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    About Barnstable, MA


    Barnstable is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 44,477 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Barnstable is the 27th largest community in Massachusetts.

    Housing costs in Barnstable 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.

    The city 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, Barnstable has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Barnstable a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

    One of the nice things about Barnstable is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.