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Norwell, MA 02061

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A Comprehensive Guide to Living in Norwell, Massachusetts

Once part of neighboring Scituate, Norwell, Massachusetts was settled in 1634 and became South Scituate in 1849. In 1888, the townspeople voted to change the town’s name to Norwell. With an area of 21.2 square miles, Norwell has a population of 10,506, according to the 2010 U.S. census. As of 2015, Norwell had a median household income of $117,986 and real estate taxes of $16.50 per one thousand dollars of value. Norwell has an open town meeting form of government with a town administrator and a board of selectmen.

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Located 20 miles south of Boston, the nearest MBTA commuter rail station is the Greenbush line, which is one mile from the town line in Scituate. The town operates its own police and fire departments, and a new police headquarters building was added to the Fire Department Headquarters in 2015. Within the Fire Department, Norwell has an emergency services division that brings all emergency room visits to South Shore Hospital. The town has a recycling center, which is accessible by sticker, and also offers curbside pickup from private companies.

Public Schools

Norwell’s school system has two elementary schools – Grace Farrar Cole Elementary School and William Gould Vinal Elementary School – both of which serve pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Norwell Middle School serves grades six through eight, while Norwell High School serves grades nine through twelve. Each student in grades six through twelve is afforded the use of an iPad throughout the school year to aid in their education.

Community and Recreation

Situated on the North River, Norwell is home to a number of beautiful trails and conservation lands that are open to the public. The town’s recreation department organizes activities for all age groups, across a wide range of interest and has youth and adult sports leagues, such as soccer, lacrosse, and softball. Norwell also has an active historical society, headquartered at the Jacobs Homestead which was built in 1726. The South Shore Natural Science Center –a nonprofit organization – is also located in Norwell.

Important Phone Numbers

  • Police Department – (781) 659-7979
  • Fire Department – (781) 659-8158
  • Town Hall – (781) 659-8828
  • Town Clerk – (781) 659-8072
  • Council on Aging – (781) 659-7878 and (781) 659-2919

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