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Sandwich, Massachusetts


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Sandwich, Massachusetts

Introduction to Sandwich, Massachusetts

Sandwich, Massachusetts is 16 miles SE of Plymouth, Massachusetts and 50 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts. It is in Barnstable county. The town is part of the Barnstable - Yarmouth metro area. The population of Sandwich is 20,136.

Sandwich History

Sandwich was settled by the pilgrims in 1634. They arrived in this area with 10 people and founded a settlement with the mission of worshipping freely and producing cotton. The name was based on a seaport in Kent, England named Sandwich. Though the town initially depended upon agriculture and fishing, at present it is recognized as a tourist spot.

Sandwich and nearby Attractions

  • Wing Fort House
  • Heritage Museums and Gardens
  • Thornton Burgess Museum
  • Sandwich Glass Museum
  • Hoxie House
  • Dexter Grist Mill

Things To Do In Sandwich

Being one of the oldest towns in Cape Cod, Sandwich is quite renowned for its antique shops and rare book stores. It is also famous for glassware produced in the 19th century. There are a number of interesting places in and around Sandwich. One can visit the Heritage Museums and Gardens which is spread over 76 acres and has an excellent collection of historical items as well as over a thousand varieties of plants. The Cape of Cod Canal is a nice place for going on long walks, biking, rollerblading and fishing.

Sandwich Transportation

Air transportation is available from Martha’s Vineyard Airport.

Sandwich Higher Education

Cape Cod Community college provides adult education in West Barstable, and the University of Massachusetts offers facilities for higher studies just off the Cape in Dartmouth, Mass.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Sandwich Low Rate of Poverty
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Sandwich Low Property Crime
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Sandwich College Educated Adults
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Sandwich People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of Sandwich, Massachusetts

Comparing Sandwich 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
Compared
to State
Age of the Population 8 7
Well-Paid Single Men 8 6
Well-Paid Single Women 8 5
Male Share of the Population 7 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 7
Senior Citizens 5 6
Female Share of the Population 4 6
Racial Diversity 1 2

Families

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Portion of People Married 9 8
Average Household Size 8 7

Wealth

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
People Above Poverty 9 8
College Educated Adults 9 7
People in Middle Class or Better 9 7
Median Family Income 8 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Working at Home 10 8
Public Transportation Use 8 7
Short Commute Times 2 4
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1

Housing

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 9
Housing Recently Built 9 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 4
People Living Alone 3 4
Affordability of Rents 2 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 2

Crime

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Low Property Crime 9 5
Low Violent Crime 4 3

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Sandwich Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 16 miles SE of Plymouth, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 50 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Barnstable
Metro Area Barnstable - Yarmouth
Standard Zip Codes 02563, 02644
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.758
Longitude -70.494

Sandwich 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 EAST WAREHAM
Distance 8.9 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 54 F
Jul Temp 64 to 80 F
Oct Temp 43 to 61 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Station HYANNIS
Distance 11.9 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 52 F
Jul Temp 63 to 78 F
Oct Temp 44 to 61 F
Annual Precip 43 inches
Station PLYMOUTH-KINGSTON
Distance 18.8 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 82 F
Oct Temp 44 to 63 F
Annual Precip 51 inches
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Sandwich Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 20,136 100%
Male 9,783 48.6%
Female 10,353 51.4%
Under 18 5,713 28.4%
18+ 14,423 71.6%
65+ 2,757 13.7%
Median Age 39.5
Average Family Size 3.18
White 19,683 97.8%
African-American 77 0.4%
Asian 109 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 62 0.3%
Other 65 0.3%
Mixed Race 138 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 161 0.8%

Estimated Sandwich Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 20,726
Growth 590
Growth % 2.9%

