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Overview

Introduction to Eastham, Massachusetts

Eastham, Massachusetts is 36 miles E of Plymouth, Massachusetts (center to center) and 66 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts.

Eastham History

Nauset Indians were the original settlers in this region. The community of Eastham, which was founded by Thomas Prence and a group of pilgrims from Plymouth, was officially incorporated in 1651. The towns of Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans, and a tiny portion of Chatham were originally included within the Eastham town. Railroads arrived in 1870, which enabled the shipping of asparagus, cranberries, oysters, cod, and mackerel. After the Cape Cod National Seashore was established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, Eastham became known as the "Gate" to this seashore.

Eastham and Nearby Attractions

  • Cape Cod National Seashore
  • Eastham Center Historic District
  • Wiley Park Beach
  • Cape Cod Museum of Fine Arts
  • Josiah Dennis House
  • Nickerson State Park

Things To Do In Eastham

Eastham has several sites that have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Nauset Light, also referred to as Nauset Beach Light, is a lighthouse on the Cape Cod National Seashore. Eastham Windmill, Cape Cod's oldest windmill, is also located in Eastham. The Schoolhouse Museum includes exhibits reflecting the historical and cultural background of the area. The Cape Cod Museum of Fine Arts has seven galleries which showcase the art of artists associated with Cape Cod and the Islands. The town of Eastham also includes a number of beaches such as Campground Beach, Boat Meadow Beach, Thumpertown Beach, Dyer Prince Beach, First Encounter Beach, and Sunken Meadow Beach. These beaches offer the opportunity for various games and other activities. Hiking and cycling can also be enjoyed on the Doane Loop Trail, the Buttonbush Trail, and the Red Maple Swamp Trail. The community celebrates the Hands on the Arts Festival every year.

Eastham Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Logan International Airport.

Eastham Higher Education

The Bridgewater State College, University of Massachusetts, and Massasoit Community College are all located close to Eastham.

People

Total Population 4,923
Male Share of the Population 46.3%
Female Share of the Population 53.7%
Senior Citizens 32.3%
Employed Population 16+ 2,377
Age of the Population 56

Families

% of people married 57.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 46.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $72,071
% Above Poverty Level 94.4%
% Below Poverty Level 5.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,107
Median House Value $434,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.6%
US/American 0%
English 26.3%
Irish 19.7%

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

Eastham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 36 miles E of Plymouth, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 66 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Barnstable
Metro Area Barnstable - Yarmouth
Standard Zip Codes 02642
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.83
Longitude -69.974

Eastham 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 11.3 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 18.6 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 NANTUCKET AP
Distance 40.4 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 2,280 $75,331
Chatham 1,516 $88,906
Harwich 12,197 $81,049
Orleans 1,669 $75,667
Wellfleet 3,109 $46,517
Yarmouth 23,581 $71,210

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

Eastham Public Libraries

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Eastham Public Library
190 SAMOSET ROAD
Eastham, Massachusetts
(508) 240-5950
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Eastham High Schools

NAUSET REGIONAL HIGH
100 CABLE RD
508-255-1505
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,069 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.1

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