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Overview

Introduction to Scituate, Rhode Island

Scituate, Rhode Island, in Providence county, is 10 miles W of Cranston, Rhode Island (center to center) and 48 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts.The town is part of the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

Scituate History

The area now known as the Town of Scituate was originally settled in 1710. Immigrants from Scituate, Massachusetts were the early settlers. The town was named from a native Indian term meaning "cold river" or "cold brook." It was incorporated in 1731, and Stephen Hopkins, who later became Governor of Rhode Island, was the first Town Moderator.

Scituate and Nearby Attractions

  • Smith-Appleby House Museum
  • State of Rhode Island Fort Adams State Park
  • Hopeville Pond State Park
  • Fall River Carousel
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

Things To Do In Scituate

There are many museums near Scituate including Herreshoff Marine Museum, Smith Castle, New England Center for Contemporary Art, and Providence Children's Museum. The town also offers scenic walking trails through wooded areas. Golfers may enjoy a game at the Widow's Walk Golf Course. Hiking, camping, swimming, fishing, and boating may be enjoyed at Douglas State Forest, Haines Memorial State Park, Quaddick State Park, and Lincoln Woods State Park. The town also organizes many special events every year such as the Scituate Art Festival.

Scituate Transportation

Air transportation is available from Theodore Francis Green State Airport.

Scituate Higher Education

Bryant College, New England Institute of Technology, and Community College of Rhode Island are some of the nearby colleges.

People

Total Population 10,450
Male Share of the Population 51.3%
Female Share of the Population 48.7%
Senior Citizens 17.5%
Employed Population 16+ 5,854
Age of the Population 49

Families

% of people married 59.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 35.6%
Median Earnings25+ $48,150
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $34,653
Median Earnings With High School Degree $41,695

Wealth

Median Family Income $100,340
% Above Poverty Level 93.9%
% Below Poverty Level 6.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 26%
Median Gross Rent $877
Median House Value $291,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 4%
US/American 1.2%
English 18.2%
Irish 26.1%

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

Scituate Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles W of Cranston, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 48 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Providence
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02815, 02857
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.81
Longitude -71.64

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)

Station NORTH FOSTER 1 E
Distance 5.5 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 53.1 inches
Station WEST THOMPSON LAKE
Distance 16.5 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 35 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51.2 inches
Station WEST MEDWAY
Distance 24.8 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 38 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Clayville (02815)

Hope (02831)

North Scituate (02857)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Coventry 34,981 $88,556
Foster 4,671 $87,778
Glocester 9,897 $90,960
Johnston 29,095 $84,741
Smithfield 21,513 $81,790
West Warwick 28,891 $65,802

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

Scituate Public Libraries

Library
Hope Library
374 NORTH ROAD
Scituate, Rhode Island
(411) 821-7910
North Scituate Public Library
606 WEST GREENVILLE ROAD
Scituate, Rhode Island
(401) 647-5133

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137 ANAN WADE ROAD
401-647-3377
Serves 938 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

SCITUATE HIGH SCHOOL
94 TRIMTOWN ROAD
401-647-4120
Serves 500 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

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