Edgartown, Massachusetts

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Edgartown, Massachusetts

Introduction to Edgartown, Massachusetts

Edgartown, Massachusetts, in Dukes county, is 27 miles SE of New Bedford, Massachusetts (center to center) and 72 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts. The picturesque town is situated on the eastern end of Martha's Vineyard and is a popular tourist destination. It's bordered on the south by the Atlantic Ocean and includes Chappaquiddick Island. The town can easily be toured by walking or with bicycles. It's a notable yachting center and has the appearance of a seaport village from the early 19th century. The community features impressive, historic mansions and is surrounded by natural beauty.

Edgartown History

The English established settlements in 1642. It was originally known as Great Harbor. Edgartown and Tisbury were the two original communities located on Martha's Vineyard. The town was named in tribute to Edgar, the son of James II of England, who died at four years of age. During the 1800's Edgartown was a prosperous community and a prominent whaling port. Ship captains constructed huge mansions for their families. By the beginning of the 20th century the whaling industry in Edgartown was over.

Edgartown and nearby Attractions

  • Cannonball Park.
  • Edgartown Lighthouse.
  • The historic Thomas Cook House is a noteworthy museum.
  • Water Street includes numerous historic "Captains' Homes."
  • Daniel Fisher House.
  • The Whale Tail Sculpture is situated in the downtown area.
  • Edgartown Yacht Club.
  • Vincent House Museum.
  • The historic Federated Church.
  • The Vineyard Gazette is located in a notable historic structure.
  • The well known historic Old Whaling Church has been converted into a performing arts center.
  • Flying Horses Carousel.
  • East Chop Light.
  • Woods Hole Science Aquarium.
  • Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Reserve.
  • Cape Cod Mall.
  • Katama Bay features impressive mansions and scenic views.
  • World of Reptiles and Birds.

Edgartown Activities

Edgartown features numerous beaches. South Beach, situated in Katama is a popular destination. Lighthouse Beach is known for calm waters and excellent views of the harbor. Bend-in-the-Road Beach is enjoyed by residents and tourists. Chappaquiddick Island features a wooded landscape and a few scenic beaches. The Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge is located on the eastern shore of the island.

Wasque and Cape Pogue are popular fishing locations. Felix Neck is a vast acreage and offers scenic trails. Pocha Pond and the channel which connects with Cape Poge Bay offers opportunities for paddling and canoeing. The Edgartown Great Pond is a notable location for canoeing and features an abundance of wildlife. Atria, Fernando's Restaurant, Letoile, Lattanzi's, Morning Glory Farm, Navigator Restaurant and the Seafood Shanty are some of the notable restaurants in Edgartown.

Edgartown Transportation

The town is served by the Martha's Vineyard Airport and the Katama Airpark.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Edgartown Well-Paid Single Men
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Edgartown Walking and Biking to Work
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Edgartown Short Commute Times
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Edgartown Well-Paid Single Women
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 8% Edgartown Affordability of Property Taxes
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Edgartown College Educated Adults
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Edgartown Low Rate of Poverty
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Edgartown Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Edgartown People in Middle Class or Better
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Edgartown Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Edgartown, Massachusetts

Comparing Edgartown 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
Well-Paid Single Men 10 8
Well-Paid Single Women 10 7
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Age of the Population 8 8
Racial Diversity 6 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 5
Senior Citizens 3 5
Female Share of the Population 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 4 2
Portion of People Married 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 7
People Above Poverty 9 6
Median Family Income 9 3
People in Middle Class or Better 9 4

Commute & Sprawl

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Housing Recently Built 9 10
People Living Alone 7 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 10
Affordability of Rents 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 8 8
Low Property Crime 5 2

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Edgartown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 27 miles SE of New Bedford, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 72 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Dukes
Standard Zip Codes 02539
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.388
Longitude -70.513

Edgartown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 0.4 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 54 F
Jul Temp 62 to 79 F
Oct Temp 45 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46 inches
Distance 25.1 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
Distance 34.2 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
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Edgartown Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 3,779 100%
Male 1,912 50.6%
Female 1,867 49.4%
Under 18 843 22.3%
18+ 2,936 77.7%
65+ 477 12.6%
Median Age 40.3
Average Family Size 2.92
White 3,527 93.3%
African-American 67 1.8%
Asian 20 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 17 0.4%
Other 58 1.5%
Mixed Race 88 2.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 44 1.2%

Estimated Edgartown Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 3,935
Growth 156
Growth % 4.1%

Edgartown 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
English 20.4%
Irish 13.3%
Portuguese 10.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.1%
Italian 7%
US/American 5.2%
French (except Basque) 4.4%
Scottish 3.8%
Brazilian 3.8%
German 3.7%
Polish 3.4%
Swedish 3.3%
Scotch-Irish 2.4%
Welsh 1.4%
Armenian 1.3%
Canadian 1.2%
British 1.2%
Dutch 1.2%
French Canadian 1.1%
Arab/Arabic 0.8%
European 0.5%
Austrian 0.5%
Jamaican 0.5%
Russian 0.5%
Northern European 0.4%
Estonian 0.3%
Eastern European 0.3%
Norwegian 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Chappaquiddick Island (02539)

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)
Edgartown 3,779 $55,153
Aquinnah 344 $46,458
Barnstable 47,821 $54,026
Chilmark 843 $63,750
Oak Bluffs 3,713 $53,841
Tisbury 3,755 $53,051
West Tisbury 2,467 $59,514

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