Peaceful, secluded, seaside community is mostly residential with several small beaches and many tranquil walking paths.

Overview for Cotuit, MA

3,205 people live in Cotuit, where the median age is 58 and the average individual income is $49,714. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Welcome to Cotuit

Quaint and secluded seaside community perched on the Cotuit Bay
Cotuit is one of Barnstable’s seven villages on Cape Cod. This peaceful, secluded, seaside community is mostly residential with several small beaches and many tranquil walking paths. Tucked between Falmouth and Hyannis, Cotuit is a quaint Mid-Cape village residing on the warm waters of the Nantucket Sound. Cotuit is located a little off the beaten path, known for its quiet and serene atmosphere with limited tourist attractions. 
Besides its idyllic seascapes, Cotuit has an interesting history and is the only place to get “Cotuit Oysters,” which are unique to the Cotuit Bay and tout a remarkable flavor. The name “Cotuit” actually comes from a Wampanoag Indian word meaning “place of the council.” Up until 1872, Cotuit was known as Cotuit Port until a local postmaster dropped the “Port.”

What to Love

  • Beautiful views of the water from the quiet residential neighborhood on Main Street
  • Easily accessible beaches 
  • Limited commercialization, very few businesses

People & Lifestyle

Because Cotuit is mostly a residential village, there is very little commercialization and only a few businesses in the area, including the neighborhood watering hole Kettle Ho, a local grocer, a church, some office spaces, and a public library. The Santuit Historic District is a sub-village within Cotuit featuring many preserved historical buildings and homes. 
A small town, Cotuit’s year-round population is only about 3,200 with an additional 1-2,000 joining during the summer months. Even with tourists visiting the area, Cotuit retains its calm vibes as it is absent of the traffic and bustle commonly found in neighboring towns. Most residents are attracted to Cotuit because of its position on the Cotuit Bay and easy access to surrounding bodies of water––well-suited for those who like to take their boat out as often as possible.
Cotuit’s Main Street is distinct because, unlike other towns, it isn’t lined with shops and restaurants, but instead encompasses a beautiful waterfront residential neighborhood, one of the town’s most desirable places to live.  

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

Despite its reputation as a primarily residential town, there are a few great restaurants and attractions in Cotuit. 
Fourth-generation Chef Jay Bartolomei has made Cotuit the new home of his Italian restaurant Villaggio Ristorante, which originally started in Falmouth in 2005. Housed inside an 18th-century Federal-style building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Villagio offers traditional Cape Cod dining paired with authentic Italian dishes.
Kettle Ho is easily the most popular dining establishment in Cotuit. Named for the legend that the town was acquired during a land purchasing deal that supposedly cost a “great brass kettle and one broad hoe,” Kettle Ho is a community gathering spot serving everything from classic New England lobster rolls to fish and chips. 
Cotuit Fresh Market is the area’s only grocery store. This small market has served Cotuit since the 1800s and is conveniently located within walking distance to most homes on Main Street. Along with essential items and groceries, the market also has an on-site deli and ice cream shop. 
Just outside of Cotuit in the neighboring village of Marston Mills is the award-winning breakfast, lunch, and takeout spot Fig Tree Cafe.

Things to Do

If you are looking for something fun to do in Cotuit, there is almost always something happening at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. Founded in 1993, the center has grown into an award-winning cultural hub serving Cape Cod and beyond. They offer a mixture of entertainment that includes live theater, classes, workshops, film screenings, art exhibits, and special events.
Those who prefer more active activities or who want to get out on the water can visit Ropes Beach, a narrow beachfront that is home to the Mosquito Yacht Club and a boat launch. Cotuit Harbor Tours invites guests to experience Cape Cod and the harbors of the Nantucket Sound from the water with a personalized cruise or a private tour.

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Demographics and Employment Data for Cotuit, MA

Cotuit has 1,517 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Cotuit do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 3,205 people call Cotuit home. The population density is 820.079 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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48.36 / 51.67%

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Schools in Cotuit, MA

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The following schools are within or nearby Cotuit. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Waldorf School Of Cape Cod
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Around Cotuit, MA

There's plenty to do around Cotuit, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Jimmies Ice Cream, Pepper's Pantry, and The Valley Grille.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 1.6 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.56 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.23 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.98 miles 7 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining · $$ 4.12 miles 72 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Active 2.95 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars

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