mile
Normal temperature in January….26.5°F
Normal temperature in July……..71.0°F
Normal annual precipitation…….48.8″
The town’s early history as a part of the Plymouth Colony settled by the Pilgrims has spawned an active historical society that maintains the Major John Bradford House for public viewing and for summer brunches on its lawn. Public lands owned by the town on Kingston Bay and on Great Pond afford recreational opportunities, while summer programs for children are provided by the town’s Recreation Commission.