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Swansea, Massachusetts

Information and resources for the community of Swansea, MA.

Founded in 1667 on the premise of religious tolerance for all (much like neighboring Rhode Island), this charming town is located on Mount Hope Bay.

Swansea was named for the Welsh city of the same name. Swansea Town Beach offers picnic tables, restrooms, seasonal lifeguards, and lovely views of the Bay and Aquidneck Island (the original “Rhode Island”) beyond. The Martin House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is an example of an early 19th-century farm; it has a furnished farmhouse, two barns, and cultivated fields surrounded by dry stone walls and woodlands. The northern part of Swansea features rolling hills, farms and forests, and rural New England at its finest.

By the Numbers


Population: 16,462

Population Change: %

Median Age: 45.8

Poverty Level: 4.7%

Avg. Household Size: 2.63

Median Household Income: $83,010


Percent Cost Burden: 26.4%

Average Age Built: 1967

Ownership Rate: 80.1%

Seasonal Units: 1

Average Sale Price: $269,000

Subsidized Housing Inventory: 3.86%


Top Three Industries:

Retail Trade
Health Care and Social Assistance
Accommodations and Food Services

Average Annual Wage: 759

Average Commute Time: 26.5 minutes


Miles of Sidewalk: 21

Chapter 90 Funding: $571,679

Regional Transit Authority (RTA): SRTA

Available Public Transit Services:

Fixed Route Bus Service
Demand Response Service for persons with a disability
Transportation for Seniors (provided by the Swansea Council on Aging


Number of Culverts: 99