Introduction to Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts

Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, in Dukes county, is 23 miles SE of New Bedford, Massachusetts (center to center) and 67 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts. It's a resort town situated along the northeast shoreline of Martha's Vineyard. It includes a steamship ferry port for boats arriving from the mainland. Tourists enjoy Oak Bluffs' beautiful beaches and the pleasant summer weather. It features the historic Gingerbread Cottages from the early days of the Methodist meetings.

The town includes the largest marina on Martha's Vineyard. The downtown features quality restaurants, unique shops, charming inns and numerous galleries. It has one of the most active nightlife scenes on the island. The town includes several communities that are popular for prosperous African Americans. Martha's Vineyard has a lot of summertime residents. The island is known for its celebrity residents and visitors.

Oak Bluffs History

The area was settled in 1642 and in 1880 was incorporated as Cottage City. Before it was incorporated it belonged to Edgartown. In 1907 it was renamed Oak Bluffs. The name was given due to the landscape including an oak grove situated on the bluffs. In the early years, the town was the primary tourist area on Martha's Vineyard while the the other communities were involved in industry.

Oak Bluffs was a major center of the flourishing 19th century Methodist movement. The site now called the Martha's Vineyard Campground Meeting Association was the location of popular summer Methodist meetings. Members built and stayed in what are now known as Gingerbread Cottages. Hundreds of the cottages were constructed.

Oak Bluffs Attractions

  • The Historic Gingerbread Cottages located in Martha's Vineyard Meeting Association site feature Carpenter Gothic style architecture
  • The Flying Horses Carousel is the oldest continuously operating platform carousel in the nation and is a National Historic Landmark
  • East Chop is a residential area which features prominent bluffs and includes the private East Chop Beach Club
  • The Tall Timbers is a distinctive gingerbread house
  • Harthaven
  • Eastville
  • The Tabernacle
  • Island Theatre
  • East Chop Lighthouse
  • Strand Theatre

Oak Bluffs Events

  • The Grand Illumination is an annual celebration that attracts a large crowd. Ornate Chinese lanterns are placed around the Gingerbread Cottages and the event includes a sing-along in the Tabernacle
  • The Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
  • Oak Bluffs Harbor Festival
  • The Annual Portuguese Feast is a notable event
  • The Oak Bluffs Monster Shark Tournament has been shown on ESPN
  • Chili Festival
  • August Fireman's Association Fireworks

Oak Bluffs Activities

The scenic beaches are very popular with tourists. Golf enthusiasts enjoy playing at one of the best golf courses on the island, the Farm Neck Golf Club. Chartered fishing expeditions are available. Oak Bluffs features a variety of quality restaurants. The area includes bicycle and walking trails. Circuit Avenue is a popular destination. Ocean, Hiawatha and Viera parks are enjoyed by residents and tourists. The Manuel F. Correllus State Forest features grasslands and wooded areas and is popular for bicycle riding and hiking.



Total Population4,647
Male Share of the Population47.5%
Female Share of the Population52.5%
Senior Citizens27.2%
Employed Population 16+2,179
Age of the Population45


% of people married51.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher40.5%
Median Earnings25+$53,587
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$42,179


Median Family Income$96,714
% Above Poverty Level87.8%
% Below Poverty Level12.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time12 minutes
% Working from Home7.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.1%
% Using Public Transportation2.5%


People Living Alone35.7%
Median Gross Rent$1,326
Median House Value$578,800


French Except Basque8.3%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)7.7%
Cape Verdean0.3%
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Oak Bluffs Almanac

County Dukes County
Standard Zip Codes2557
Phone Area Codes
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.45
Approximate Longitude-70.56

Oak Bluffs Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance5.4 miles
Jan Temp22 to 39 F
Apr Temp38 to 54 F
Jul Temp62 to 79 F
Oct Temp45 to 63 F
Annual Precip46 inches
Distance22.9 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
Distance29.2 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
West Tisbury2,306$92,522

Oak Bluffs Public Libraries

Oak Bluffs Public Library
Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
(508) 693-9433

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Oak Bluffs Hospitals

Martha's Vineyard Hospital
One Hospital Road

Oak Bluffs Public Schools

Martha's Vineyard Regional High
100 Edgartown-vineyard Haven R
ZIP: 2557
(508) 693-1033
Total Enrollment 687
Oak Bluffs Elementary
50 Tradewinds Road
ZIP: 2557
(508) 693-0951
Total Enrollment 411
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