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Scituate, MA 02066

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A Comprehensive Guide to Living in Scituate, Massachusetts

Settled by colonists from Plymouth, as well as a group of people from Kent, Scituate, Massachusetts was founded in 1627. In 1717, a section of the town was incorporated as the town of Hanover and in 1788, another portion was ceded to Marshfield. Furthermore, in 1869, the western section of Scituate became South Situate and eventually changed its name to Norwell. Presently, Scituate has a total land area of 16.9 square miles and a population of 17,863. Scituate has a median household income of $86,723 and has an open town meeting form of government with a town administrator and a board of selectmen.

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Transportation Options from Scituate to Boston

The town is located 25 miles south of Boston and is accessible via the Greenbush terminus stop on the Greenbush line of the MBTA Commuter Rail. The state roads Route 3A and Route 132 run through Scituate and the GATRA bus program travels a set route around the town.

Scituate Community Services

Scituate runs its own police and fire departments and its nearest hospital is South Shore Hospital. The town’s transfer station is accessible to residents with a sticker and is operated as a "Pay-As-You-Throw" and a Recycle facility.

Important Phone Numbers

  • Police Department: 781-545-1212
  • Fire Department: 781-545-8748
  • Town Hall: 781-545-8742
  • Council on Aging: 781-545-8722

Public and Private Schools

There are four elementary schools in Scituate – Wampatuck Elementary, Jenkins Elementary, Hatherly Elementary, and Cushing Elementary – all of which serve students in kindergarten through grade six. Lester J. Gates Intermediate School serves grades seven and eight, while Scituate High School serves grades nine through 12. High school students also have the option to attend Hanover’s South Shore Vocational Technical high school. Many high school students commute to private schools in the Boston area such as Thayer Academy, Boston College High School, and Notre Dame Academy.

Community and Recreation

Scituate’s abundant coast line features beautiful beaches that are popular with locals and visitors alike. The town’s Harbor area is home to a number of restaurants and business. The Scituate Maritime Center serves the boating public with its 78 slips in the municipal marina, in addition to a public kayak ramp, and public bathrooms and showers. The venue is available for private functions, and serves as a meeting place for recreation groups and municipal activities. Scituate is also home to the Widow’s Walk Golf Course, which was designed to impact the environment as little as possible through its design and management.

The town’s rich history ensures that its historic sites, such as Lawson Tower, are well preserved. In 2011, the British Daily Mail newspaper declared Scituate to be the most Irish town in America, based on 2010 census information in which 47.5% of residents listed Irish as their primary ancestry.

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