Falmouth, MA
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Falmouth is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 31,101 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Falmouth is the 52nd largest community in Massachusetts.

Housing costs in Falmouth 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, Falmouth is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Falmouth is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Falmouth who work in office and administrative support (11.25%), sales jobs (10.46%), and management occupations (10.09%).

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Falmouth has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

Another notable thing is that Falmouth is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller town.

Because of many things, Falmouth is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Falmouth a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Falmouth has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Falmouth’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, Falmouth is worth considering.

One of the nice things about Falmouth 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.

Falmouth is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 42.65% of adults in Falmouth have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Falmouth in 2010 was $41,695, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $166,780 for a family of four. However, Falmouth contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Falmouth is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Falmouth home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Falmouth residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Falmouth include Irish, English, Italian, German, and Portuguese.

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