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Overview

Introduction to Falmouth, Massachusetts

Falmouth, Massachusetts, in Barnstable county, is 17 miles E of New Bedford, Massachusetts and 60 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is in the Barnstable - Yarmouth area.

Falmouth History

English colonists settled in Falmouth in the year 1660. Settler Bartholomew Gosnold named the town "Falmouth" after his home town of Falmouth in Cornwall, England. The city was officially incorporated in 1686, when the principal economy revolved around farming, salt works, whaling, shipping, and sheep husbandry. The War of 1812 left its mark on Falmouth, as part of the city was bombarded by British frigates and ships of the line. The advent of trains in 1872 led to the establishment of the first summer homes. Today, the population of Falmouth decreses by over 50 percent during the winter months. The improvement of Falmouth's highways in the early 1900s led to a rapid development of the city. Falmouth is also famous as the birthplace of Katharine Lee Bates, the lyricist of "America the Beautiful."

Falmouth and nearby Attractions

  • The Old Stone Dock
  • Falmouth Townhall
  • Falmouth Historical Society
  • Morse Pond
  • Wesley Church

Things To Do In Falmouth

Travelers to Falmouth can pay a visit to the museums and art galleries in and around the city, like the Falmouth Historical Society, the Sandwich Glass Museum, the Cape Cod Children's Museum, and the Etherington Fine Art building. There are a number of other historical places like the Old Stone Dock and the Falmouth Townhall that one can visit. Falmouth also has quite a few beautiful creeks and lakes which make for ideal destinations to spend a day out with family and friends. There are many parks in the city, incluidng the Marine Park and the Fuller Field that offer amusement opportunities for adults and children alike. Every August, Falmouth is also home to the Falmouth Road Race, a 7.1 mile race that hosts over 8,000 people every year.

Falmouth Transportation

Air transportation is available from Marthas Vineyard Airport, after a short ferry ride back to Cape Cod.

Falmouth Higher Education

University Of Massachusetts-Dartmouth serves the area.

Demographics

People

Total Population3,730
Male Share of the Population44%
Female Share of the Population56%
Senior Citizens41.2%
Employed Population 16+1,522
Age of the Population61

Families

% of people married43.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher40.7%
Median Earnings25+$31,174
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,784

Wealth

Median Family Income$86,098
% Above Poverty Level90.1%
% Below Poverty Level9.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work12%
% Using Public Transportation3.8%

Housing

People Living Alone53.9%
Median Gross Rent$830
Median House Value$463,900

Ancestry

Irish24.3%
English14.7%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)14.6%
Italian9.1%
German6.9%
French Except Basque6.8%
West Indian4.1%
African4%
Cape Verdean4%
Jamaican3.9%
Canadian3.8%
Portuguese3.1%
Polish3.1%
Swedish2.6%
Austrian2%
Scottish1.5%
Belgian1.3%
Czech1.2%
Lithuanian1.1%
Russian0.9%
Norwegian0.9%
Danishn0.5%
Croatian0.5%
Greek0.4%
Slovak0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Albanian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Dutch0.2%
Latvian0.2%
New Zealand0.2%
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Falmouth Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Medium City 17 miles E of New Bedford, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City60 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Barnstable County
Metro AreaBarnstable - Yarmouth
Standard Zip Codes2540, 2543
P.O. Box Zip Codes2541
Phone Area Codes508,774
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude41.551
Longitude-70.615

Falmouth Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationEDGARTOWN
Distance12.7 miles
Jan Temp22 to 39 F
Apr Temp38 to 54 F
Jul Temp62 to 79 F
Oct Temp45 to 63 F
Annual Precip46 inches
StationNEW BEDFORD
Distance17.4 miles
Jan Temp20 to 37 F
Apr Temp38 to 56 F
Jul Temp65 to 83 F
Oct Temp46 to 63 F
Annual Precip50.7 inches
StationROCHESTER
Distance22.4 miles
Jan Temp19 to 38 F
Apr Temp37 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 63 F
Annual Precip49.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Edgartown649$72,813
Marion5,014$102,344
Mashpee14,080$86,719
Oak Bluffs4,647$96,714
Tisbury4,072$56,964
West Tisbury2,306$92,522

Falmouth Public Libraries

Falmouth Public Library
300 MAIN ST.
Falmouth, Massachusetts
(508) 457-2555

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Falmouth Hospitals

Falmouth Hospital
(Non-profit)
100 Ter Heun Drive
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Falmouth Public Schools

Falmouth High
874 Gifford St
(508) 540-2200
High
Total Enrollment 855
Lawrence
113 Lakeview Ave
(508) 548-0606
Middle
Total Enrollment 507
Morse Pond School
323 Jones Rd
(508) 548-7300
Middle
Total Enrollment 577
Mullen-hall
130 Katherine Bates
(508) 548-0220
Primary
Total Enrollment 491

Falmouth Private Schools

Falmouth Academy
7 Highfield Dr
Secondary
Total Enrollment 189

Falmouth Colleges

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