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Overview

Introduction to Orleans, Massachusetts

Orleans, Massachusetts, in Barnstable county, is 36 miles E of Plymouth, Massachusetts and 67 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is conveniently located inside the Barnstable-Yarmouth metropolitan area.

Orleans History

The first permanent European settlers were pilgrims from the Plymouth colony who were unhappy with the small, infertile land that had been allotted to them. They arrived in Orleans in 1693, when it was a part of the southern parish of Eastham. In 1787, Orleans was incorporated. Orleans was named after Louis Philippe II, the Duke of Orleans, on account of France’s support to the colonies during the American Revolution.

Orleans and nearby Attractions

  • Cape Museum of Fine Arts
  • Josiah Dennis House
  • Cape Cod National Seashore
  • French Cable Station Museum
  • Zooquarium
  • Skaket Beach

Things To Do In Orleans

Nearby museums include the Cape Cod Discovery Museum, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and the Cape Museum of Fine Arts. Historical sites include the Josiah Dennis House and the Seth Nickerson House. The French Cable Station Museum, located in Orleans, was an important American landmark during World War I. Local beaches include Skaket Beach and Nauset Beach.

Orleans Transportation

Boston Logan International is the nearest major airport.

Orleans Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include Bridgewater State College, the University of Massachusetts, Massasoit Community College and Quincy College.

Demographics

People

Total Population1,937
Male Share of the Population45.8%
Female Share of the Population54.2%
Senior Citizens33.8%
Employed Population 16+926
Age of the Population60

Families

% of people married36.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher39.9%
Median Earnings25+$30,063
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,177

Wealth

Median Family Income$75,449
% Above Poverty Level91.5%
% Below Poverty Level8.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home6.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.3%
% Using Public Transportation1%

Housing

People Living Alone52%
Median Gross Rent$1,055
Median House Value$436,600

Ancestry

English24.2%
Irish19.5%
German9.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)9.4%
Italian8.4%
Jamaican6%
West Indian6%
Swedish5.9%
French Except Basque4.2%
Scottish3.9%
Polish3.1%
Lithuanian1.8%
Portuguese1.4%
Welsh1.3%
Dutch0.5%
Ukrainian0.5%
Czech0.5%
Russian0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
Danishn0.5%
Norwegian0.4%
Greek0.4%
Canadian0.4%
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Orleans Almanac

CategoryValue
County Barnstable County
Standard Zip Codes2653
Phone Area Codes508,774
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.79
Approximate Longitude-70

Orleans 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
Distance8.6 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
Distance20.6 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
Distance37.5 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
Eastham4,924$73,608
Harwich12,167$87,266
Wellfleet3,168$61,638
Yarmouth23,548$70,594

Orleans Public Libraries

Snow Library
67 MAIN ST.
Orleans, Massachusetts
(508) 240-3760

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Orleans Public Schools

Orleans Elementary
46 Eldredge Parkway
(508) 255-0380
Primary
Total Enrollment 208
Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School
225 Rte 6a Bayberry Square
(508) 240-2800
Middle
Total Enrollment 228
Nauset Regional Middle
70 Route 28
(508) 255-0016
Middle
Total Enrollment 568
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