Barnstable County, Massachusetts

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Barnstable County is a county located in the U.S. state of Massachusetts, consisting of Cape Cod and associated islands. As of 2000, the population was 222,230. Its county seat is Barnstable.[1]

Barnstable County was formed on 2 June 1685 from the former Plymouth Colony towns of Falmouth, Sandwich and other towns then lying to the east and north thereof on the Cape Cod Island (see map below).



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,306 square miles (3,382.5 km2), of which 396 square miles (1,025.6 km2) is land and 910 square miles (2,356.9 km2) (69.71%) is water. It has 550 miles of shoreline (778 miles if you include inland lakes). Barnstable County includes and consists mostly of Cape Cod.

Barnstable County borders Plymouth County to the northwest; off Barnstable County's southern shore are Dukes County and Nantucket.

The highest elevation in the county is 306 feet (93 m) on the summit of Pine Hill, located on the Massachusetts Military Reservation in Bourne. The lowest point is sea level.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 222,230 people, 94,822 households, and 61,065 families residing in the county. The population density was 562 people per square mile (217/km²). There were 147,083 housing units at an average density of 372 per square mile (144/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.23% White, 1.79% Black or African American, 0.56% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.11% from other races, and 1.66% from two or more races. 1.35% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.0% were of Irish, 15.6% English, 9.4% Italian, 5.9% German and 5.0% "American" ancestry according to Census 2000. 3.6% spoke English, 1.7% Portuguese, 1.4% Spanish and 1.0% French as their first language.

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