Sandwich 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 27.5%
English 14.5%
Italian 11.7%
US/American 5.8%
German 5.5%
French (except Basque) 4.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.8%
Scottish 3.7%
French Canadian 3.6%
Polish 2.9%
Portuguese 2.6%
Scotch-Irish 2.1%
Swedish 1.9%
Greek 0.9%
Dutch 0.9%
Russian 0.8%
Norwegian 0.8%
Finnish 0.7%
Canadian 0.7%
British 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.6%
Cape Verdean 0.5%
Welsh 0.5%
Danish 0.5%
Syrian 0.4%
Hungarian 0.2%
Latvian 0.2%
European 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Sandwich 20,136 $66,553
Barnstable 47,821 $54,026
Bourne 18,721 $51,603
Marion 5,123 $74,265
Mashpee 12,946 $56,702
Wareham 20,335 $45,750
Yarmouth 24,807 $48,148

Sandwich Public Libraries

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Sandwich Free Public Library
142 MAIN STREET
Sandwich, Massachusetts
(508) 888-0625

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Sandwich High Schools (2004)

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

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1. Belchertown, Massachusetts 89.1   20.2% 8.8% 31.5% 29 $60,830 6.8% 3.9% 12,968 5.9% 13.8 1% 2.5
2. Halifax, Massachusetts 89   21.3% 12.8% 21.2% 37 $65,461 6.9% 1.9% 7,500 3.3% 6.9 1.3% 2.1
3. Plymouth, Massachusetts 89   21.7% 11.2% 26.4% 36 $63,266 6.7% 5.2% 51,701 5.4% 21.3 10.6% 2.5
4. Mendon, Massachusetts 88.4   16.2% 8.4% 35.9% 31 $79,337 7.9% 2% 5,286 4% 10.2 0.8% 1.5
5. Rowley, Massachusetts 87.9   20.1% 9.4% 36.1% 31 $75,527 7.1% 1.6% 5,500 4.1% 6 0.9% 1.8
6. Southampton, Massachusetts 87.2   16.9% 10% 31.3% 26 $64,960 5.5% 1.7% 5,387 2.4% 9.3 1.1% 3
7. Ashburnham, Massachusetts 86.8   15.4% 8.9% 26.1% 32 $58,993 6% 2.3% 5,546 6.4% 17.3 9.4% 1.8
8. Sturbridge, Massachusetts 86.3   23.6% 13.4% 34.2% 32 $64,455 6% 2.9% 7,837 6.1% 26.7 5.8% 2.3
9. Lakeway, Texas 85.5   16.5% 16.5% 56.6% 33 $94,266 5.7% 3.6% 8,002 3.1% 19.8 7.1% 1.9
10. North Kingstown, Rhode Island 85.2   22.4% 11.8% 40.3% 26 $69,559 6.9% 4.3% 26,326 7.1% 16.9 2.5% 1.6
11. Middleborough, Massachusetts 85   20.3% 10.3% 19.6% 31 $59,173 7% 3.9% 19,941 5.5% 18.6 0.7% 2.5
12. Southwick, Massachusetts 85   22.1% 11.7% 21.4% 27 $64,456 6.3% 2.6% 8,835 6.1% 15.5 1.3% 2.6
13. Coventry, Rhode Island 84.7   21.2% 13% 19.8% 26 $60,315 6.4% 2.4% 33,668 5.2% 12.2 1.5% 1.7
14. Southside, Alabama 82.3   16.4% 10.8% 20.9% 27 $58,427 5.9% 1.9% 7,036 3.6% 14.5 0.9% 1.6
15. Amesbury, Massachusetts 82.1   27% 12% 26.4% 29 $62,875 6.7% 2.8% 16,450 5.9% 12.1 0.8% 3.5
16. Leicester, Massachusetts 81.8   21.9% 12.4% 20.3% 27 $64,202 5.9% 3.7% 10,471 4.3% 12.5 0.9% 2
17. Monson, Massachusetts 81.8   22.5% 10.9% 22.5% 30 $58,607 6.2% 2.3% 8,359 5.6% 14 0.9% 2.4
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