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Overview

Introduction to Provincetown, Massachusetts

Provincetown, Massachusetts, in Barnstable county, is 26 miles E of Plymouth, Massachusetts (center to center) and 49 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts. It's situated at the tip of Cape Cod and bordered by Cape Cod Bay on the south. The scenic town is well known for excellent beaches, tourism, a thriving arts scene and for its gay community. Provincetown is also known as a gay summer resort. The town includes a large number of artists. The population significantly increases during the summer tourist season.

Provincetown History

The Nauset Indians were the original inhabitants. The Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact in 1620 after they arrived at Provincetown Harbor. The Pilgrims created their community on the other side of the bay in Plymouth. In 1727 the town was incorporated by English settlers. After the American Revolution ended the town became a prominent location for fishing and whaling. A large number of Portuguese who worked on the ships decided to make Provincetown their home.

By 1890 the town was thriving and included a large community of writers and artists. It also became a flourishing summer tourist resort. During the mid-1960's the population significantly increased, partly due to the numerous hippies that relocated to Provincetown. During the mid-1970's the town developed a sizeable gay community.

Provincetown Attractions

  • The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum features a notable tower made from granite.
  • Provincetown features an historic district which is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Commercial Street offers numerous restaurants, galleries and unique shops.
  • Race Point Lighthouse.
  • Provincetown Art Association and Museum.
  • Whydah Museum.

Provincetown Attractions

  • Provincetown Jazz Festival.
  • The Fantasia Fair is popular with transvestites and transsexuals.
  • Provincetown Repertory Theatre.
  • The Provincetown Art Collection includes items from artists who have lived in the community.
  • The Portuguese Festival and Blessing of the Fleet.
  • Provincetown Fringe Festival.
  • New Provincetown Players.
  • Shakespeare on the Cape.
  • Golddust Orphans is a popular theater company.
  • Portuguese Festival.
  • PBG's Carnival Week.

Provincetown Activities

Boating, fishing and whale watching are popular activities. Tourists enjoy visiting the Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod. Visitors can take excursions to the local sand dunes. Bird watching is popular in the Cape Cod area. Race Point Beach, Herring Cove, Long Point and Town Beaches are popular destinations for residents and tourists.

The Province Lands Visitor Center provides scenic views, guided tours and a bicycle riding loop. A bicycle trail begins in the West End and traverses through the dunes and reaches the Race Point in the National Seashore. The Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill provides lessons in arts and crafts.

Provincetown Transportation

The community is home to the Provincetown Municipal Airport. Seasonal Ferries provide transportation to Boston and Plymouth.

People

Total Population 2,777
Male Share of the Population 57.6%
Female Share of the Population 42.4%
Senior Citizens 24.6%
Employed Population 16+ 1,557
Age of the Population 54

Families

% of people married 19.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 51.3%
Median Earnings25+ $30,951
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,500
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,606

Wealth

Median Family Income $58,750
% Above Poverty Level 87.7%
% Below Poverty Level 12.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 7.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 21.8%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 51.4%
Median Gross Rent $970
Median House Value $482,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.1%
US/American 0.6%
English 15.6%
Irish 16.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Provincetown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 26 miles E of Plymouth, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 49 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Barnstable
Metro Area Barnstable - Yarmouth
Standard Zip Codes 02657
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.058
Longitude -70.179

Provincetown 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 PROVINCETOWN
Distance 0.6 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
Station CHATHAM MUNICIPAL AP
Distance 29.2 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
Station HINGHAM
Distance 39.7 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 81 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brewster 2,306 $89,712
Eastham 4,932 $72,533
Orleans 1,531 $54,659
Truro 1,738 $61,372
Wellfleet 3,011 $46,855
Yarmouth 23,680 $68,395

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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