Eastham, MA
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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, 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, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Eastham who work in sales jobs (17.91%), office and administrative support (9.95%), and management occupations (9.95%).

A relatively large number of people in Eastham telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.04% 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 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, Eastham’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much 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.

One of the nice things about Eastham 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 Eastham are among the most well-educated in the nation: 46.05% of adults in Eastham have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Eastham in 2010 was $38,702, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $154,808 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, German, Italian, and French .

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

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