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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Barnstable is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (12.82%), sales jobs (11.71%), and management occupations (9.50%).

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.

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 citizens of Barnstable are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 37.46% of adults in Barnstable have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Barnstable in 2010 was $36,825, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $147,300 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.