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.
A relatively large number of people in Scituate telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.91% 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 educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
Scituate is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Scituate’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
One of the nice things about Scituate is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
One downside of living in Scituate, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.53 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.
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 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 60.21% 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 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.