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. Provincetown has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.
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 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, Provincetown’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter 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, Provincetown has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Provincetown a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
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.
Provincetown is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.