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Overview

Introduction to Norwell, Massachusetts

Norwell, Massachusetts, in Plymouth county, is 8 miles SE of Weymouth, Massachusetts (center to center) and 19 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts.

Norwell History

The town of Norwell was settled in 1634, and established in 1849, when it became known as South Scituate. The name was changed to Norwell in 1888. It was named in honor of Henry Norwell, who funded the maintenance of the town roads. Early settlers were attracted to the land for agricultural reasons, but shipbuilding became a major industry later on. Norwell is located in Plymouth County, which was created in 1685.

Norwell and Nearby Attractions

  • Jacobs Farm Museum
  • Salt Marsh Conservation Area
  • Southshore Natural Science Center
  • Humarock Beach
  • Museum of Afro American History
  • Wompatuck State Park

Things To Do In Norwell

Norwell is home to many parks and open spaces such as the Fogg Park, the Gaffield Park, the Albert Norris Conservation Area, the Salt Marsh Conservation Area, and Garfield Park. The Jacobs Farm Museum has a collection of artifacts relating to the history of the region. The Humarock Beach is also located nearby. Other places often visited include the Old Bridgewater Historical Society Museum, Shirley-Eustis House, Boston Historical Society and Museum, Museum of Transportation, and USS Constitution Museum. The Myles Standish Monument State Reservation, Boston Harbor Islands National Park, and Wompatuck State Park are also not far from Norwell.

Norwell Transportation

General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport is nearby.

Norwell Higher Education

Massasoit Community College, Bridgewater State College, and Quincy College are colleges nearby.

People

Total Population 10,740
Male Share of the Population 51.5%
Female Share of the Population 48.5%
Senior Citizens 16.9%
Employed Population 16+ 4,926
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 64.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 58.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $121,081
% Above Poverty Level 96.8%
% Below Poverty Level 3.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 39 minutes
% Working from Home 5.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 9.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 15.1%
Median Gross Rent $0
Median House Value $555,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.1%
US/American 0.5%
English 18.2%
Irish 42.3%

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

Norwell Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles SE of Weymouth, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 19 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Plymouth
Standard Zip Codes 02061
P.O. Box Zip Codes 02018
Phone Area Codes 781
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.161
Longitude -70.794

Norwell 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 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 PLYMOUTH-KINGSTON
Distance 13.3 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 82 F
Oct Temp 44 to 63 F
Annual Precip 51 inches
Station WALPOLE 2
Distance 23.4 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Accord (02018)

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 8,281 $146,701
Hanover 14,226 $123,026
Marshfield 4,362 $109,718
Pembroke 18,081 $105,128
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/.

Norwell Public Libraries

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Norwell Public Library
64 SOUTH ST.
Norwell, Massachusetts
(781) 659-2015

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Norwell High Schools

NORWELL HIGH
18 SOUTH STREET
781-659-8810
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 563 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.6

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