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Overview

Introduction to Cohasset, Massachusetts

Cohasset, Massachusetts, in Norfolk county, is 7 miles E of Weymouth, Massachusetts (center to center) and 15 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts.

Cohasset History

Captain John Smith first saw the area now known as the town of Cohasset in 1614, when he was exploring the coast of New England. It was first settled in 1670 as a part of Hingham and was called Hingham's Second Parish. The town, which was incorporated as Cohasset in 1770, derived its named from an Algonquian term "Conahasset," which means "long rocky place." It became a part of Norfolk County in 1793.

Cohasset and Nearby Attractions

  • Maritime Museum
  • Black Rock Beach
  • Whitney Woods Reservation
  • Wompatuck State Park
  • Caleb Lothrop House

Things To Do In Cohasset

Cohasset has several beaches which include the Black Rock Beach, Pleasant Beach, and Sandy Beach. The Cohasset Historical Society Museum, the Maritime Museum, the Caleb Lothrop House, and the Captain John Wilson Historic House provide information and artifacts of the area's history. Golfers may enjoy a game at the Cohasset Golf Club. Local shopping destinations include the Tedeschi Shopping Center, the Cushing Plaza Shopping Center, and the Cohasset Plaza Shopping Center. The town organizes the Arts Festival every year in June.

Cohasset Transportation

General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport is nearby.

Cohasset Higher Education

The colleges closest to Cohasset include Quincy College, University of Massachusetts - Boston, and Massasoit Community College.

People

Total Population 8,281
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 14.7%
Employed Population 16+ 3,828
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 64.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 67.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $146,701
% Above Poverty Level 94.9%
% Below Poverty Level 5.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 35 minutes
% Working from Home 6.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 16.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 22.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,205
Median House Value $808,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.9%
US/American 0.4%
English 15.8%
Irish 39%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Cohasset Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles E of Weymouth, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 15 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Norfolk
Standard Zip Codes 02025
Phone Area Codes 781
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.241
Longitude -70.804

Cohasset Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station HINGHAM
Distance 5.8 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
Station BLUE HILL OBS MILTON
Distance 16.1 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
Station BROCKTON
Distance 16.6 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hingham 5,416 $161,715
Hull 10,403 $91,315
Norwell 10,740 $121,081
Rockland 17,663 $78,243
Scituate 5,355 $131,597

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Cohasset Public Libraries

Library
Paul Pratt Memorial Library
106 SOUTH MAIN STREET
Cohasset, Massachusetts
(781) 383-1348
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Cohasset High Schools

COHASSET MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL
143 POND STREET
781-383-6100
Serves 595 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.1

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Historic Cohasset

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Minot's Ledge Light house 1906 (est.)

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Minot's Ledge Light house 1906 (est.)

Minot's Ledge Lighthouse between 1880 and 1899

Minot's Ledge Lighthouse between 1880 and 1899

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