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Mashpee, Massachusetts

Mashpee is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 12,946.

For geographic and demographic information on specific parts of the town of Mashpee, please see the articles on Mashpee Neck, Monomoscoy Island, New Seabury, Seabrook and Seconsett Island.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 70.6 km² (27.2 mi²). 60.8 km² (23.5 mi²) of it is land and 9.7 km² (3.8 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 13.80% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 12,946 people, 5,256 households, and 3,652 families residing in the town. The population density is 212.9/km² (551.4/mi²). There are 8,325 housing units at an average density of 136.9/km² (354.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 90.24% White, 2.82% African American, 2.91% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.10% from other races, and 2.33% from two or more races. 1.64% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 5,256 households out of which 30.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% are married couples living together, 11.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% are non-families. 25.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.2% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.44 and the average family size is 2.91.

In the town the population is spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 41 years. For every 100 females there are 88.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 85.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $50,871, and the median income for a family is $56,702. Males have a median income of $43,922 versus $31,416 for females. The per capita income for the town is $25,215. 5.5% of the population and 4.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 6.6% are under the age of 18 and 2.7% are 65 or older.