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 91.97% 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 management occupations (15.30%), sales jobs (13.40%), and office and administrative support (11.55%).
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 9.66% 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", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
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.
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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
In Scituate, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.71 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.
If knowledge is power, Scituate is a pretty powerful place. 58.59% of the adults in Scituate have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Scituate in 2010 was $60,863, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $243,452 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 French.
The most common language spoken in Scituate is English. Other important languages spoken here include Portuguese and Spanish.