Eastham, Massachusetts

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Eastham, Massachusetts

Introduction to Eastham, Massachusetts

Eastham, Massachusetts is 36 miles E of Plymouth, Massachusetts (center to center) and 66 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts. The population of Eastham is 5,453.

Eastham History

Nauset Indians were the original settlers in this region. The community of Eastham, which was founded by Thomas Prence and a group of pilgrims from Plymouth, was officially incorporated in 1651. The towns of Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans, and a tiny portion of Chatham were originally included within the Eastham town. Railroads arrived in 1870, which enabled the shipping of asparagus, cranberries, oysters, cod, and mackerel. After the Cape Cod National Seashore was established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, Eastham became known as the "Gate" to this seashore.

Eastham and Nearby Attractions

  • Cape Cod National Seashore
  • Eastham Center Historic District
  • Wiley Park Beach
  • Cape Cod Museum of Fine Arts
  • Josiah Dennis House
  • Nickerson State Park

Things To Do In Eastham

Eastham has several sites that have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Nauset Light, also referred to as Nauset Beach Light, is a lighthouse on the Cape Cod National Seashore. Eastham Windmill, Cape Cod's oldest windmill, is also located in Eastham. The Schoolhouse Museum includes exhibits reflecting the historical and cultural background of the area. The Cape Cod Museum of Fine Arts has seven galleries which showcase the art of artists associated with Cape Cod and the Islands. The town of Eastham also includes a number of beaches such as Campground Beach, Boat Meadow Beach, Thumpertown Beach, Dyer Prince Beach, First Encounter Beach, and Sunken Meadow Beach. These beaches offer the opportunity for various games and other activities. Hiking and cycling can also be enjoyed on the Doane Loop Trail, the Buttonbush Trail, and the Red Maple Swamp Trail. The community celebrates the Hands on the Arts Festival every year.

Eastham Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Logan International Airport.

Eastham Higher Education

The Bridgewater State College, University of Massachusetts, and Massasoit Community College are all located close to Eastham.

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High Points

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

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Short Commute Times
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Top 15% Eastham Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Eastham, Massachusetts

Comparing Eastham 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
to State
Age of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 10 10
Male Share of the Population 6 5
Well-Paid Single Men 6 2
Well-Paid Single Women 6 2
Female Share of the Population 5 7
Racial Diversity 2 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 4
Average Household Size 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 8 6
People in Middle Class or Better 7 3
People Above Poverty 6 3
Median Family Income 6 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 8
Short Commute Times 6 9
Public Transportation Use 5 4
Walking and Biking to Work 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Housing Recently Built 8 9
People Living Alone 5 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 8
Affordability of Rents 3 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 2

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Eastham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 36 miles E of Plymouth, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 66 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Barnstable
Metro Area Barnstable - Yarmouth
Standard Zip Codes 02642
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.83
Longitude -69.974

Eastham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 11.3 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 38 F
Apr Temp 39 to 50 F
Jul Temp 62 to 75 F
Oct Temp 47 to 60 F
Annual Precip 46.7 inches
Distance 18.6 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 37 F
Apr Temp 37 to 52 F
Jul Temp 63 to 79 F
Oct Temp 45 to 60 F
Annual Precip 41.9 inches
Distance 40.4 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 51 F
Jul Temp 62 to 75 F
Oct Temp 47 to 61 F
Annual Precip 37.4 inches
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Eastham Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,453 100%
Male 2,637 48.4%
Female 2,816 51.6%
Under 18 965 17.7%
18+ 4,488 82.3%
65+ 1,419 26%
Median Age 47.6
Average Family Size 2.66
White 5,252 96.3%
African-American 81 1.5%
Asian 17 0.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 8 0.1%
Other 16 0.3%
Mixed Race 77 1.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 45 0.8%

Estimated Eastham Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,551
Growth 98
Growth % 1.8%

Eastham 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 20%
English 18.6%
Italian 10.4%
German 8.5%
French (except Basque) 6.6%
US/American 5.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.5%
Scotch-Irish 3.4%
Polish 3.2%
Scottish 3.1%
Swedish 3.1%
Portuguese 2.7%
Norwegian 1.9%
British 1%
French Canadian 1%
Dutch 1%
Greek 0.9%
European 0.9%
Welsh 0.8%
Hungarian 0.7%
Slovak 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Armenian 0.4%
Scandinavian 0.4%
Swiss 0.3%
Northern European 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Eastham 5,453 $51,269
Brewster 10,094 $57,174
Chatham 6,625 $56,750
Harwich 12,386 $51,070
Orleans 6,341 $62,909
Wellfleet 2,749 $50,990
Yarmouth 24,807 $48,148

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Eastham Public Library
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(508) 240-5950
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Eastham High Schools (2004)

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Serves 1,069 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.1

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