U.S. Census reports a total of 17,863 residents in the town of Scituate (USDOC 2001).
The town of Scituate is divided into three smaller geographic areas or census tracts (CTs)
(CTs 5051.01, 5051.02, and 5052). The Third Cliff area is located in CT 5052, in the southeastern portion of the town. The CT is the smallest geographic area for which cancer rates can be accurately calculated. Specifically, a CT is a smaller, population-based subdivision of a county. The focus of this evaluation was to analyze cancer incidence and environmental concerns in CTs 5051.01, 5051.02, and 5052 with particular emphasis on CT
5052, the location of the Third Cliff area. Census tract locations and boundaries in Scituate are also presented in Figure 1.