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Barnstable County, Massachusetts
Seal of Barnstable County, Massachusetts
Map of Massachusetts highlighting Barnstable County
Location in the state of Massachusetts
Map of the U.S. highlighting Massachusetts
Massachusetts's location in the U.S.
Seat Barnstable
Largest city Barnstable
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,306 sq mi (3,382 km²)
396 sq mi (1,024 km²)
910 sq mi (2,357 km²), 69.71%
 - (2000)
 - Density

561/sq mi (217/km²)
Founded 1685

Barnstable County is a county located in the U.S. state of Massachusetts, consisting of Cape Cod and associated islands. As of 2000, the population was 222,230. Its county seat is Barnstable.[1]



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,306 square miles (3,382 km²), of which, 396 square miles (1,024 km²) of it is land and 910 square miles (2,357 km²) of it (69.71%) is water. Barnstable County includes and consists mostly of Cape Cod.

Barnstable County borders Plymouth County to the northwest; off Barnstable County's southern shore are Dukes County and Nantucket.

The highest elevation in the county is 306 feet (93 m) on the summit of Pine Hill, located on the Massachusetts Military Reservation in Bourne. The lowest point is sea level.


National protected areas


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 27,826
1910 27,542 −1.0%
1920 26,670 −3.2%
1930 32,305 21.1%
1940 37,295 15.4%
1950 46,805 25.5%
1960 70,286 50.2%
1970 96,656 37.5%
1980 147,925 53.0%
1990 186,605 26.1%
2000 222,230 19.1%

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 222,230 people, 94,822 households, and 61,065 families residing in the county. The population density was 562 people per square mile (217/km²). There were 147,083 housing units at an average density of 372 per square mile (144/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.23% White, 1.79% Black or African American, 0.56% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.11% from other races, and 1.66% from two or more races. 1.35% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.0% were of Irish, 15.6% English, 9.4% Italian, 5.9% German and 5.0% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 93.6% spoke English, 1.7% Portuguese, 1.4% Spanish and 1.0% French as their first language.

There were 94,822 households out of which 24.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.20% were married couples living together, 9.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.60% were non-families. 29.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the county the population was spread out with 20.40% under the age of 18, 5.20% from 18 to 24, 25.00% from 25 to 44, 26.20% from 45 to 64, and 23.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 89.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,933, and the median income for a family was $54,728. Males had a median income of $41,033 versus $30,079 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,318. About 4.60% of families and 6.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.60% of those under age 18 and 5.00% of those age 65 or over.

Cities, towns, and villages*

Age breakdown of residents in 2000

* Villages are census divisions, but have no separate corporate existence from the towns they are in. The town of Barnstable has five fire districts that cover the seven villages - each village has its own fire department except that Centerville, Osterville and Marstons Mills have combined their efforts into the COMM Fire Department.

See also


  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

External links

Coordinates: 41°43′N 70°15′W / 41.72°N 70.25°W / 41.72; -70.25


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