Introduction to Orleans, Massachusetts

Orleans, Massachusetts, in Barnstable county, is 36 miles E of Plymouth, Massachusetts and 67 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is conveniently located inside the Barnstable-Yarmouth metropolitan area. There are an estimated 6,341 people in Orleans.

Orleans History

The first permanent European settlers were pilgrims from the Plymouth colony who were unhappy with the small, infertile land that had been allotted to them. They arrived in Orleans in 1693, when it was a part of the southern parish of Eastham. In 1787, Orleans was incorporated. Orleans was named after Louis Philippe II, the Duke of Orleans, on account of France’s support to the colonies during the American Revolution.

Orleans and nearby Attractions

  • Cape Museum of Fine Arts
  • Josiah Dennis House
  • Cape Cod National Seashore
  • French Cable Station Museum
  • Zooquarium
  • Skaket Beach

Things To Do In Orleans

Nearby museums include the Cape Cod Discovery Museum, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and the Cape Museum of Fine Arts. Historical sites include the Josiah Dennis House and the Seth Nickerson House. The French Cable Station Museum, located in Orleans, was an important American landmark during World War I. Local beaches include Skaket Beach and Nauset Beach.

Orleans Transportation

Boston Logan International is the nearest major airport.

Orleans Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include Bridgewater State College, the University of Massachusetts, Massasoit Community College and Quincy College.


Total Population 1,531
Male Share of the Population 53.5%
Female Share of the Population 46.5%
Senior Citizens 40%
Employed Population 16+ 703
Age of the Population 62


% of people married 44.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 38.5%
Median Earnings25+ $24,167
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,707


Median Family Income $54,659
% Above Poverty Level 93.3%
% Below Poverty Level 6.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 10.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.3%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 58%
Median Gross Rent $967
Median House Value $375,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.2%
US/American 0%
English 21.1%
Irish 21.7%

Orleans Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 36 miles E of Plymouth, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 67 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Barnstable
Metro Area Barnstable - Yarmouth
Standard Zip Codes 02653
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.789
Longitude -69.99

Orleans Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 8.6 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 20.6 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 37.5 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brewster 2,306 $89,712
Chatham 1,470 $89,167
Eastham 4,932 $72,533
Harwich 12,205 $79,538
Wellfleet 3,011 $46,855
Yarmouth 23,680 $68,395

Orleans Public Libraries

Snow Library
Orleans, Massachusetts
(508) 240-3760
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