Scituate is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 18,924 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Scituate is the 100th largest community in Massachusetts.
Scituate home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Scituate real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Scituate is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 90.82% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Scituate is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Scituate who work in management occupations (15.92%), sales jobs (12.20%), and office and administrative support (11.41%).
Also of interest is that Scituate has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.91% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
In addition, Scituate is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
Because of many things, Scituate is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Scituate really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Scituate perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
Scituate is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
In Scituate, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.53 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
Even though Scituate is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Scituate. 60.21% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in Scituate in 2018 was $66,675, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $266,700 for a family of four.
The people who call Scituate home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Scituate residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Scituate include Irish, English, Italian, German, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Scituate is English. Other important languages spoken here include Portuguese and French.