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Falmouth (town), Massachusetts

Falmouth is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 32,660.

For geographic and demographic information on specific parts of the town of Falmouth, please see the articles on East Falmouth, Falmouth (CDP), North Falmouth, Teaticket, West Falmouth, and Woods Hole.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 141.0 km² (54.4 mi²). 114.6 km² (44.2 mi²) of it is land and 26.4 km² (10.2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 18.70% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 32,660 people, 13,859 households, and 8,980 families residing in the town. The population density is 285.0/km² (738.2/mi²). There are 20,055 housing units at an average density of 175.0 persons/km² (453.3 persons/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 93.39% White, 1.82% African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.92% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.44% from other races, and 1.91% from two or more races. 1.28% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 13,859 households out of which 24.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% are married couples living together, 10.1% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 35.2% are non-families. 29.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 14.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.30 and the average family size is 2.84.

In the town the population is spread out with 20.7% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 27.5% from 45 to 64, and 22.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 45 years. For every 100 females there are 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 83.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $48,191, and the median income for a family is $57,422. Males have a median income of $41,797 versus $28,867 for females. The per capita income for the town is $27,548. 6.9% of the population and 4.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 8.8% are under the age of 18 and 6.2% are 65 or older.