Barnstable, Massachusetts – Retirement Guide

Barnstable, Massachusetts   Retirement Guide

So, you want to retire along the New England coast, but didn’t inherit a fortune to do so? Barnstable, a quaint Cape Cod town, might be the answer to your retirement destination prayers. The town’s cost of living is essentially on par with the national average, and although the median home price in Barnstable is $441,000, it’s still much cheaper than buying a property on Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard, where prices are nearly double.

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.

Pros: Affordable New England beach town with beautiful scenery and outdoor activities
Con: Grows crowded with summer tourists

At a Glance
Best For: Beach lovers
Population: 47,821
Cost of Living: 1% higher than national average
Median Home Cost: $441,000
Unemployment: 6.8%
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.

Top Retirement Cities in Massachusetts:  Barnstable | Northampton

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