Dennis Port, Massachusetts

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Dennis Port (or Dennisport) is a census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Dennis in Barnstable County, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. At the 2000 census, its population was 3,612.

The Swan River roughly demarcates Dennis Port's western border with West Dennis. The village of West Harwich lies directly to Dennis Port's east, with the border demarcated by the median of Division Street. To the north of Dennis Port is South Dennis. Like other villages along Nantucket Sound, Dennis Port features warm-water beaches, like Haigis Beach, Sea Street Beach, and Glendon Road Beach. Many consider these among Cape Cod's most desirable for swimming and windsurfing.

By U.S. standards, real estate prices in Dennis Port remain exorbitantly high. Housing stock consists mostly of World War II–era beach cottages built in the Cape Cod architectural style, although many have been expanded or replaced with larger, more contemporary beach houses. Many streets in Dennis Port—particularly those south of Lower County Road, within 0.5 miles of the beaches—evoke the quaint ambiance of an early-20th century seasonal retreat. There are a great deal of hotels, cottage retreats, and businesses geared towards tourists.

Famous residents of Dennis Port include U.S. military hero Benjamin F. Baker.

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Geography

Dennis Port is located at 41°39′50″N 70°8′12″W / 41.66389°N 70.13667°W / 41.66389; -70.13667 (41.663779, -70.136576)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.5 km² (3.3 mi²). 7.9 km² (3.1 mi²) of it is land and 0.6 km² (0.2 mi²) of it (7.01%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,612 people, 1,719 households, and 943 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 455.8/km² (1,181.3/mi²). There were 4,369 housing units at an average density of 551.3/km² (1,428.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 90.03% White, 4.90% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 1.74% from other races, and 2.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.99% of the population.

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