27 reviews
  1. Town in Massachusetts
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Real Estate
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$341,100
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$1,106
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    25%
  • Own
    75%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    520
    264
  • Murder
    0
    5
  • Rape
    43
    37
  • Robbery
    63
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500
    575
  • Theft
    1,776
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    143
    257

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$58,933
National
$53,046
Children
14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    14%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Barnstable Town Reviews

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I've lived in the little city of Hyannis my entire life. The Cape Cod atmosphere is always in the air with small shops, tourist attractions and the JFK museum. Currently there is an endemic of drugs and homelessness causing problems on Cape with local town government slowly finding ways to address the problem. Unfortunately things had been slowly worsening since the recession but now there is now an upwards trend to stabilizing the area. Overall it's been a good place to live with safe neighborhoods and little crime. There is a lot to do during the summer which masks the fact that nothing really happens during the winter.
It really depends on who you are. Cape Cod is a great place for two kinds of people: tourists and retirees. It's basically a retirement community. For younger people, there is nothing to do, especially in the winter. Sure, in the summer there are beaches and cute tourist shops to visit, but this gets old very quickly. In the winter, the only place you can really go in the area is the mall. That's why the mall is always so busy -- there's nothing else to do. To have fun, you would have to travel an hour to get to Boston. My village, Cotuit, is even more of a retirement community. Generally, older people live here, and you're hard pressed to find children. It's quiet and peaceful, which is great for some people, but not for people who want to live near the action. Also, half of my street is vacant in the winter because there are so many summer homes in the area. And speaking of summer-- when the tourists arrive? The traffic? Forget it.
Despite the large drug problem and homelessness in the area there isn't a whole lot of crime that occurs outside of that realm. Home invasions rarely happen here. In most neighborhoods, if you leave your house or car door accidentally unlocked there is little worry that anything will be missing. You can walk down the streets late at night and not worry that someone is going to attack or mug you. The safety of this area is great, I have never felt fearful in this town.