Rockport – It is the eastern tip of Cape Ann, and with less than 10,000 residents, you might be tempted to overlook Rockport. But, it is very strategic as a northern suburb and bedroom community for the city of Gloucester just 20 miles to the south. Cape Ann is fishing territory, where in past 400 years, more than 10,000 men have lost their lives to the sea. Yet, with a decline in the fishing industry in recent decades, it now a vacation spot where the gap between the working poor and the rich is wide. This is no more evident than in Rockport, where leisure boating, art and tourism are on the rise.

Ministry Match

Rockport looks a lot like a rich, retirement community. And in many ways it is. But it is also a place where locals run the shops and the marinas, and in some cases, where the working-class poor are relied upon to staff the hospitality industry. The church planter for this area would be well-versed in New England tradition, and be able to speak the language of retirees and tourism.  This planter would have to have a make up for a slower pace and a remote type of suburbia. And don’t forget fishing and boating, and the influence of nearby Gloucester.

Census Highlights
  • Population – 7,631
  • Household mean income – $78,438
  • Median age – 51.0
  • College degree – 44.4 percent
  • White – 98.6 percent
  • SBC churches – 0
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  • Community Facts – Use this US Census search to find a number of different demographic reports that should be very useful.
PreceptGroup Reports

First View 2010 for Zip 01966 – Church-specific research from PreceptGroup reflecting People and PlaceFaces of DiversityCommunity Issues, and Faith Preferences.

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