Provincetown is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 2,980 people and just one neighborhood, Provincetown is the 278th largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Provincetown was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Real Estate Prices
Housing costs in Provincetown 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.
Occupations and Workforce
Provincetown is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 86.28% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Provincetown is a town of sales and office workers, managers and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Provincetown who work in sales jobs (17.39%), management occupations (16.61%) and office and administrative support (13.60%).
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Provincetown 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.
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!) Provincetown 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. Provincetown has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Provincetown than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Provincetown may be for you.
Provincetown 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.
Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 17.83 minutes getting to work every day.
As is often the case in a small town, Provincetown doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.