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Gosnold, Massachusetts

Gosnold is a town located in Dukes County, Massachusetts. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 86, making it the least populous town in Massachusetts.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 363.0 km² (140.2 mi²). 34.6 km² (13.3 mi²) of it is land and 328.5 km² (126.8 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 90.48% water. It consists of a collection of small islands west of Martha's Vineyard.


As of the census of 2000, there are 86 people, 46 households, and 21 families residing in the town. The population density is 2.5/km² (6.4/mi²). There are 215 housing units at an average density of 6.2/km² (16.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 95.35% White, 0.00% African American, 0.00% Native American, 0.00% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.00% from other races, and 4.65% from two or more races. 0.00% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 46 households out of which 17.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.8% are married couples living together, 8.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 54.3% are non-families. 45.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 1.87 and the average family size is 2.71.

In the town the population is spread out with 17.4% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 31.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 42 years. For every 100 females there are 138.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 144.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $22,344, and the median income for a family is $27,500. Males have a median income of $21,875 versus $30,625 for females. The per capita income for the town is $15,265. 23.5% of the population and 25.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 40.0% are under the age of 18 and 22.2% are 65 or older.