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 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.
Mashpee is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
The education level of Mashpee citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 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.