Falmouth is often considered the “gateway” to the Cape. A charming and picturesque access point and a desirable place to live in its own right.

Overview for Falmouth, MA

32,526 people live in Falmouth, where the median age is 56 and the average individual income is $54,170. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Welcome to Falmouth

Considered the gateway to the Cape and its islands, Falmouth is a gorgeous coastal town comprising eight distinct villages 
The second-largest municipality on Cape Cod after Barnstable, Falmouth is often considered the “gateway” to the Cape and its islands. Only a few nautical miles away from Martha’s Vineyard, Falmouth is a charming and picturesque access point and a desirable place to live in its own right. This picturesque New England town comprises eight distinctive villages - Falmouth, East Falmouth, Hatchville, North Falmouth, Teaticket, Waquoit, West Falmouth, and Woods Hole - and seven historic districts. 
The community caters to its residents with an abundance of available recreation and a picture-perfect Main Street lined with bakeries, quaint shops, boutiques, and restaurants. There is also a vibrant theater scene with regular harborside concerts and theatrical performances. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Cape Cod town without renowned access to the waters. Falmouth boasts more than 68 miles of shoreline, offering deep harbors, beautiful beaches, and surrounding access to Buzzards Bay and the Vineyard Sound. 
There is ample opportunity for deep sea and sports fishing, sailing, windsurfing, and boating. Those who prefer to keep their feet planted firmly on the ground will find more public golf courses to enjoy in Falmouth than in any other New England town. 

What to Love

  • Eight distinctive towns, each featuring its own unique charms and personality
  • The Shining Sea Bikeway is a great way for beginner and casual bicyclists to take in the stunning shoreline vistas and see many Falmouth landmarks 
  • Beautiful white-sand beaches along the Vineyard Sound with easy access to Martha’s Vineyard

People & Lifestyle

With eight villages each with its own unique personality, charms, and advantages, Falmouth provides a breadth of choices and opportunities for potential residents. Those who want to live near the bustling Main Street will appreciate the traditional fishing village of Woods Hole, a walkable village and the hub of world-renowned oceanic scientific research. East and West Falmouth are idyllic villages with beautiful beachfront properties and access to the coastline. 
Falmouth is home to 10 town-run public beaches, 14 harbors, and a stunning Village Green surrounded by antique sea captains’ homes and historic properties. This family-oriented city is considered one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Falmouth has excellent schools and unlike many Cape Cod communities, Falmouth is a year-round town with plenty to do regardless of the season. You’ll find a variety of recreational, art, music, and enrichment programs and activities for people of all ages, along with scenic trails and family-friendly parks such as the Margaret E. Noonan Park. 

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

  • Water Street Kitchen – Enjoy fresh food and craft cocktails at this waterfront restaurant in Woods Hole.  
  • C. Salt Wine Bar & Grille – A small, elegant, neighborhood kitchen offering fine American cuisine and family recipes whipped up by Chef Charles. There is also a bar area and patio for outdoor seating.
  • Le Bon Jour – This East Falmouth establishment plates fresh and healthy American dishes with a French twist. 
  • Quarterdeck – Serving the community for more than 40 years, Quarterdeck is a casual seafood restaurant where you can dine on delicious surf ‘n’ turf inside a historic, nautical-themed setting.

Things to Do

  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute – The largest independent oceanographic research institution in the United States, dedicated to advancing knowledge of the ocean, private, nonprofit research study of marine science and engineering.
  • Shining Sea Bikeway – A 10.7 mile route running from North Falmouth to Woods Hole that takes cyclists and walkers past cranberry bogs, woodland, and serene seascapes. The bikeway is named for the song “America the Beautiful,” by Falmouth native Katharine Lee Bates.
  • Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary  – This eight-acre coastal plain pod features a globally rare natural community with wooded trails, rare pondshore flowers, and 30 species of dragonflies.

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Demographics and Employment Data for Falmouth, MA

Falmouth has 14,043 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Falmouth do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 32,526 people call Falmouth home. The population density is 1,072.524 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Falmouth, MA

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The following schools are within or nearby Falmouth. 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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North Falmouth Elementary
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East Falmouth Elementary
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Around Falmouth, MA

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

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including The Stand, Bean and Cod, and Romeo’s.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 4.09 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.09 miles 27 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.4 miles 7 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Shopping 3.11 miles 8 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Active 4.32 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.33 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars

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