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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population10,845
Male Share of the Population49.8%
Female Share of the Population50.2%
Senior Citizens17.6%
Employed Population 16+5,102
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married63.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher59.9%
Median Earnings25+$63,726
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,759

Wealth

Median Family Income$126,016
% Above Poverty Level96.5%
% Below Poverty Level3.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time37 minutes
% Working from Home7.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work1%
% Using Public Transportation8.5%

Housing

People Living Alone15.7%
Median Gross Rent$873
Median House Value$559,300

Ancestry

Irish42.1%
Italian20.8%
English16%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)7%
German6%
French Except Basque3.9%
Polish3.3%
Canadian3.1%
Scottish2.9%
Swedish2%
Dutch1.7%
Norwegian1.5%
Greek1.4%
Lithuanian1.3%
Portuguese0.9%
US/American0.8%
Arab0.7%
Russian0.6%
Albanian0.6%
Finnish0.4%
Czech0.4%
Lebanese0.4%
Slovak0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Egyptian0.3%
Iranian0.3%
Austrian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Bermudan0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Cape Verdean0.1%
Belgian0.1%
African0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
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Norwell Almanac

CategoryValue
County Plymouth County
Standard Zip Codes2061
Phone Area Codes339,781
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.16
Approximate Longitude-70.78

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)

StationHINGHAM
Distance8 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
StationPLYMOUTH-KINGSTON
Distance13.3 miles
Jan Temp20 to 38 F
Apr Temp37 to 56 F
Jul Temp63 to 82 F
Oct Temp44 to 63 F
Annual Precip51 inches
StationWALPOLE 2
Distance23.4 miles
Jan Temp18 to 36 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip46.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cohasset8,316$151,528
Hanover14,332$122,620
Marshfield4,663$111,912
Pembroke18,166$106,763
Rockland17,725$84,090
Scituate5,471$141,314

Norwell Public Libraries

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

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Norwell Public Schools

William G Vinal
102 Old Oaken Bucket Road
ZIP: 2061
(781) 659-8820
Primary
Total Enrollment 538
Norwell Middle School
328 Main Street
ZIP: 2061
(781) 659-8814
Middle
Total Enrollment 583
Grace Farrar Cole
81 High Street
ZIP: 2061
(781) 659-8823
Primary
Total Enrollment 465
Norwell High
18 South Street
ZIP: 2061
(781) 659-8810
High
Total Enrollment 675
South Shore Charter Public School
100 Longwater Circle
ZIP: 2061
(781) 982-4202
Other
Total Enrollment 587

Norwell Private Schools

The Ridge Hill School
102 High St
ZIP: 2061
Elementary
Total Enrollment 14
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