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 14,191 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 an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially 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.

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 population of Mashpee is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 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 Irish, 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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