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Barnstable Town, Massachusetts


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Barnstable Town, Massachusetts

Introduction to Barnstable, Massachusetts

Barnstable is situated on Cape Cod in Barnstable County and is bordered on the north by Cape Cod Bay. The town contains seven villages, each having their own unique and prominent cultural and historic attributes. Hyannis is the largest village and is the county's business district. Barnstable is a very popular tourist destination, especially during the summer. Visitors enjoy the beaches as well as the charming shops. The Sturgis Library is recognized as the oldest library in the United States.

History

The original explorer in the region was Bartholomew Gosnold who arrived in 1602. The town was established in 1636. The original settlers were primarily farmers, however fishing and salt production soon became important factors for the economy. Near the end of the 19th Century approximately 800 ships were harbored in the town. In 1854 the railroad reached Barnstable, which caused a large reduction in the number of ships utilizing the port.

Towards the end of the 19th Century Barnstable was beginning to become well known all over the world as a prominent tourist location. A large number of prosperous Bostonians vacationed in Cape Cod during the summer. The Kennedy family spent their summers in the town and some members still reside in their estate located in Hyannis Port. The compound was the summer home of President Kennedy while he was President.

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Nightlife and Entertainment

  • Cape Cod Melody Tent features world renowned acts.
  • Barnstable Comedy Club offers noteworthy comedians.
  • Baxter's Boat House is a popular nightlife venue.
  • HMS Theatrical/Shaughnessy Theatre offers theatrical productions and musicals.

Museums

  • Trayser Museum Complex includes a beautiful Italian Renaissance style building and a jail from the 17th Century. It showcases the architectural, the maritime and cultural history of Cape Cod.
  • Cahoon Museum of American Art, situated in a Georgian Colonial home contains American Impressionist and marine artworks.
  • Cape Cod Maritime Museum.
  • Toad Hall Classic Sports Car Museum.
  • Centerville Historical Museum features Civil War artifacts and historical costumes.
  • Osterville Historical Society Museum.

Activities

Visitors enjoy having a leisurely time and enjoying the views in the beach areas. Kayak tours of the marsh region are available for fly fishing and for experiencing the environment. The noteworthy Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary provides nature trails. The Cape Cod Railroad offers scenic tours featuring cranberry bogs, marshes and woodlands.

Villages

Centerville is primarily a residential area and incudes beautiful beach areas. Osterville is a residential district featuring a quaint town center and provides opportunities for fishing and boating. Marston Mills is a residential village. Cotuit includes a few small beaches. West Barnstable is a residential community. Barnstable Village includes a harbor and a few small beaches.

The affluent village of Hyannis is the commercial and transportation center of Barnstable and includes several shopping malls. Its vast harbor is the largest recreational boating area and the second largest port for commercial fishing in Cape Cod. Several Kennedy family homes are located in the village. It features the historic downtown Main Street. Hyannis provides ferry transportation to Martha's Vineyard and the Nantucket Islands.

The Hyannis Whale Watching Cruises are quite popular. Enjoyable tours of the Cape Cod Potato Chip Company are available. The Hyannisport Club is one of the best golf courses situated on the Cape. The West Beach Club and the Hyannisport Yacht Club are included in the village. The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum is located in the old Town Hall. There is also a notable memorial for President Kennedy situated along Lewis Bay.

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High Points

Barnstable Town strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Massachusetts):

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 19% Barnstable Town Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Barnstable Town, Massachusetts

Comparing Barnstable Town to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Massachusetts (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).


The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Age of the Population 10 9
Senior Citizens 10 10
Female Share of the Population 8 8
Well-Paid Single Women 7 5
Well-Paid Single Men 7 5
Male Share of the Population 4 3
Racial Diversity 2 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 3

Families

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Portion of People Married 6 3
Average Household Size 3 2

Wealth

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
College Educated Adults 7 6
People in Middle Class or Better 6 3
People Above Poverty 6 2
Median Family Income 6 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Working at Home 10 7
Walking and Biking to Work 6 8
Short Commute Times 6 9
Public Transportation Use 5 6

Housing

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Housing Recently Built 8 10
People Living Alone 6 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 6
Affordability of Rents 4 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 6

Crime

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Low Property Crime 8 2
Low Violent Crime 3 1

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Barnstable Town Almanac

Category Value
County Barnstable
Metro Area Barnstable - Yarmouth
Standard Zip Codes 02630
P.O. Box Zip Codes 02634
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.67
Longitude -70.32
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Barnstable Town Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 47,821 100%
Male 22,864 47.8%
Female 24,957 52.2%
Under 18 10,498 22%
18+ 37,323 78%
65+ 9,599 20.1%
Median Age 42.3
Average Family Size 2.88
White 43,925 91.9%
African-American 1,309 2.7%
Asian 387 0.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 283 0.6%
Other 799 1.7%
Mixed Race 1,100 2.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 812 1.7%

Barnstable Town Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 24.2%
English 13.3%
Italian 9.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.7%
US/American 5.5%
German 4.8%
French (except Basque) 4.1%
Portuguese 3.7%
French Canadian 3.6%
Scottish 3.3%
Polish 3%
Brazilian 2.2%
Swedish 2.1%
Cape Verdean 2%
Scotch-Irish 1.9%
Greek 1.3%
Finnish 1.1%
Russian 0.9%
Lithuanian 0.7%
Canadian 0.6%
Norwegian 0.6%
British 0.6%
Dutch 0.5%
European 0.4%
Welsh 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Eastern European 0.2%
Latvian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Barnstable Town, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Centerville (02634)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Barnstable Town 47,821 $54,026
Brewster 10,094 $57,174
Dennis 15,973 $50,478
Harwich 12,386 $51,070
Mashpee 12,946 $56,702
Sandwich 20,136 $66,553
Yarmouth 24,807 $48,148

Barnstable Town Public Libraries

Library
Centerville Public Library
585 MAIN ST.
Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
(508) 790-6220
Cotuit Library
871 MAIN ST.
Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
(508) 428-8141
Hyannis Public Library Assoc.
401 MAIN ST.
Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
(508) 775-2280
Library Web Site
Marstons Mills Public Library
2160 MAIN ST.
Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
(508) 428-5175
Library Web Site
Osterville Free Library
43 WIANNO AVENUE
Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
(508) 428-5757
Library Web Site
Whelden Memorial Library
2401 MEETINGHOUSE WAY
Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
(508) 362-2262
South Chatham Public Library
MAIN ST.
Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
(508) 430-7989

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Barnstable Town Hospitals

CAPE COD HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
P O BOX 640, 27 PARK STREET
(508) 771-1800
Emergency Service: Yes

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Barnstable Town High Schools (2004)


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BARNSTABLE HIGH
744 WEST MAIN STREET
508-790-6445
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,991 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

STURGIS CHARTER SCHOOL
427 MAIN STREET
508-778-1782
A Charter School.
Serves 325 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.7

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