Dennis is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 14,005 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Dennis is the 134th largest community in Massachusetts.
Housing costs in Dennis 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.
Dennis is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Dennis is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Dennis who work in office and administrative support (14.21%), sales jobs (11.19%), and management occupations (9.20%).
Another notable thing is that Dennis is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Dennis’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
Residents will find that the town 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, Dennis is worth considering.
One of the nice things about Dennis 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 education level of Dennis citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 38.21% of adults in Dennis have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Dennis in 2010 was $37,108, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $148,432 for a family of four. However, Dennis contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Dennis home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Dennis residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Dennis include English, Italian, French , and German.
The most common language spoken in Dennis is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and French Creole.