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Yarmouth, Massachusetts

Yarmouth is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 24,807.

For geographic and demographic information on specific parts of the town of Yarmouth, please see the articles on South Yarmouth, West Yarmouth, and Yarmouth Port.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 73.1 km² (28.2 mi²). 62.8 km² (24.2 mi²) of it is land and 10.3 km² (4.0 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 14.07% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 24,807 people, 11,520 households, and 6,900 families residing in the town. The population density is 395.0/km² (1,023.0/mi²). There are 16,605 housing units at an average density of 264.4/km² (684.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 95.23% White, 1.34% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.94% from other races, and 1.59% from two or more races. 1.44% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 11,520 households out of which 19.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% are married couples living together, 9.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 40.1% are non-families. 34.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 19.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.11 and the average family size is 2.68.

In the town the population is spread out with 17.2% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 30.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 49 years. For every 100 females there are 85.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 80.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $39,808, and the median income for a family is $48,148. Males have a median income of $37,090 versus $26,741 for females. The per capita income for the town is $22,731. 7.5% of the population and 5.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 11.1% are under the age of 18 and 3.6% are 65 or older.