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 Memorial Field, George Lane Beach, 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.
|Offical Name||Town of Weymouth|
|Form of Government||Mayor-Council|
|Total Area||21.6 sq. mi.|
|Land Area||17.0 sq. mi.|
|Population||55,601 (2012-16 ACS)|
|Population Density||3,270 per sq. mi.|
|Households||22,891 (2012-16 ACS)|
|Metropolitan Statistical Area||Greater Boston Metro. Area - South Shore|
|Regional Planning Agency||Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) - South Shore Coalition (SSC)|
|Geographic Location||Southeastern 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.|
|Climate||Warmest 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)|