Cape Cod and the Islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard offer an amazing opportunity for families, professionals, and business seeking to benefit from the region's exceptional physical beauty and recreational resources. The beaches, historic seaside communities, and unique scenic landscapes are central to its tourism, and provide a significant advantage in attracting and retaining qualified employees. The Cape is a popular internationally-known visitor destination that attracts highly talented professionals seeking a unique lifestyle. The region offers a wide variety of residential options within a short drive to both Boston and Providence, Rhode Island.
Cities and Towns in Southcoast Region
Abington, Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Carver, Chatham, Chilmark, Dennis, Duxbury, Eastham, Edgartown, Falmouth, Gay Head, Gosnold, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Harwich, Kingston, Marshfield, Mashpee, Nantucket, Norwell, Oak Bluffs, Orleans, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Providence, Rockland, Sandwich, Scituate, Tisbury, Truro, Wellfleet, West Tisbury, Whitman, Yarmouth
A breakdown of Cape Cod's economic base shows that tourism is its largest segment, representing 43%. Retirement represents the next largest segment with 15.3%, which when combined with tourism represents two-thirds of the jobs in Barnstable County. These two industries are extremely compatible as what generally serves and attracts the visitor also serves and attracts the retiree. Cape Cod National Seashore, Martha's Vineyard, and Plimoth Plantation are among the region's popular attractions.
With a working population of over 100,000 the majority of employment opportunities are found in industries like their growing health care industry, or the hospitality industry. Other jobs are found in the many small entrepreneurial businesses that service their growing retirement population. Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket are also home to a thriving visitor industry and a strong real estate market, fueled by second homeowners and retirees.
Education and Training
The Cape and Islands continue to be an amazing place to raise a family. Public and private educational institutions thrive on the Cape and Islands, where citizens have traditionally placed a high value on education. Also, in Massachusetts, parents or guardians may enroll their children in any public school, whether or not it is in the district where they reside, as long as they make provision for transportation to the school.
Cape Cod Community College, conveniently located off of Route 6, offers diverse educational opportunities for students of all ages from preschoolers to older adults. Also, the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and Marine Biological Laboratory, and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy are all in within a short distance, and promote education and research in key regional industries such as textiles, marine science, high technology and environmental technology.
Over the last 10 years there has been tremendous population growth on Cape Cod, and the result is improving job opportunities in service, retail and healthcare. The region has an exceptional concentration of machine operators and precision craft labor, making its labor force particularly suited to manufacturing industries.
Leaders on the Cape are committed to promoting workforce development as a critical component of the region's economic health. The local chambers of commerce encourage educational opportunities and entrepreneurial support with the goal of job creation, job retention and more year round employment. There are a number of state, county, and local initiatives available to businesses to educate employees, assist entrepreneurs, create affordable housing, and provide access to child care. The ultimate goal of these initiatives is for people to work and advance in their careers on Cape Cod.
Infrastructure and Permitting
Cape Cod is accessible from virtually anywhere in the world, whether you're traveling by air, bus or car. Once you cross one of the two bridges spanning the Cape Cod Canal, a range of transportation options are available. Ferries to the islands run daily. In-town bus and shuttle services are a great way to travel around Cape Cod, and scenic bike trails are in abundance, and bike rentals are available at many locations.
The Cape is a short 75 miles from Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts and T.F. Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island. Barnstable Municipal Airport on Cape Cod readily accommodates corporate aircraft and offers scheduled service between New York, Providence, Boston and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Car rentals and bus service are available at either airport, and ferry service from Boston to Provincetown is also a popular option for getting to the Cape.
Quality of Life
In the 1990's Cape Cod and the Islands experienced a tremendous boom in population and overall growth. According to the 2000 census data, Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket Counties led the entire state with a 35% growth rate. The most recent information from the U.S. census bureau estimates that 228,683 people lived in Barnstable County in 2004, an increase of 2.9% from the 2000 census. The further breakdown of those statistics reveals that 58% of those people were between the ages of 18-64, 23% were 65 years and older, and 19% were newborns to 17 years old.
According to the most the recent reports there are 100,300 households on Cape Cod, with a median price of $369,000. Of those households 68% own their homes, and 23% of households rent their homes. The average year-round rental market is around the state average, a 1-bedroom rental is $797/month and a 2-bedroom rental is around $1049/month. Also, if you have flexibility and can do a winter rental between the beginning of September and end of May, you can find some amazing bargains.
Although the housing market on Cape Cod and the Islands has traditionally been higher than the rest of the state, it is a great time to buy a house on the Cape. Interest rates are the lowest they have been in two years, and since homes have been selling slower than in past years it is great buyers market.
There are few places in the world that can rival Cape Cod and the Islands when it comes to cultural and leisurely activities. This past year Cape Cod was named one of the top 25 Arts destinations in the country by American Style magazine. From the historic village of Woods Hole to the artist's colony in Provincetown, every town and village on Cape Cod has artist's studios, museums, galleries and craft shops. The Cape also has a thriving music scene, from the world class Cape Symphony to a vibrant jazz scene and array of theaters and outdoor concerts. Anyone can explore the over 200 Cape and Islands artists, studios, and galleries through self-guided driving and walking itineraries in the first edition "Arts and Artisans Trails of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket."
Cape Cod has 115 sandy beaches, daily whale watch tours, and amazing kayaking opportunities. You can take a tour of Provincetown's rolling dunes, or go on a nature walk that will take you along the vibrant cranberry bogs, pine forests and salt marshes. If you like golf, you might never want to leave Cape Cod. From those who are just beginning to the more experienced golfer, Cape Cod's 27 public, daily fee courses, and 15 private courses cover all skill levels. Also, there are over 250 charming bed and breakfasts and inns, from antique farm houses to historicsea captains homes. The options for cultural and leisurely activities on Cape Cod and the Islands are truly endless.
- Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
- Cape Cod Commission
- Cape Cod Technology Council
- Coastal Community Capital
- Cape Cod Community College - Workforce Education Resource Center
- Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership
- Martha's Vineyard Commission
- Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce
- Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce
Buddy Rocha, Regional Director
Massachusetts Office of Business Development
275 Martine Street, Suite 201
Fall River, MA 02723
Phone: (508) 730-1438
Fax: (508) 730-2702