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Encyclopedia > Edgartown, Massachusetts

Edgartown is a town located on Martha's Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 3,779. It is the county seat of Dukes County6.


Edgartown was first settled in 1642 and was officially incorporated in 1671.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 317.9 km˛ (122.7 mi˛). 69.9 km˛ (27.0 mi˛) of it is land and 248.0 km˛ (95.8 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 78.01% water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there are 3,779 people, 1,582 households, and 957 families residing in the town. The population density is 54.1/km˛ (140.0/mi˛). There are 4,360 housing units at an average density of 62.4/km˛ (161.5/mi˛). The racial makeup of the town is 93.33% White, 1.77% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.53% from other races, and 2.33% from two or more races. 1.16% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 1,582 households out of which 28.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.7% are married couples living together, 8.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% are non-families. 30.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.35 and the average family size is 2.92.

In the town the population is spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 102.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 99.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $50,407, and the median income for a family is $55,153. Males have a median income of $36,615 versus $30,205 for females. The per capita income for the town is $25,740. 4.2% of the population and 2.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 2.5% of those under the age of 18 and 1.3% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

See also: Edgartown Yacht Club

  Results from FactBites:
Edgartown, Massachusetts - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1027 words)
Edgartown is well known as having been one of the primary ports for the whaling industry during the 1800s.
The town of Edgartown includes the smaller island of Chappaquiddick, connected to the rest of Martha'a Vineyard only by a barrier beach which is submerged during storms.
Edgartown was an old whaling port and is now a summer and tourist destination with a multitude of houses built by whaling captains and other prominent people of prior centuries.
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