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Overview

Introduction to Harwich, Massachusetts

Harwich, Massachusetts, in Barnstable county, is 35 miles SE of Plymouth, Massachusetts and 68 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is considered part of the Barnstable - Yarmouth metropolitan area.

Harwich History

In 1670, the town of Harwich was first settled. At that time it was a part of the town of Yarmouth. Harwich was incorporated in 1694. Originally, it included the town of Brewster. Early industries of Harwich revolved around farming and fishing. The first cranberry industry was opened in 1846.

Harwich and nearby Attractions

  • Atlantic Ave Beach
  • Wixon Memorial Beach
  • Cape Cod Rail Trail
  • Heritage Museum and Gardens
  • Kreeger Pottery
  • Kennedy Gallery & Studios

Things To Do In Harwich

Harwich offers a number of recreational activities. The numerous beaches of the town are simply perfect for water sports, hiking and family day trips. The town also includes a number of antique shops, live theater performances, and band concerts. In addition, the town of Harwich is famous for its Cranberry Festival, which takes place during the month of September every year.

Harwich Transportation

Air transportation is available from Barnstable Muni-boardman/ Polando Field Airport.

Harwich Higher Education

The nearest college is University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Demographics

People

Total Population12,167
Male Share of the Population47.1%
Female Share of the Population52.9%
Senior Citizens30.4%
Employed Population 16+5,605
Age of the Population53

Families

% of people married54.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher44.6%
Median Earnings25+$40,458
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,125
Median Earnings With High School Degree$37,622

Wealth

Median Family Income$87,266
% Above Poverty Level92.7%
% Below Poverty Level7.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home6.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.6%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone33.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,075
Median House Value$376,400

Ancestry

Irish25.4%
English15.3%
Italian13.3%
German10.1%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)8.5%
Polish5%
French Except Basque5%
Scottish4.3%
Portuguese3%
Canadian2.6%
Swedish2.2%
Russian1.4%
Norwegian1.1%
Jamaican1.1%
West Indian1.1%
Dutch0.8%
Bulgarian0.7%
Greek0.7%
Finnish0.6%
African0.6%
Cape Verdean0.6%
Welsh0.5%
Danishn0.5%
US/American0.5%
Lithuanian0.5%
Arab0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Brazilian0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Austrian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Hungarian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Swiss0.1%
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Harwich Almanac

CategoryValue
County Barnstable County
Standard Zip Codes2645
Phone Area Codes508,774
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.69
Approximate Longitude-70.07

Harwich Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCHATHAM MUNICIPAL AP
Distance5.8 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
Distance25.8 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
StationNANTUCKET AP
Distance30.2 miles
Jan Temp25 to 39 F
Apr Temp38 to 51 F
Jul Temp62 to 75 F
Oct Temp47 to 61 F
Annual Precip37.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Brewster2,088$75,345
Chatham1,429$88,750
Dennis2,507$92,854
Eastham4,924$73,608
Orleans1,937$75,449
Yarmouth23,548$70,594

Harwich Public Libraries

Brooks Free Library
739 MAIN STREET
Harwich, Massachusetts
(508) 430-7562

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Harwich Public Schools

Harwich High School
75 Oak Street
ZIP: 2645
(508) 430-7207
Harwich Middle School
204 Sisson Road
ZIP: 2645
(508) 430-7212
Harwich Elementary School
263 South Street
ZIP: 2645
(508) 430-7216
Primary
Total Enrollment 600
Cape Cod Region Vocational Technical
351 Pleasant Lake Avenue
ZIP: 2645
(508) 432-4500
High
Total Enrollment 647
Monomoy Regional High School
75 Oak Street
ZIP: 2645
(508) 430-7207
High
Total Enrollment 625
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