Wellfleet 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 2,754 people and just one neighborhood, Wellfleet is the 281st largest community in Massachusetts.
Real Estate Prices
Wellfleet home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Wellfleet real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Wellfleet is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Wellfleet is a town of professionals, managers and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wellfleet who work in management occupations (14.04%), art, media, and design (11.14%) and healthcare (7.60%).
Of important note, Wellfleet is also a town of artists. Wellfleet has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Wellfleet’s character.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 20.72% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Wellfleet 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, Wellfleet’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, Wellfleet 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, Wellfleet really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Wellfleet 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, Wellfleet has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Wellfleet a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
Wellfleet 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.