Quincy is part of Metropolitan Boston and one of Boston’s immediate southern suburbs. Know as the “City of Presidents,” it is the birthplace of 2 U.S. presidents—John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams, as well as John Hancock. First settled in 1625, Quincy split off from Braintree in 1792. For more than a century, Quincy was home to a thriving granite industry; the city was also the site of the Granite Railway, the first commercial railroad in the U.S. Another key part of the economy was shipbuilding at the Fore River Shipyard which rose to prominence in the 20th century. Both Howard Johnson and Dunkin’ Donuts were founded in Quincy. Recent decades have seen a shift in focus to large employers in the financial, insurance and health care sectors. Quincy shares borders with Boston, Milton, Randolph, Braintree and Weymouth. Quincy Bay is part of Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay. There are several beaches in Quincy, of which Wollaston Beach is the largest Boston Harbor beach. The city is also divided into numerous neighborhoods, each with individual histories and characteristics. In addition to the many public and private educational institutions, there is also higher education at various colleges in Quincy and the Thomas Crane Public Library services all of Quincy. For transportation needs, there is access to public transportation (the subway line and buses) as well as both state and interstate highways. Blue Hills Reservation and Quincy Quarries Reservation are 2 year-round public parks with a multitude of available outdoor activities.
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