Introduction to Scituate, Rhode Island

Scituate, Rhode Island, in Providence county, is 10 miles W of Cranston, Rhode Island (center to center) and 48 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts.The town, which is part of the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan statistical area (MSA), has about 10,324 residents.

Scituate History

The area now known as the Town of Scituate was originally settled in 1710. Immigrants from Scituate, Massachusetts were the early settlers. The town was named from a native Indian term meaning "cold river" or "cold brook". It was incorporated in 1731, and Stephen Hopkins, who later became Governor of Rhode Island, was the first Town Moderator.

Scituate and Nearby Attractions

  • Smith-Appleby House Museum
  • State of Rhode Island Fort Adams State Park
  • Hopeville Pond State Park
  • Fall River Carousel
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

Things To Do In Scituate

There are many museums near Scituate including Herreshoff Marine Museum, Smith Castle, New England Center for Contemporary Art, and Providence Children's Museum. The town also offers scenic walking trails through wooded areas. Golfers may enjoy a game at the Widow's Walk Golf Course. Hiking, camping, swimming, fishing, and boating may be enjoyed at Douglas State Forest, Haines Memorial State Park, Quaddick State Park, and Lincoln Woods State Park. The town also organizes many special events every year such as the Scituate Art Festival.

Scituate Transportation

Air transportation is available from Theodore Francis Green State Airport.

Scituate Higher Education

Bryant College, New England Institute of Technology, and Community College of Rhode Island are some of the nearby colleges.


Total Population 10,414
Male Share of the Population 50.6%
Female Share of the Population 49.4%
Senior Citizens 16.7%
Employed Population 16+ 5,703
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 59.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.1%
Median Earnings25+ $48,736
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $38,750
Median Earnings With High School Degree $38,806


Median Family Income $99,559
% Above Poverty Level 93.9%
% Below Poverty Level 6.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%


People Living Alone 25.5%
Median Gross Rent $873
Median House Value $297,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.3%
US/American 0%
English 18.1%
Irish 29.2%

Scituate Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles W of Cranston, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 48 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Providence
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02815, 02857
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.81
Longitude -71.64

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 5.5 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 53.1 inches
Distance 16.5 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 35 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51.2 inches
Distance 24.8 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 38 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Clayville (02815)

Hope (02831)

North Scituate (02857)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Coventry 34,992 $83,873
Foster 4,642 $85,954
Glocester 9,844 $90,177
Johnston 28,987 $81,250
Smithfield 21,478 $86,485
West Warwick 28,960 $64,632

Scituate Public Libraries

Hope Library
Scituate, Rhode Island
(411) 821-7910
North Scituate Public Library
Scituate, Rhode Island
(401) 647-5133

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