Barnstable, MA
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Barnstable is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 44,163 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Barnstable is the 27th largest community in Massachusetts.

Housing costs in Barnstable are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.

Unlike some cities, Barnstable isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Barnstable are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Barnstable is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Barnstable who work in office and administrative support (12.26%), sales jobs (11.68%), and management occupations (9.96%).

The city is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Barnstable has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Barnstable a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

Barnstable is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

The population of Barnstable is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 37.58% of adults in Barnstable have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Barnstable in 2010 was $37,718, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $150,872 for a family of four. However, Barnstable contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Barnstable home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Barnstable residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Barnstable include Irish, English, Italian, German, and French.

The most common language spoken in Barnstable is English. Other important languages spoken here include Portuguese and Spanish.