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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population2,680
Male Share of the Population53.8%
Female Share of the Population46.2%
Senior Citizens30%
Employed Population 16+1,367
Age of the Population58

Families

% of people married32.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher48.9%
Median Earnings25+$27,292
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,341
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,504

Wealth

Median Family Income$57,500
% Above Poverty Level88.2%
% Below Poverty Level11.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home13.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work30.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone51.3%
Median Gross Rent$1,018
Median House Value$504,800

Ancestry

Irish16.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)16.3%
English15.6%
Portuguese13.8%
German13.3%
Italian12.6%
French Except Basque6%
Scottish5.7%
Swedish4.8%
Polish4.7%
Canadian3.3%
Russian2.9%
Welsh2%
Jamaican1.8%
West Indian1.8%
Dutch1.6%
African1.6%
Cape Verdean1.3%
Lithuanian0.7%
Hungarian0.6%
Czech0.6%
Romanian0.5%
US/American0.5%
Austrian0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Danishn0.3%
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Provincetown Almanac

CategoryValue
County Barnstable County
Standard Zip Codes2657
Phone Area Codes508,774
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.06
Approximate Longitude-70.2

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)

StationPROVINCETOWN
Distance0.6 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
StationCHATHAM MUNICIPAL AP
Distance29.2 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
StationHINGHAM
Distance39.7 miles
Jan Temp20 to 37 F
Apr Temp38 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 81 F
Oct Temp42 to 62 F
Annual Precip49.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Brewster2,088$75,345
Eastham4,924$73,608
Orleans1,937$75,449
Truro1,589$65,068
Wellfleet3,168$61,638
Yarmouth23,548$70,594

Provincetown Public Libraries

Provincetown Public Library
356 COMMERCIAL ST.
Provincetown, Massachusetts
(508) 487-7094

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Provincetown Public Schools

Provincetown Schools
12 Winslow Street
ZIP: 2657
(508) 487-5000
Primary
Total Enrollment 111
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