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Top 5 Upcoming Towns on Cape Cod

The latest census data reveals that various towns along Cape Cod are actually growing quite rapidly and seeing trends of improved economy, better living and overall growth. While some counties tend to be declining in population along the Cape such as Barnstable which saw a loss of 2.9 percent of residents overall, certain areas have in fact been growing. These top five upcoming towns on Cape Cod have likely seen a surge in population and growth due largely to location and economic factors combined.


Having reported the greatest population gains in the entire Cape, Nantucket's population has grown by 10.3 percent in recent years making it one of the fastest growing towns on Cape Cod. The majority of residents here are in fact employed with a low 2.8% employment rate compared to the Massachusetts state average of 8.1 percent. Many people may just be happy to live in Nantucket due to the average commute time of 11 minutes to get to work versus a state average of nearly 30 minutes each way.


Identified as the fastest growing town on Cape Cod back in 2000, Mashpee again saw extensive growth in the past 5 years and continues to grow exponentially. In fact, Mashpee population increased by 8.19 percent overall and the town continues to provide means for growth. A prime location, just 28 miles outside of Plymouth and 66 miles outside of Boston, Mashpee residents do have to travel a bit further to work but they have the benefit of enjoying pristine outdoor activities in their off time which is likely one of the primary attractions to the area.


The town of Bourne saw an overall population increase of 5.52% in the past 5 years likely the result partially of residents looking to live along the Cape without having to deal with the major tourism that comes with living in most Cape towns. Bourne, a relatively small Cape town, does not see the extreme influx of tourists that many other Cape communities see in the summer making it an attractive place on the Cape to live year round.


Both Harwich and Yarmouth have seen an influx of the building out of retirement communities that will create additional residential housing for those of retirement age looking to spend the rest of their days along the Cape. In areas where there is already a significant infrastructures such as roads, police and utilities in place, the Cape Cod Commission has encouraged the addition of residential projects near city centers that will invite a population of senior residents to check out the area; this seems to have worked in Harwich.


Maybe it's the growth of healthcare in the Hyannis community or the advanced telecommunications with some of Boston's top hospitals that make the area of Hyannis an attraction to residents. This area has seen extensive growth since Cape Cod Hospital received permission to expand upon it's care provisions likely attracting additional doctors and healthcare professionals to live and work on Cape Cod as well as to bring their families.

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