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Overview

Introduction to Provincetown, Massachusetts

Provincetown, Massachusetts, in Barnstable county, is 26 miles E of Plymouth, Massachusetts (center to center) and 49 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts. It's situated at the tip of Cape Cod and bordered by Cape Cod Bay on the south. The scenic town is well known for excellent beaches, tourism, a thriving arts scene and for its gay community. Provincetown is also known as a gay summer resort. The town includes a large number of artists. The population significantly increases during the summer tourist season.

Provincetown History

The Nauset Indians were the original inhabitants. The Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact in 1620 after they arrived at Provincetown Harbor. The Pilgrims created their community on the other side of the bay in Plymouth. In 1727 the town was incorporated by English settlers. After the American Revolution ended the town became a prominent location for fishing and whaling. A large number of Portuguese who worked on the ships decided to make Provincetown their home.

By 1890 the town was thriving and included a large community of writers and artists. It also became a flourishing summer tourist resort. During the mid-1960's the population significantly increased, partly due to the numerous hippies that relocated to Provincetown. During the mid-1970's the town developed a sizeable gay community.

Provincetown Attractions

  • The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum features a notable tower made from granite
  • Provincetown features an historic district which is included in the National Register of Historic Places
  • Commercial Street offers numerous restaurants, galleries and unique shops
  • Race Point Lighthouse
  • Provincetown Art Association and Museum
  • Whydah Museum

Provincetown Attractions

  • Provincetown Jazz Festival
  • The Fantasia Fair is popular with transvestites and transsexuals
  • Provincetown Repertory Theatre
  • The Provincetown Art Collection includes items from artists who have lived in the community
  • The Portuguese Festival and Blessing of the Fleet
  • Provincetown Fringe Festival
  • New Provincetown Players
  • Shakespeare on the Cape
  • Golddust Orphans is a popular theater company
  • Portuguese Festival
  • PBG's Carnival Week

Provincetown Activities

Boating, fishing and whale watching are popular activities. Tourists enjoy visiting the Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod. Visitors can take excursions to the local sand dunes. Bird watching is popular in the Cape Cod area. Race Point Beach, Herring Cove, Long Point and Town Beaches are popular destinations for residents and tourists.

The Province Lands Visitor Center provides scenic views, guided tours and a bicycle riding loop. A bicycle trail begins in the West End and traverses through the dunes and reaches the Race Point in the National Seashore. The Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill provides lessons in arts and crafts.

Provincetown Transportation

The community is home to the Provincetown Municipal Airport. Seasonal Ferries provide transportation to Boston and Plymouth.

People

Total Population 2,744
Male Share of the Population 52.3%
Female Share of the Population 47.7%
Senior Citizens 29.3%
Employed Population 16+ 1,445
Age of the Population 57

Families

% of people married 24%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 49.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $53,250
% Above Poverty Level 87.6%
% Below Poverty Level 12.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 10.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 24.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 53.2%
Median Gross Rent $982
Median House Value $481,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.6%
US/American 0.6%
English 16.5%
Irish 15%

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

Provincetown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 26 miles E of Plymouth, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 49 miles SE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Barnstable
Metro Area Barnstable - Yarmouth
Standard Zip Codes 02657
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.058
Longitude -70.179

Provincetown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station PROVINCETOWN
Distance 0.6 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 37 F
Apr Temp 37 to 52 F
Jul Temp 63 to 79 F
Oct Temp 45 to 60 F
Annual Precip 41.9 inches
Station CHATHAM MUNICIPAL AP
Distance 29.2 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
Station HINGHAM
Distance 39.7 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 81 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brewster 2,280 $75,331
Eastham 4,923 $72,071
Orleans 1,669 $75,667
Truro 1,644 $62,619
Wellfleet 3,109 $46,517
Yarmouth 23,581 $71,210

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

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Provincetown, Massachusetts
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