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Sandwich, Massachusetts

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Sandwich is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 20,136.

For geographic and demographic information on specific parts of the town of Sandwich, please see the articles on East Sandwich, Forestdale, and Sandwich (CDP).

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History

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Settled in 1637, and incorporated in 1639, Sandwich is the oldest town on Cape Cod. Located on both sides of the Cape Cod Canal, the majority of its population and land mass is on the southerly side of the canal. Sandwich is a mostly residential community with a year round population considerably smaller than during the warm summer. The town's charm and uniqueness, combined with its ideal location, makes Sandwich an attractive place to both visit and live.

Sandwich's beaches along Cape Cod Bay stretch for miles and provide wonderful ocean vistas and views of may vessels passing through on their way to and from the Boston area. Commercial fishermen and lobstermen can be seen unloading their catches at the docks of the Sandwich Marina, the only harbor along the Canal.

Not too far from the marina is historic Sandwich Village, which is a world renowned tourist destination, providing a glimpse into New England's rich Colonial history. Heritage Museums and Gardens, the Sandwich Glass Museum, The Thornton Burgess Museum, Hoxie House (the oldest house on Cape Cod), the Dan'l Webster Inn, Dexter Grist Mill and numerous art galleries, rare book and antique stores are just some of the attractions which bring visitors to Sandwich from all across New England and the world.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 114.9 km² (44.4 mi²). 111.5 km² (43.0 mi²) of it is land and 3.4 km² (1.3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 2.98% water.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there are 20,136 people, 7,335 households, and 5,515 families residing in the town. The population density is 180.6/km² (467.9/mi²). There are 8,748 housing units at an average density of 78.5 persons/km² (203.3 persons/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 97.75% White, 0.38% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 0.80% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 7,335 households out of which 38.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.0% are married couples living together, 8.1% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 24.8% are non-families. 20.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.72 and the average family size is 3.18.

In the town the population is spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 89.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $61,250, and the median income for a family is $66,553. Males have a median income of $49,195 versus $33,516 for females. The per capita income for the town is $26,895. 3.1% of the population and 2.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 3.3% are under the age of 18 and 4.1% are 65 or older.

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