Mashpee, MA
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Living in Mashpee


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 14,229 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 professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mashpee who work in office and administrative support (11.91%), sales jobs (11.19%), and management occupations (10.48%).

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 very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Mashpee really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Mashpee perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

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, Mashpee has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Mashpee a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

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.

The education level of Mashpee citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 39.72% of adults in Mashpee have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Mashpee in 2018 was $39,721, which is lower middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $158,884 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 Irish, Italian, English, French, and German.

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


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