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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population8,316
Male Share of the Population49.2%
Female Share of the Population50.8%
Senior Citizens15.4%
Employed Population 16+3,723
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married67.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher70.5%
Median Earnings25+$71,286
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$36,458
Median Earnings With High School Degree$45,391

Wealth

Median Family Income$151,528
% Above Poverty Level95.3%
% Below Poverty Level4.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time36 minutes
% Working from Home6.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.4%
% Using Public Transportation18.6%

Housing

People Living Alone20%
Median Gross Rent$1,470
Median House Value$847,100

Ancestry

Irish41.7%
English14%
German13.7%
Italian8.7%
Scottish6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)5.6%
French Except Basque3.8%
Swedish3.8%
Canadian3.4%
Polish3%
Dutch1.8%
Hungarian1.6%
Lithuanian1.4%
Russian1.1%
Welsh0.8%
Portuguese0.8%
US/American0.7%
Finnish0.7%
Greek0.6%
Norwegian0.5%
Austrian0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Arab0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Iranian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
African0.1%
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Cohasset Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Medium City 7 miles E of Weymouth, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City15 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Norfolk County
Standard Zip Codes2025
Phone Area Codes339,781
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude42.241
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)

StationHINGHAM
Distance5.8 miles
Jan Temp20 to 37 F
Apr Temp38 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 81 F
Oct Temp42 to 62 F
Annual Precip49.8 inches
StationBLUE HILL OBS MILTON
Distance16.1 miles
Jan Temp18 to 34 F
Apr Temp37 to 56 F
Jul Temp62 to 81 F
Oct Temp43 to 60 F
Annual Precip51.1 inches
StationBROCKTON
Distance16.6 miles
Jan Temp18 to 38 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp61 to 83 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip48.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Hingham5,777$158,125
Hull10,437$95,975
Norwell10,845$126,016
Rockland17,725$84,090
Scituate5,471$141,314

Cohasset Public Libraries

Paul Pratt Memorial Library
35 RIPLEY RD.
Cohasset, Massachusetts
(781) 383-1348

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Cohasset Public Schools

Joseph Osgood
210 Sohier Rd
(781) 383-6117
Primary
Total Enrollment 405
Cohasset Middle/high School
143 Pond St
(781) 383-6100
Other
Total Enrollment 711
Deer Hill
208 Sohier Rd
(781) 383-6115
Primary
Total Enrollment 414
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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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