Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

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Vineyard Haven is a census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Tisbury on Martha's Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 2,048 at the 2000 census.

Known by the original Wampanoag inhabitants as Nobnocket, this area was first referred to by the colonial settlers as Homes Hole; "Homes" from a Wampanoag term for "old man," and "Hole" meaning a sheltered inlet. By the 1800s it was more commonly spelled Holmes Hole after the descendants of John Holmes (1730–1812) who had settled in the village during the second half of the eighteenth century. In 1871 the village officially changed its name to Vineyard Haven.[2] Though the name Vineyard Haven technically refers only to one section of the town of Tisbury, the names are used interchangeably, with Vineyard Haven now being a commonly used title for the whole town.

Vineyard Haven is the main port of entry to Martha's Vineyard, and one of the three main population centers (with Edgartown and Oak Bluffs). The Steamship Authority wharf is located in Vineyard Haven, at which ferries arrive and depart year-round. (A second, seasonal wharf is located in neighboring Oak Bluffs.) Although the year-round population is only about 2,000 people, its population increases tremendously in the summer, as most houses on the Vineyard are owned by summer residents. Vineyard Haven is also known as the "Sparta" of Martha's Vineyard.



Vineyard Haven is located at 41°27′22″N 70°36′26″W / 41.456109°N 70.607176°W / 41.456109; -70.607176.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.1 km² (1.6 mi²). 3.2 km² (1.2 mi²) of it is land and 0.9 km² (0.3 mi²) of it (20.89%) is water.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,048 people, 941 households, and 479 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 632.6/km² (1,635.9/mi²). There were 1,420 housing units at an average density of 438.6/km² (1,134.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.92% White, 3.22% African American, 1.86% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 1.71% from other races, and 4.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.63% of the population.

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