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 31,473 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.
Falmouth is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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.
Falmouth 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, Falmouth’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Falmouth has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Falmouth a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
Falmouth 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.
For the size of the town, public transportation in Falmouth is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Falmouth, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The education level of Falmouth ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Falmouth, 42.65% 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 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 English, Italian, German, and Portuguese.
The most common language spoken in Falmouth is English. Other important languages spoken here include Portuguese and French.