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Swampscott is a town in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States located 15 miles (24 km) up the coast from Boston in an area known as the North Shore. The population was 13,787 as of 2010. A former summer resort on Massachusetts Bay, Swampscott is today a fairly affluent residential community and includes the village of Beach Bluff, as well as part of the neighborhood of Clifton. It is known for its quiet suburban character and lovely beaches.

The Swampscott Senior Center offers the following programs and services in order to maintain the age-friendliness of the community:
  1. Nutrition: Meals are served 5 days a week from 11:30 am until 12:15 pm. No reservations are required for lunch.  A $2.00 donation is suggested.
  2. Medical Rides: Transportation is available to Swampscott senior residents 55+ for appointments in Swampscott and nearby communities including MGH Danvers.  The cost is $2.00 each way. 
  3. Outreach, Information, and Referrals: The Outreach Program offers the senior community the services of a staff person who meets and/or visits with individuals on a confidential basis in order to assess their needs.
Swampscott is an emerging age friendly community. This means it is pursuing an age friendly designation.
ContactsSenior Center
200R Essex Street, Rear
Swampscott, MA 01907
(781) 596-8866
Director: Marilyn Hurwitz
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How did Massachusetts earn the grade of C? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Massachusetts has a state sales tax of 6.25%. Of particular interest is that Massachusetts does not have taxes on social security. There are estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. Massachusetts has an effective property tax rate of 1.21%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Massachusetts earned its state tax grade of C.

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