Introduction to Edgartown, Massachusetts

Edgartown, Massachusetts, in Dukes county, is 27 miles SE of New Bedford, Massachusetts (center to center) and 72 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts. The picturesque town is situated on the eastern end of Martha's Vineyard and is a popular tourist destination. It's bordered on the south by the Atlantic Ocean and includes Chappaquiddick Island. The town can easily be toured by walking or with bicycles. It's a notable yachting center and has the appearance of a seaport village from the early 19th century. The community features impressive, historic mansions and is surrounded by natural beauty.

Edgartown History

The English established settlements in 1642. It was originally known as Great Harbor. Edgartown and Tisbury were the two original communities located on Martha's Vineyard. The town was named in tribute to Edgar, the son of James II of England, who died at four years of age. During the 1800's Edgartown was a prosperous community and a prominent whaling port. Ship captains constructed huge mansions for their families. By the beginning of the 20th century the whaling industry in Edgartown was over.

Edgartown and nearby Attractions

  • Cannonball Park
  • Edgartown Lighthouse
  • The historic Thomas Cook House is a noteworthy museum
  • Water Street includes numerous historic "Captains' Homes"
  • Daniel Fisher House
  • The Whale Tail Sculpture is situated in the downtown area
  • Edgartown Yacht Club
  • Vincent House Museum
  • The historic Federated Church
  • The Vineyard Gazette is located in a notable historic structure
  • The well known historic Old Whaling Church has been converted into a performing arts center
  • Flying Horses Carousel
  • East Chop Light
  • Woods Hole Science Aquarium
  • Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Reserve
  • Cape Cod Mall
  • Katama Bay features impressive mansions and scenic views
  • World of Reptiles and Birds

Edgartown Activities

Edgartown features numerous beaches. South Beach, situated in Katama is a popular destination. Lighthouse Beach is known for calm waters and excellent views of the harbor. Bend-in-the-Road Beach is enjoyed by residents and tourists. Chappaquiddick Island features a wooded landscape and a few scenic beaches. The Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge is located on the eastern shore of the island.

Wasque and Cape Pogue are popular fishing locations. Felix Neck is a vast acreage and offers scenic trails. Pocha Pond and the channel which connects with Cape Poge Bay offers opportunities for paddling and canoeing. The Edgartown Great Pond is a notable location for canoeing and features an abundance of wildlife. Atria, Fernando's Restaurant, Letoile, Lattanzi's, Morning Glory Farm, Navigator Restaurant and the Seafood Shanty are some of the notable restaurants in Edgartown.

Edgartown Transportation

The town is served by the Martha's Vineyard Airport and the Katama Airpark.


Total Population 681
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 42.3%
Employed Population 16+ 279
Age of the Population 58


% of people married 41.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $73,385
% Above Poverty Level 96.2%
% Below Poverty Level 3.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 11 minutes
% Working from Home 6.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 46.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,591
Median House Value $851,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.7%
US/American 0%
English 17.5%
Irish 13.2%

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

Edgartown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 27 miles SE of New Bedford, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 72 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Dukes
Standard Zip Codes 02539
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.388
Longitude -70.513

Edgartown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.4 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 54 F
Jul Temp 62 to 79 F
Oct Temp 45 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46 inches
Distance 25.1 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
Distance 34.2 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Edgartown, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Chappaquiddick Island (02539)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Aquinnah 460 $69,821
Chilmark 1,051 $140,368
Oak Bluffs 4,626 $97,311
Tisbury 4,055 $49,395
West Tisbury 2,564 $77,216

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

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