Scituate, MA
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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 18,834 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 91.45% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Scituate is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Scituate who work in sales jobs (16.25%), management occupations (14.25%), and office and administrative support (11.88%).

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.

Of important note, Scituate is also a town of artists. Scituate has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Scituate’s character.

A relatively large number of people in Scituate telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.96% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

One downside of living in Scituate, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.08 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

In Scituate, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Scituate is a relatively small town. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Scituate, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Scituate is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 54.71% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Scituate in 2010 was $54,552, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $218,208 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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Scituate include Irish, English, Italian, German, and French.

The most common language spoken in Scituate is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.


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