Mashpee, MA
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Mashpee 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 14,223 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Mashpee is the 136th largest community in Massachusetts.

Housing costs in Mashpee 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, Mashpee is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Mashpee is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mashpee who work in sales jobs (13.13%), office and administrative support (12.61%), and management occupations (11.98%).

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

Because of many things, Mashpee is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Mashpee 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, Mashpee has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Mashpee’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

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!) Mashpee 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. Mashpee has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Mashpee than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Mashpee may be for you.

Mashpee 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.

Despite being a small town, Mashpee has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

The citizens of Mashpee are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 36.58% of adults in Mashpee have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Mashpee in 2010 was $40,347, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $161,388 for a family of four. However, Mashpee contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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


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