Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts

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Buzzards Bay is a census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Bourne in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. The population was 3,549 at the 2000 census.



Buzzards Bay is located at 41°45′5″N 70°36′49″W / 41.75139°N 70.61361°W / 41.75139; -70.61361 (41.751364, -70.613563)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.6 km² (3.0 mi²). 5.1 km² (2.0 mi²) of it is land and 2.5 km² (1.0 mi²) of it (32.88%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,549 people, 1,216 households, and 795 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 692.1/km² (1,793.4/mi²). There were 1,572 housing units at an average density of 306.5/km² (794.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.49% White, 1.01% African American, 0.54% Native American, 0.90% Asian, 0.99% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.04% of the population.

There were 1,216 households out of which 24.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.78.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 15.9% under the age of 18, 23.0% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 121.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 123.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $39,750, and the median income for a family was $42,165. Males had a median income of $38,702 versus $28,801 for females. The per capita income for the CDPwas $18,304. About 8.4% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.4% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.


  • Buzzards Bay is home to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
  • Buzzards Bay was originally Wampanoag territory.
  • The "buzzards" for which the town was named were most likely turkey vultures or ospreys.
  • In 2003, there was an oil spill of approximately 98,000 gallons nearby.
  • Buzzards Bay was settled by Europeans in 1621.
  • Buzzards Bay was home to the former "tugboat rotary", a traffic circle or roundabout that had a tugboat in a cradle on display at its center. The tugboat was removed in 2006, and the local landmark became, once again, just a crossroads.
  • Buzzards Bay is home to the National Marine Life Center, a marine animal hospital, science, and education center dedicated to rehabilitating for release stranded sea turtles, seals, dolphins, porpoises, and small whales, and to advancing scientific knowledge and education in marine wildlife health and conservation.

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