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Overview

Introduction to Harwich, Massachusetts

Harwich, Massachusetts, in Barnstable county, is 35 miles SE of Plymouth, Massachusetts and 68 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is considered part of the Barnstable - Yarmouth metropolitan area.

Harwich History

In 1670, the town of Harwich was first settled. At that time it was a part of the town of Yarmouth. Harwich was incorporated in 1694. Originally, it included the town of Brewster. Early industries of Harwich revolved around farming and fishing. The first cranberry industry was opened in 1846.

Harwich and nearby Attractions

  • Atlantic Ave Beach
  • Wixon Memorial Beach
  • Cape Cod Rail Trail
  • Heritage Museum and Gardens
  • Kreeger Pottery
  • Kennedy Gallery & Studios

Things To Do In Harwich

Harwich offers a number of recreational activities. The numerous beaches of the town are simply perfect for water sports, hiking and family day trips. The town also includes a number of antique shops, live theater performances, and band concerts. In addition, the town of Harwich is famous for its Cranberry Festival, which takes place during the month of September every year.

Harwich Transportation

Air transportation is available from Barnstable Muni-boardman/ Polando Field Airport.

Harwich Higher Education

The nearest college is University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

People

Total Population 12,197
Male Share of the Population 45.8%
Female Share of the Population 54.2%
Senior Citizens 29.6%
Employed Population 16+ 5,400
Age of the Population 52

Families

% of people married 56.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 43.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $81,049
% Above Poverty Level 93%
% Below Poverty Level 7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 6.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,109
Median House Value $369,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.5%
US/American 0.4%
English 14.8%
Irish 24.6%

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

Harwich Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 35 miles SE of Plymouth, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 68 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Barnstable
Metro Area Barnstable - Yarmouth
Standard Zip Codes 02645
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.686
Longitude -70.076

Harwich 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 CHATHAM MUNICIPAL AP
Distance 5.8 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
Station PROVINCETOWN
Distance 25.8 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
Station NANTUCKET AP
Distance 30.2 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Hardwich (02645)

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
Chatham 1,516 $88,906
Dennis 2,551 $95,530
Eastham 4,923 $72,071
Orleans 1,669 $75,667
Yarmouth 23,581 $71,210

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

Harwich Public Libraries

Library
Brooks Free Library
739 MAIN STREET
Harwich, Massachusetts
(508) 430-7562

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Harwich High Schools

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CAPE COD REGION VOC TECH
PLEASANT LAKE AVENUE
508-432-4500
A Vocational School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 699 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.5

HARWICH HIGH
75 OAK STREET
508-430-7207
Serves 427 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.3

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