Harwich is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 12,180 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Harwich is the 154th largest community in Massachusetts.
Housing costs in Harwich 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, Harwich is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Harwich is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Harwich who work in office and administrative support (15.05%), sales jobs (14.24%), and management occupations (10.32%).
Another notable thing is that Harwich 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.
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!) Harwich 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. Harwich has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Harwich than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Harwich may be for you.
Harwich 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.
The education level of Harwich ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Harwich, 40.52% 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 Harwich in 2010 was $38,555, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $154,220 for a family of four. However, Harwich contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Harwich home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Harwich residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Harwich include English, Italian, German, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Harwich is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Gujarathi.