Yarmouth, MA
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Yarmouth is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 23,467 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Yarmouth is the 79th largest community in Massachusetts.

Housing costs in Yarmouth 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, Yarmouth is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Yarmouth is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Yarmouth who work in office and administrative support (13.15%), sales jobs (12.42%), and management occupations (10.78%).

Another notable thing is that Yarmouth 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, Yarmouth’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

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!) Yarmouth 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. Yarmouth has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Yarmouth than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Yarmouth may be for you.

Yarmouth 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 overall education level of Yarmouth citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.95% of adults in Yarmouth have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Yarmouth in 2010 was $34,197, which is lower middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $136,788 for a family of four. However, Yarmouth contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Yarmouth home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Yarmouth residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Yarmouth include English, Italian, German, and French .

The most common language spoken in Yarmouth is English. Other important languages spoken here include Portuguese and Spanish.

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