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Statistics & Facts

The Massachusetts state capital is Boston.
The population of Scituate is approximately 18,120 (2005), 5245 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 7,800 (2000), 2138 (2010).
The amount of land area in Scituate is 10.603 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Scituate is 4.1 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 1.902 sq kilometers.
The distance from Scituate to Washington DC is 412 miles.
The distance to the Massachusetts state capital is 18 miles. (as the crow flies)
Scituate is positioned 42.18 degrees north of the equator and 70.73 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Scituate elevation is 30 feet above sea level.
Scituate median income is $ 70,868 (2000).
The Scituate median home price is $ 276,000 (2000).


in eastern Massachusetts about 26 miles from Boston and about 15 miles from Weymouth. Other nearby communities include North Scituate, Marshfield Hills, Norwell, Cohasset, Marshfield and North Pembroke.
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History & History Related Items

Scituate was founded by settlers from the Plymouth Colony some time before 1634 when the Scituate church was organized. Major roads that pass through the town include Massachusetts Routes 3A and 123.

The settlers at Plymouth investigated the area around Plymouth for further settlement. Timothy Hatherly arrived at Plymouth in 1623 on the ship Ann. Hatherly was one of the adventurers who had financed the Plymouth colony. He returned to England in 1625, however he sent his nephew, Edward Foster, to keep him informed of affairs in Plymouth.

The original settlers of Scituate probably came from Kent, England before 1628. Early settlers seem to have been assigned land about 1626, though early records are scant.

In 1632, Hatherly returned to Plymouth and in 1633 the Colony Court ordered that a tract of land be set aside at Satuit that extended from the high water mark of Satuit brook three miles into the woods. The tract was granted to James Shirley, John Beauchamp, Richard Andrews, and Timothy Hatherly in 1637. Before 1646, Hatherly had bought out the others and had formed a stock company who called themselves the "Conihasset Partners".

In 1654 and 1656, other grants were added to the original one, the resulting territory extended to Hanover and Rockland. These grants were known as the Conihasset Grants.

The first village was laid out in 1633 along Kent Street. The houses were built of logs, the roofs being thatched. A meeting house was also built in 1633 on what is known as Meeting-house Lane, leading off Kent Street. By the time Rev. John Lothrop arrived in Septmber of 1633, 9 houses had been built; by 1637 there were a total of 51.

Scituate was a part of the Plymouth Colony and was first mentioned there in William Bradford's writings about 1634; the northern border was part of the dividing line between the Plymouth Colony and the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
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The founding of Scituate

July 1. 1633

The incorporation of Scituate



Scituate Massachusetts is a seaside community located 25 miles southeast of Boston.
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Scituate City Government

Scituate is governed with an Open Town Meeting. The Annual Town Meeting is held the First Monday in March. The Election of Officers is the Fourth Saturday after the first Monday in March.

Scituate Town Clerk
600 Chief Justice Cushing Hwy
Scituate, MA 02066-3226
Phone: 781-545-8744

Scituate Chamber

Chamber Of Commerce
22 Border St
Scituate, MA 02066-1202
Phone: 781-545-8472

Chamber Of Commerce
248 Gannett Rd
Scituate, MA 02066-1207
Phone: 781-545-4000

Scituate Organizations

Chamber Of Commerce
22 Border St
Scituate, MA 02066-1202
Phone: 781-545-8472

Chamber Of Commerce
248 Gannett Rd
Scituate, MA 02066-1207
Phone: 781-545-4000

Scituate Libraries

Scituate Library
85 Branch St
Scituate, MA 02066-2534
Phone: 781-545-8727

Scituate Schools

Scituate School Superintendent
606 Chief Justice Cushing Hwy
Scituate, MA 02066-3225
Phone: 781-545-8759 Scituate


The population of Scituate was:
1990 - 9,796
2000 - 17,863
2005 - 18,120

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