Profile for Nantucket, Massachusetts, MA
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Nantucket is a town in Nantucket County.
It is the county seat.
The community name derives from Indian term variously translated as "narrow river" or "far away land."
The latitude of Nantucket is 41.283N. The longitude is -70.1W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 26 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 9,520.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Nantucket demographic reports
Nantucket is an island the Atlantic, south of Cape Cod.
Settlers emigrated in 1661 to escape Puritan severity in Amesbury and Salisbury.
Nantucket was once a whaling and shipbuilding community.
New millionaires have brought conspicuous consumption to the island in recent years.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 0. The violent crime rate was per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1956 movie, "Moby Dick"
· 1966 movie, "The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!"
Well-known residents have included:
· Russell Baker, journalist
· David Halberstam, journalist
· Tommy Hilfiger, designer
Local festivals include:
- Daffodil Festival - April 27-29, 2007
- Arts Festival - Sept. 29-Oct. 8, 2007
- Sandcastle and Sculpture Day - August 18, 2007
- Cranberry Festival - Oct. 6-8, 2007
Dates often change. Check Nantucket web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation:
North Shore and South Shore beaches
The Sesachacha Heathlands Wildlife Sanctuary attracts short-eared owls, northern harriers, loons, herons and egrets. Oystercatchers, piping plovers and other shorebirds can be seen March through August at Eel Point
Nantucket attractions: Whale watching
Historic sites and museums: Whaling Museum, Jethro Coffin House, Hadwen House, Old Mill, Nantucket Life-Saving Museum, Maria Mitchell Science Center
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Pronunciations: Off-islanders are called "coofs"
Be it distinctly recorded here that the Nantucketers were the first among mankind to harpoon with civilized steel the great Sperm Whale.
-- Moby Dick
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Ancestry & family history
9% of Nantucket residents report German ancestry, and 18% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Nantucket ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Nantucket was $31,314, compared with $21,587 nationally.
38% of Nantucket residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Nantucket festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Daffodil Festival - A
- Sandcastle and Sculpture Day - A
- Arts Festival - S
- Cranberry Festival - O
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Nantucket include Nantucket Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Nantucket, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $916. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,771.
Libraries in Nantucket include Nantucket Atheneum ... View libraries
Newspapers in Nantucket include Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror
Nantucket restaurants taking online reservations include Cinco ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Nantucket workers is 10 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
Hotels in Nantucket include Nantucket Whaler Guest House, Seven Sea Street Inn, Wauwinet.
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“ Be it distinctly recorded here that the Nantucketers were the first among mankind to harpoon with civilized steel the great Sperm Whale. ”
~ Moby Dick
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