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Overview

Introduction to Falmouth, Massachusetts

Falmouth, Massachusetts, in Barnstable county, is 17 miles E of New Bedford, Massachusetts and 60 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is in the Barnstable - Yarmouth area.

Falmouth History

English colonists settled in Falmouth in the year 1660. Settler Bartholomew Gosnold named the town "Falmouth" after his home town of Falmouth in Cornwall, England. The city was officially incorporated in 1686, when the principal economy revolved around farming, salt works, whaling, shipping, and sheep husbandry. The War of 1812 left its mark on Falmouth, as part of the city was bombarded by British frigates and ships of the line. The advent of trains in 1872 led to the establishment of the first summer homes. Today, the population of Falmouth decreses by over 50 percent during the winter months. The improvement of Falmouth's highways in the early 1900s led to a rapid development of the city. Falmouth is also famous as the birthplace of Katharine Lee Bates, the lyricist of "America the Beautiful."

Falmouth and nearby Attractions

  • The Old Stone Dock
  • Falmouth Townhall
  • Falmouth Historical Society
  • Morse Pond
  • Wesley Church

Things To Do In Falmouth

Travelers to Falmouth can pay a visit to the museums and art galleries in and around the city, like the Falmouth Historical Society, the Sandwich Glass Museum, the Cape Cod Children's Museum, and the Etherington Fine Art building. There are a number of other historical places like the Old Stone Dock and the Falmouth Townhall that one can visit. Falmouth also has quite a few beautiful creeks and lakes which make for ideal destinations to spend a day out with family and friends. There are many parks in the city, incluidng the Marine Park and the Fuller Field that offer amusement opportunities for adults and children alike. Every August, Falmouth is also home to the Falmouth Road Race, a 7.1 mile race that hosts over 8,000 people every year.

Falmouth Transportation

Air transportation is available from Marthas Vineyard Airport, after a short ferry ride back to Cape Cod.

Falmouth Higher Education

University Of Massachusetts-Dartmouth serves the area.

People

Total Population 3,487
Male Share of the Population 43.3%
Female Share of the Population 56.7%
Senior Citizens 40.7%
Employed Population 16+ 1,374
Age of the Population 61

Families

% of people married 40.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 40.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $82,500
% Above Poverty Level 89.8%
% Below Poverty Level 10.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8.5%
% Using Public Transportation 3.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 58%
Median Gross Rent $893
Median House Value $448,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.6%
US/American 0.2%
English 16%
Irish 26.4%

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

Falmouth Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 17 miles E of New Bedford, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 60 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Barnstable
Metro Area Barnstable - Yarmouth
Standard Zip Codes 02540, 02543
P.O. Box Zip Codes 02541
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.551
Longitude -70.615

Falmouth Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station EDGARTOWN
Distance 12.7 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
Station NEW BEDFORD
Distance 17.4 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 56 F
Jul Temp 65 to 83 F
Oct Temp 46 to 63 F
Annual Precip 50.7 inches
Station ROCHESTER
Distance 22.4 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Woodshole (02543)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Edgartown 681 $73,385
Marion 4,979 $94,412
Mashpee 14,027 $82,012
Oak Bluffs 4,626 $97,311
Tisbury 4,055 $49,395
West Tisbury 2,564 $77,216

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

Falmouth Public Libraries

Library
Falmouth Public Library
123 KATHARINE LEE BATES ROAD
Falmouth, Massachusetts
(508) 457-2555
Library Web Site

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Falmouth Hospitals

FALMOUTH HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
67 & 100 TER HEUN DRIVE
(508) 548-5300
Emergency Service: Yes

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Falmouth High Schools

FALMOUTH HIGH
874 GIFFORD STREET
508-540-2200
Serves 1,282 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

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