Eastham is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 4,906 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Eastham is the 247th largest community in Massachusetts.
Housing costs in Eastham 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 towns, Eastham isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Eastham are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Eastham is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Eastham who work in management occupations (15.47%), sales jobs (13.42%), and office and administrative support (9.88%).
A relatively large number of people in Eastham telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 12.56% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Another notable thing is that Eastham is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.
Because of many things, Eastham is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Eastham really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Eastham perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
It is a fairly quiet town 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!) Eastham 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. Eastham has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Eastham than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Eastham may be for you.
Eastham 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
If knowledge is power, Eastham is a pretty powerful place. 50.63% of the adults in Eastham have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Eastham in 2018 was $46,146, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $184,584 for a family of four. However, Eastham contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Eastham home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Eastham residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Eastham include Irish, English, Italian, German, and French.
The most common language spoken in Eastham is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and French.