About Weymouth

Weymouth is the second oldest township in the Commonwealth, dating back to 1622 when it was founded as the Wessagusset colony. Renamed Weymouth in 1635, the Town was boosted in that year by the arrival of 100 settlers from its namesake in England. For almost two hundred years the Town was a fishing and agricultural community, evolving into a manufacturing hub for shoes in the late 19th century. Remnants of every era, from colonization to industrialization to suburbanization, are evident in the very shape of the community. 

Today, Weymouth is a mature, strongly residential suburb located just south of Boston, with close proximity to the crossroads of Route I-93 (128) and Route 3. The community is nicely situated for easy access to Cape Cod and the Greater Boston area. Three MBTA commuter rail stations provide quick transportation into the city. 

Rich in history, Weymouth is home to the birthplace of Abigail Adams, wife to U.S. President John Adams and mother to U.S. President John Quincy Adams. Other local landmarks include the Town’s Historic Civic Center District and the architecturally-significant Fogg Library, Jefferson School, and Washington School.

Unlike traditional New England communities, Weymouth has no downtown center. Rather it has four village centers, each featuring its own blend of historic buildings, land use, and open space. Housing in the Town consists mostly of single-family homes nestled in established neighborhoods, with large apartment and condominium complexes interspersed in the villages. Weymouth’s popular recreation areas include Legion Field, George Lane Beach, Lovell Field, Great Esker Park, Weston Park, Pond Meadow Park, and Webb Memorial State Park.    

For many years, business development has been strong along Weymouth’s highways and local arterials. Its thoroughfares feature an assortment of restaurants, retail outlets, and small shopping plazas, while its village centers are home to an eclectic mix of local storefronts. An attractive office park is located just minutes from Route 3, at the Libbey Industrial Parkway.

Due to its abundance of medical service facilities, Weymouth has been called the “South Shore’s medical Mecca”. It has more than 20 medical buildings, which house over 100 laboratories, physician groups, and treatment centers. At the heart of the Town’s two-mile medical district is the South Shore Hospital, the community’s largest employer and leading regional provider of acute, outpatient, home health, and hospice care. The Stetson Medical Center, once home to the Stetson Shoe Company, has also attracted world-class medical and life science tenants, including Boston Children’s Hospital and Harbor Medical Associates, a Brigham and Women’s Health Care affiliate.
Despite being nearly fully built out, Weymouth has great potential for controlled growth in coming years. Union Point, an evolving 1,400-acre, mixed-use development at the former Naval Air Station, is currently on track to becoming one of the South Shore's premiere transit-oriented neighborhoods. Additional plans for growth include revitalization of Weymouth's village centers, creation of a park and trail network extending the length of the Back River, investments in municipal energy conservation through the state’s Green Communities program, public infrastructure improvements consistent with Complete Streets principles, and development of a new public library and middle school
In 2018, Weymouth was designated a Housing Choice Community by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for its high production of new housing units to support the state's changing population and growing economy. While Massachusetts home prices have increased at the fastest rate in the nation, families continue to be attracted to Weymouth for its diverse housing stock, convenient transportation options, premier health care facilities, and fine system of parks and open space. So long as Weymouth continues to attract new families and strong businesses, our Town will be rich in community and potential.
Useful Facts
Offical NameTown of Weymouth
Year Settled1622
Year Incorporated1635
Form of Government Mayor-Council
Congressional District8th
Total Area21.6 sq. mi.
Land Area17.0 sq. mi.
Waterfront12.5 mi.
Population55,601 (2012-16 ACS)
Population Density3,270 per sq. mi.
Households22,891 (2012-16 ACS)
Metropolitan Statistical AreaGreater Boston Metro. Area - South Shore
Regional Planning AgencyMetropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) - South Shore Coalition (SSC)
Geographic LocationSoutheastern Massachusetts, about 12 miles southeast of Boston and 42 miles northeast of Providence. Bordered by Braintree and Holbrook on the west, Abington and Rockland on the south, Hingham on the east, and the Hingham Bay, Weymouth Back River, and Weymouth Fore River on the north.
ClimateWarmest month, on average, is July with an average temperature of 74.3°F (23.5°C). Coolest month on average is January, with an average temperature of 29.7°F (-1.3°C). Month with the most precipitation on average is March with 5.1" (129.5 mm). Month with the least precipitation on average is July with an average of 3.4" (86.4 mm). (weatherbase.com, Jan 2016)