Duxbury, in Plymouth County is a coastal community on the South Shore, just 33 miles south of Boston. Its location on the Atlantic Ocean has enabled the town to develop as a fishing, shipbuilding and later, as a resort community. Today, however, Duxbury is a residential suburban bedroom community where many of the town's nearly 14,000... Show all »
Duxbury, in Plymouth County is a coastal community on the South Shore, just 33 miles south of Boston. Its location on the Atlantic Ocean has enabled the town to develop as a fishing, shipbuilding and later, as a resort community. Today, however, Duxbury is a residential suburban bedroom community where many of the town's nearly 14,000 residents commute to surrounding cities. Access to Boston as well as to other centers of employment is by way of Route 3 that crosses through Duxbury.
Nevertheless, Duxbury is a town with its own unique identity and a long history. Many historic and architecturally impressive homes from colonial times and the shipbuilding period still exist. Duxbury was a center of shipbuilding until the mid-nineteenth century when ships became too large for the shallow bay. However, other local economic activity such as agriculture and fishing saw to the town's growth. Residents from Boston and other towns became summer residents of Duxbury, taking advantage of its unique seaside location. This resort population built many homes along Duxbury's shore.
In the present, Duxbury's population comprises primarily year-round residents. An affluent town, Duxbury is home to a community of people employed in managerial and executive positions in the Greater Boston area. The towns prosperity is apparent in its wealth levels, with per capita effective buying income well-above state and national averages. Duxbury, like many communities in the region, is seeing high-end residential development.
Though the town is nearly fully developed, there has been small-scale development and redevelopment of existing property into expensive single-family homes. New housing prices range from $500,000 to more than $1 million. The contribution of new development and a strong real estate market have contributed to steady growth in the tax base, which increase of 71% from 1999-2003. Despite development, the Town of Duxbury owns approximately 2,400 acres of land under the control of the Conservation Commission.
Through its Conservation Fund, the Conservation Department manages and maintains these lands and creates walking trails for public enjoyment. Besides this open space, there are other facilities for public recreation such as Duxbury Beach and the North Hill Country Club that offers a golf course and golf lessons. Additionally, Duxbury is proud of its excellent public school system that consists of two elementary schools, a middle school and a high school, all recognized for high quality education.