Introduction to Scituate, Massachusetts

Scituate, Massachusetts, in Plymouth county, is 11 miles E of Weymouth, Massachusetts and 20 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is part of the Boston metropolitan statistical area. About 17,863 people live in Scituate.

Scituate History

The earliest settlers arrived in this area from Plymouth in 1627. In the initial days, the General Court at Plymouth governed this area until the town was incorporated in 1636 as a separate entity. The name of the town is based on an Indian word ’satuit" which means cold brook. Fishing and sea mossing were the major industries in the earlier times.

Scituate and nearby Attractions

  • Scituate Lighthouse
  • The Lawson Tower
  • Maritime and Irish Mossing Museum
  • Mann Farmhouse and Museum
  • Kathleen Laidlaw Historical Center
  • The Old Oaken Bucket Homestead and Well

Things To Do In Scituate

As Scituate is a coastal town, ocean related activities are quite popular here. One can go swimming fishing and sailing and lazing around on the beach is also a popular activity. There are many spots of historical interest. The month of August has the townspeople celebrating the founding of Scituate with a festival known as "Heritage Day."

Scituate Transportation

Air transportation is provided by Boston Logan International Airport.

Scituate Higher Education

Quincy College offers opportunities for higher education.


Total Population 5,623
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 17.4%
Employed Population 16+ 2,766
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 53.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 54.2%
Median Earnings25+ $60,278
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $40,709


Median Family Income $127,841
% Above Poverty Level 96.3%
% Below Poverty Level 3.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 39 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 9.6%


People Living Alone 30.7%
Median Gross Rent $904
Median House Value $472,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.4%
US/American 0%
English 15%
Irish 46%

Scituate Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles E of Weymouth, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 20 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Plymouth
Standard Zip Codes 02066
P.O. Box Zip Codes 02040, 02055, 02060
Phone Area Codes 781
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.195
Longitude -70.726

Scituate Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 10.1 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 81 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches
Distance 20 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 34 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 81 F
Oct Temp 43 to 60 F
Annual Precip 51.1 inches
Distance 22.2 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 63 to 82 F
Oct Temp 45 to 62 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Scituate, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Greenbush (02040)

Minot (02055)

Scituate Center (02066)

Scituate Harbor (02066)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cohasset 8,100 $146,057
Hanover 14,120 $120,398
Hingham 5,199 $142,941
Marshfield 4,227 $108,598
Norwell 10,651 $123,783
Pembroke 18,006 $104,977

Scituate Public Libraries

Scituate Town Library
Scituate, Massachusetts
(781) 545-8727
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