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 (14.01%), management occupations (11.95%), and sales jobs (11.79%).
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.
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, Harwich is worth considering.
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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
The citizens of Harwich are among the most well-educated in the nation: 43.51% of adults in Harwich 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 Harwich in 2010 was $39,635, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $158,540 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.