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 4,915 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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Eastham is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Eastham is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Eastham who work in sales jobs (17.12%), maintenance occupations (7.88%), and office and administrative support (7.83%).
Of important note, Eastham is also a town of artists. Eastham has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Eastham’s character.
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.
Eastham is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Eastham’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
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, Eastham is worth considering.
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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
The education level of Eastham ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Eastham, 42.89% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Eastham in 2010 was $37,009, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $148,036 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, Italian, German, and French .
The most common language spoken in Eastham is English. Other important languages spoken here include Portuguese and German.