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Overview

Introduction to Dennis, Massachusetts

Dennis, Massachusetts, in Barnstable county, is 28 miles SE of Plymouth, Massachusetts and 61 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is in the Barnstable-Yarmouth area.

Dennis History

Thomas Howes was the first settler in Dennis, arriving in 1639. The town was incorporated in 1793 and named Dennis in honor of Josiah Dennis, a residential minister. It developed a significant seafaring industry in its early days because of its lack of farmland.

Dennis and nearby Attractions

  • Water Wizz
  • Josiah Dennis Manse House
  • Tony Kent Arena
  • Cape Cod Rail Trail
  • Winslow Crocker House
  • Cape Museum of Fine Arts

Things To Do In Dennis

Dennis is popular as a seaside resort town. The warm waters of the Nantucket Sound and scenic views of the Cape Cod Bay coastline attract many visitors. Dennis has two beaches on freshwater lakes and sixteen on the seaside. Those interested in history would enjoy visiting the stately colonial mansions, the Cape Playhouse and the Cape Cinema.

Dennis Transportation

Barnstable Municipal is the nearest major airport.

Dennis Higher Education

Colleges located nearby Dennis include Cape Cop Community College and the University of Massachusetts.

Demographics

People

Total Population2,507
Male Share of the Population48.8%
Female Share of the Population51.2%
Senior Citizens46.8%
Employed Population 16+1,004
Age of the Population63

Families

% of people married70.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher49.5%
Median Earnings25+$37,727
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,962

Wealth

Median Family Income$92,854
% Above Poverty Level94.7%
% Below Poverty Level5.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time32 minutes
% Working from Home8.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.1%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone26%
Median Gross Rent$1,184
Median House Value$547,900

Ancestry

Irish21.6%
Italian18.9%
English14.9%
German7.9%
French Except Basque6.4%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)5.7%
Scottish5.6%
Portuguese4.4%
Polish4.4%
Swedish3.5%
Cape Verdean3%
African3%
Lithuanian1.5%
Greek1.2%
Welsh1.1%
Russian1.1%
Canadian1%
Danishn0.6%
US/American0.4%
Norwegian0.4%
Australian0.4%
Arab0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Albanian0.3%
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Dennis Almanac

CategoryValue
County Barnstable County
Standard Zip Codes2638
Phone Area Codes508,774
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.73
Approximate Longitude-70.2

Dennis Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationHYANNIS
Distance7.2 miles
Jan Temp21 to 37 F
Apr Temp38 to 52 F
Jul Temp63 to 78 F
Oct Temp44 to 61 F
Annual Precip43 inches
StationCHATHAM MUNICIPAL AP
Distance12.7 miles
Jan Temp24 to 38 F
Apr Temp39 to 50 F
Jul Temp62 to 75 F
Oct Temp47 to 60 F
Annual Precip46.7 inches
StationPROVINCETOWN
Distance21.8 miles
Jan Temp23 to 37 F
Apr Temp37 to 52 F
Jul Temp63 to 79 F
Oct Temp45 to 60 F
Annual Precip41.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Brewster2,088$75,345
Chatham1,429$88,750
Harwich12,167$87,266
Orleans1,937$75,449
Yarmouth23,548$70,594

Dennis Public Libraries

Dennis Memorial Library Assoc.
1020 OLD BASS RIVER RD.
Dennis, Massachusetts
(508) 385-2255

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