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Marshfield is a town in Plymouth Countymarker, Massachusettsmarker, United Statesmarker, on Massachusetts's South Shoremarker. The population was 24,324 at the 2000 census.

For geographic and demographic information on specific parts of the town of Marshfield, please see the articles on Green Harbormarker, Marshfield marker, Marshfield Hillsmarker, and Ocean Bluff and Brant Rockmarker.



Ocean Bluff looking south
Marshfield is located on the South Shoremarker, about where Cape Cod Baymarker meets the Massachusetts Baymarker.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 31.74 sq mi (82.2 km²). 28.46 sq mi (73.7 km²) of it is land and 3.28 sq mi (8.5 km²) of it (10.33%) is water. Marshfield is bordered by Massachusetts Baymarker to the east, Duxburymarker to the south and southeast, Pembrokemarker to the west, Norwellmarker to the northwest, and Scituatemarker to the north and northeast. Marshfield is eighteen miles (29 km) east of Brocktonmarker and twenty-nine miles southeast of Bostonmarker.

Marshfield is named for the many salt marshes which dot the landscape in the town. There are three rivers, the North (along the northern border of the town), South (which branches at the mouth of the North River and heads south through the town) and the Green Harbor River (which flows just west of Brant Rock and Green Harbor Point at the south of town).

The South River divides a peninsula from the rest of the town, where Rexhame village and the Humarockmarker and Fourth Cliff neighborhoods of the town of Scituate lie. The Scituate neighborhoods can be reached by land by two bridges, or by foot along Rexhame Beach. The Rexhame-Humarock peninsula is a barrier beach with an . high moraine, one of only two barrier beach moraines on the east coast of the United States.

Marshfield is also the site of several small forests and conservation areas, including the Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary along the Green Harbor River and the North River Wildlife Sanctuary, along Route 3A.

The Town of Marshfield MA has six separate zip codes:Marshfield 02050,Brant Rock 02020,Ocean Bluff 02065,North Marshfield 02059,Marshfield Hills 02051,Green Harbor 02041.

This quaint seaside Town is politically divided by nine Villages:Marshfield Center,Fieldston,Ocean Bluff,Rexhame,Brant Rock,Green Harbor,Marshfield Hills,North Marshfield andSea View.

The following are the beaches comprising the five mile (8 km) long Marshfield Public Seashore. The entire seashore is open to the public:Rexhame,Fieldston,Sunrise,Ocean Bluff,Brant Rock,Blue Fish Cove,Burke,Green Harbor.

Marshfield aka "MarshVegas" is a popular summer beach destination. Tourists and vacationers cause the town's population to nearly double from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. Only full-time residents can vote on public tax matters.


As of the census of 2000, there were 24,324 people, 8,905 households, and 6,598 families residing in the town. The population density was 854.8 people per square mile (330.1/km²). There were 9,954 housing units at an average density of 349.8/sq mi (135.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.69% White, 3.54% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.52% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.67% of the population.

There were 8,905 households out of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.9% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.9% were non-families. 20.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $83,540, and the median income for a family was $104,207. Males had a median income of $67,992 versus $52,773 for females. The per capita income for the town was $40,003. About 3.8% of families and 0.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.7% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.


On the national level, Marshfield is a part of Massachusetts's 10th congressional district, and is currently represented by Bill Delahunt. The state's senior (Class I) member of the United States Senate, is John Kerry.

On the state level, Marshfield is represented in the Massachusetts House of Representatives as a part of the Fourth Plymouth district, which also includes much of the town of Scituate. The representative for Marshfield and Scituate in the Massachusetts House of Representatives is Jim Cantwell (D). The town is represented in the Massachusetts Senate as a part of the Plymouth and Norfolk district, which includes the towns of Cohasset, Duxbury, Hingham, Hull, Norwell, Scituate and Weymouth. The town is patrolled by the First (Norwell) Barracks of Troop D of the Massachusetts State Police.

Marshfield is governed on the local level by the open town meeting form of government, and is led by a town administrator and a board of selectmen. The current board of selectmen includes a direct descendant of Pilgrim Richard Warren. The modern town hall is located at the intersection of Routes 3A and 139, just south of the South River. The town has its own police and fire stations, with firehouses located in Marshfield Hills, Ocean Bluff and near the fairgrounds. The town's Ventress Memorial Library is located a short distance east of the town hall, and is a member of the Old Colony Library Network (OCLN). There is also an independent library, the Clift Rodgers Free Library, in Marshfield Hills. The town has three post offices, in the same neighborhoods as the fire stations.


Marshfield operates its own school system for the town's nearly 4,700 students.There are five elementary schools:
  • Governor Edward Winslow Elementary School
  • Daniel Webster Elementary School
  • Eames Way Elementary School
  • Martinson Elementary School
  • South River Elementary School

The Elementary Schools serve students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. (Eames Way and South River, however, do not have pre-kindergarten classes).

The Furnace Brook Middle School serves students from sixth through eighth grade. FBMS is a top school, winner of the Jimmy Fund Cancer Research Foundation Contest in 2006, 2007, and 2009. The school consists of 3 clusters in each grade level (Red, Yellow, and Crimson in 6th, Green, Blue, and Purple in 7th, and Gold, Pink, and Orange in 8th).

Marshfield High School serves grades nine through twelve. Marshfield High School's athletic teams are known as the Rams, and their colors are green, white, yellow and black.There are no private or vocational schools in the town; the nearest private schools are in neighboring Scituate and Duxbury (as well as a charter school in Norwell). The nearest college is Bridgewater State Collegemarker in Bridgewater, MA.


Route 3, also known as the Pilgrims Highway, skirts the town along the Pembroke town line, and can be accessed in Marshfield via the Route 139 exit. Route 139 loops through the town, with a long portion passing along the beaches of the Ocean Bluff and Fieldston neighborhoods before heading north and east into Pembroke. Route 3A also passes through the town, entering from the south in Duxbury and exiting over the North River into Scituate.

There is daily bus service connecting with the MBTA station in Braintreemarker and another bus connecting with South Stationmarker in Bostonmarker. The nearest train station is the Greenbush stationmarker in Scituate. There is a commuter ferry to Boston available in Hinghammarker. The nearest airport is Logan International Airportmarker in Boston. The area is also served by T.F.marker Green Airportmarker in Rhode Islandmarker. The nearest freight rail service is in Warehammarker.

Notable residents


  2. Index of Legislative Representation by City and Town, from
  3. Station D-1, SP Norwell
  4. Town of Marshfield: Schools

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