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Overview

Introduction to Scituate, Massachusetts

Scituate, Massachusetts, in Plymouth county, is 11 miles E of Weymouth, Massachusetts and 20 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is part of the Boston metropolitan statistical area.

Scituate History

The earliest settlers arrived in this area from Plymouth in 1627. In the initial days, the General Court at Plymouth governed this area until the town was incorporated in 1636 as a separate entity. The name of the town is based on an Indian word "satuit" which means cold brook. Fishing and sea mossing were the major industries in the earlier times.

Scituate and nearby Attractions

  • Scituate Lighthouse
  • The Lawson Tower
  • Maritime and Irish Mossing Museum
  • Mann Farmhouse and Museum
  • Kathleen Laidlaw Historical Center
  • The Old Oaken Bucket Homestead and Well

Things To Do In Scituate

As Scituate is a coastal town, ocean related activities are quite popular here. One can go swimming fishing and sailing and lazing around on the beach is also a popular activity. There are many spots of historical interest. The month of August has the townspeople celebrating the founding of Scituate with a festival known as "Heritage Day."

Scituate Transportation

Air transportation is provided by Boston Logan International Airport.

Scituate Higher Education

Quincy College offers opportunities for higher education.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,471
Male Share of the Population49.6%
Female Share of the Population50.4%
Senior Citizens22.1%
Employed Population 16+2,633
Age of the Population47

Families

% of people married58.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher53.8%
Median Earnings25+$72,475
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,242

Wealth

Median Family Income$141,314
% Above Poverty Level94.7%
% Below Poverty Level5.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time42 minutes
% Working from Home4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.4%
% Using Public Transportation12%

Housing

People Living Alone29.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,252
Median House Value$476,200

Ancestry

Irish48.7%
English20.9%
German12.9%
Italian12.4%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)11.6%
Scottish4.3%
Polish2.6%
Canadian2.6%
Lithuanian2%
French Except Basque1.8%
Swedish1.7%
Portuguese1.4%
Albanian1.3%
West Indian1%
Belgian1%
Jamaican1%
Welsh1%
Russian0.9%
African0.9%
Hungarian0.8%
Norwegian0.8%
Cape Verdean0.7%
Danishn0.7%
Arab0.6%
Finnish0.5%
Swiss0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Latvian0.3%
Ethiopian0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Czech0.2%
Brazilian0.1%
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Scituate Almanac

CategoryValue
County Plymouth County
Standard Zip Codes2066
P.O. Box Zip Codes2060, 2040, 2055
Phone Area Codes339,781
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.18
Approximate Longitude-70.73

Scituate 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
Distance10.1 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
Distance20 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
StationMARBLEHEAD
Distance22.2 miles
Jan Temp20 to 37 F
Apr Temp38 to 57 F
Jul Temp63 to 82 F
Oct Temp45 to 62 F
Annual Precip45.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cohasset8,316$151,528
Hanover14,332$122,620
Hingham5,777$158,125
Marshfield4,663$111,912
Norwell10,845$126,016
Pembroke18,166$106,763

Scituate Public Libraries

Scituate Town Library
85 BRANCH ST.
Scituate, Massachusetts
(781) 545-8727

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Scituate Public Schools

Cushing Elementary
1 Aberdeen Dr
ZIP: 2066
(781) 545-8770
Primary
Total Enrollment 411
Gates Intermediate School
327 First Parish Rd
ZIP: 2066
(781) 545-8760
Middle
Total Enrollment 485
Hatherly Elementary
72 Ann Vinal Rd
ZIP: 2066
(781) 545-8780
Primary
Total Enrollment 316
Jenkins Elementary School
54 Vinal Avenue
ZIP: 2066
(781) 545-4910
Primary
Total Enrollment 546
Scituate High School
606 C J Cushing Hwy
ZIP: 2066
(781) 545-8750
High
Total Enrollment 907
Wampatuck Elementary
266 Tilden Rd
ZIP: 2066
(781) 545-8790
Primary
Total Enrollment 427

Scituate Private Schools

Inly School
46 Watch Hill Dr
ZIP: 2066
Elementary
Total Enrollment 174
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