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 44,477 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.
Barnstable is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Barnstable is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Barnstable who work in sales jobs (11.58%), office and administrative support (9.54%), and management occupations (9.46%).
Residents will find that the city is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Barnstable is worth considering.
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: 37.59% of adults in Barnstable have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Barnstable in 2018 was $40,463, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $161,852 for a family of four. However, Barnstable contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Barnstable is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. 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 Brazilian.
The most common language spoken in Barnstable is English. Other important languages spoken here include Portuguese and Spanish.