Barnstable is actually a town comprised of 7 smaller villages, including Hyannis, the village of Barnstable and Cotuit, which each boast their own unique identity. Here, you’ll find miles of windswept beaches, and pine tree-filled swaths of land. the opportunities for hiking, bicycling, bird watching, boating and swimming are practically endless.
Retirees will feel right at home in Barnstable, the town is home to one of the Cape’s largest and most active senior centers, and more than 20% of the town is over the age of 65.
Barnstable also offers an array of boutique shops, art galleries, and restaurants touting fresh, local seafood.
Con: Grows crowded with summer tourists
Best For: Beach lovers
Cost of Living: 1% higher than national average
Median Home Cost: $441,000
Top State Income Tax: 5.25%
Crime Rate: 14% higher than national average
The town is centrally located along the Cape, and in easy driving distance to other parts of the island. It’s ideal location, beautiful beaches and cultural district have made Barnstable a popular tourist destination during the summer months. At this time the town can grow clogged with tourists.