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 31,524 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 (11.64%), sales jobs (11.00%), and management occupations (9.49%).

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 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, Falmouth’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

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.

The citizens of Falmouth are among the most well-educated in the nation: 42.42% of adults in Falmouth 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 Falmouth in 2010 was $39,130, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $156,520 for a family of four. However, Falmouth contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 English, Italian, German, and Portuguese.

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