Falmouth, Massachusetts

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Falmouth, Massachusetts

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. There are 32,660 residents in Falmouth.

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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 12% Falmouth Walking and Biking to Work
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 18% Falmouth Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Falmouth, Massachusetts

Comparing Falmouth 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
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 8 7
Well-Paid Single Men 7 6
Male Share of the Population 1 1
Racial Diversity 1 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 8 7
People in Middle Class or Better 7 4
People Above Poverty 7 3
Median Family Income 6 4

Commute & Sprawl

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
People Living Alone 7 9
Housing Recently Built 7 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 9
Affordability of Rents 4 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 7 1

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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
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Falmouth Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 32,660 100%
Male 15,252 46.7%
Female 17,408 53.3%
Under 18 6,764 20.7%
18+ 25,896 79.3%
65+ 7,338 22.5%
Median Age 45
Average Family Size 2.84
White 30,502 93.4%
African-American 593 1.8%
Asian 300 0.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 168 0.5%
Other 469 1.4%
Mixed Race 623 1.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 417 1.3%

Estimated Falmouth Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 33,644
Growth 984
Growth % 3%

Falmouth 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 22.7%
English 14.5%
Portuguese 9.6%
Italian 7.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.3%
German 5.6%
US/American 4.3%
French (except Basque) 4.1%
Polish 3%
French Canadian 3%
Cape Verdean 2.5%
Swedish 2.2%
Scottish 1.9%
Scotch-Irish 1.5%
Russian 1.4%
Greek 1.1%
Dutch 0.9%
Canadian 0.8%
Norwegian 0.6%
European 0.5%
Lebanese 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Welsh 0.5%
Armenian 0.5%
Swiss 0.4%
Finnish 0.4%
British 0.4%
Czech 0.3%
Brazilian 0.2%
Australian 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
Celtic 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Falmouth 32,660 $57,422
Edgartown 3,779 $55,153
Marion 5,123 $74,265
Mashpee 12,946 $56,702
Oak Bluffs 3,713 $53,841
Tisbury 3,755 $53,051
West Tisbury 2,467 $59,514

Falmouth Public Libraries

Falmouth Public Library
Falmouth, Massachusetts
(508) 457-2555
Library Web Site

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Falmouth Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(508) 548-5300
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Falmouth

(As of 2005)
28 Davis Straights/ Route 28
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1. Barnstable, Massachusetts 92.2   27.7% 20.1% 32.2% 24 $54,026 5.2% 8.1% 47,821 8.8% 27 19% 6
2. Yarmouth, Massachusetts 91.3   34.1% 30.1% 26.2% 22 $48,148 4.4% 4.8% 24,807 7.5% 22.3 27.4% 5.2
3. Dennis, Massachusetts 89   33.3% 28.4% 31% 22 $50,478 3.8% 5% 15,973 7% 24.9 42.7% 5
4. Tarpon Springs, Florida 88.1   29.9% 24.8% 20.5% 30 $46,316 5.2% 9.9% 21,003 9.8% 38 8.4% 7.3
5. Jupiter, Florida 87   25.8% 18.9% 34.7% 24 $64,873 5.2% 5.1% 39,328 4.8% 36.1 14.4% 4.7
6. New Smyrna Beach, Florida 84.7   34.4% 34.9% 22.9% 25 $43,409 3.1% 8.4% 20,048 10.8% 44.5 21% 5.1
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9. Hollywood, Florida 78.9   34.5% 17.3% 21.9% 28 $44,849 5.9% 21.6% 139,357 13.2% 49.5 7.2% 6
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