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 44,331 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, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Barnstable who work in office and administrative support (13.68%), sales jobs (11.25%), and management occupations (9.73%).

Also of interest is that Barnstable has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

It is a fairly quiet city because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Barnstable has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Barnstable has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Barnstable than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Barnstable may be for you.

One of the nice things about Barnstable is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

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: 37.49% of adults in Barnstable have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Barnstable in 2010 was $36,139, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $144,556 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 English, Italian, German, and French .

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