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Overview

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.

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
  • 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.

People

Total Population 44,591
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 22.2%
Employed Population 16+ 21,410
Age of the Population 48

Families

% of people married 52.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 37.5%
Median Earnings25+ $38,635
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $28,007
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,820

Wealth

Median Family Income $77,979
% Above Poverty Level 88.3%
% Below Poverty Level 11.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 5.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,141
Median House Value $349,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.7%
US/American 0.2%
English 15.7%
Irish 27.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Barnstable Town Climate

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  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

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 Population Median Family Income
Brewster 2,280 $75,331
Dennis 2,551 $95,530
Harwich 12,197 $81,049
Mashpee 14,027 $82,012
Sandwich 2,988 $93,438
Yarmouth 23,581 $71,210

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 10.7

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