Area: 8.3 sq miles (21.5 km²)
Population: 18,303 (2000)
The Blue Line of the MBTA subway system crosses near the town, with stops at Orient Heights Station, Suffolk Downs Station, and Beachmont Station, all of which are just a half mile from the city limits. A water transportation dock is located at the public landing and provides seasonal ferry service across Boston Harbor.
The town is named after John Winthrop (1587-1649), second governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and an English Puritan leader. Settled in 1630, Winthrop is one of the oldest communities in the United States. It is also one of the smallest and most densely populated municipalities in Massachusetts.
Winthrop has numerous beaches the two major beaches are, Winthrop Beach and Yirrell Beach. Winthrop is home to two historic military forts, Fort Banks and Fort HeathAmong numerous baseball fields and recreational parks, Winthrop's recreational facilities include Larsen Rink, an indoor ice skating rink, and Winthrop Golf Course, a private 9-hole, par 35 golf course.
Steven Van Zandt - musician for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
Benjamin Lee Whorf - notable linguist.
Art Ditmar- former Major League Baseball player.
Robert DeLeo - politician and Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.