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Richest Cities - Historic Popponesset Island, Massachusetts

Updated on April 10, 2018
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Ms. Inglish has 30 years of success in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, and aerospace education for Active USAF Civil Air Patrol.

Bourne Bridge in the foreground, with the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge in the background. Located near the town of Bourne in Barnstable County, MA, these are two of the three bridges over the Cape Cod Canal.
Bourne Bridge in the foreground, with the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge in the background. Located near the town of Bourne in Barnstable County, MA, these are two of the three bridges over the Cape Cod Canal. | Source

Cape Cod Villages

Popponesset Island, according to US Census figures, is the 4th richest place in America.

At the same time, it is the smallest community on the list of America's Top 10 Richest Places. Popponessett Island is a Census Designated Place or CDP, defined by the US Census Bureau and located within the

  • Barnstable Town Metropolitan Statistical Area in
  • Mashpee in Barnstable County on
  • Cape Cod in d) Massachusetts.

According to Sperling's Best Places, median home cost here is $555,490. lists the median family income as $243,000 annually.

Popponesset is in Mashpee MA

Popponesset, Mashpee MA:
Popponesset, Mashpee, MA 02649, USA

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Mashed Peas And History

Significant employment opportunities are listed in the community of Mashpee (kids will call it "mashed peas"), named after Indigenous Peoples' cultural traditions. T

he Cape Cod National Seashore is several miles to the east and Hyannis Port is nearby to the east. Mashpee sits on land with 5 miles or more of natural, recreational beaches on the waters called the Nantucket and Vineyard Sounds; and along Waquoit and Popponesset Bays (in which sits Popponesset Island). I

n addition, there are 4 large ponds for recreational use in the area. Mashpee also offers three world-class championship golf courses.

Cape Cod is an ongoing green and sustainable area where walking is enjoyed and encouraged. Cape Walk annually has developed from efforts of the Cape Cod Pathways network that romotes development of a trail system from one end of Cape Cod to the other. People walk the length of the cape in the yearly summer event in increasing numbers.

What Is A Cape?

What is a cape in the field of geography?

Cape (geography): From the 14th Century

-- A point or extension of land jutting out into water as a peninsula or as a projecting point; from Middle English cap, Anglo-French cape, Old Occitan cap, and Latin caput (head). Reference.

Old Cape Cod - sung by Patti Page

Wildlife and Natural Resources

Bald Eagles are found in abundance at Mashpee Pond and Popponesset Bird Sanctuary is maintained just to the east of Popponesset Island. Fishing and boating are also popular.

Mashpee, rather central in location on the Cape, is a good base from which to start outdoor adventure activities that include whale and seal watching from a number of local cruise providers. Nothing is written about many of the natural areas of Cape Cod around Mashpee and Popponesset Island, although they are marked clearly on maps. Walking and hiking in less-developed area is a local pastime.

At one time, the island was rented as camping grounds for visitors to the larger town of Popponesset, which was separated from the campgrounds by just a shallow amount of water. Further top the west, Cape Cod itself was separated form the rest of Massachusetts by a government action. In 1914, the Cape Cod Canal, a man-made waterway (photo below), was dredged out to make that separation. Popponesset was returned to the City of Mashpee and the Island became a CDP and actually, a private neighborhood of only 39 residents in the 2010 US Census (2 persons moved away in 2010).

The Dredge Boat "Governor Warfiled"
The Dredge Boat "Governor Warfiled" | Source

Bald Eagles of Mashpee

Wampoanug Nation In Massachusetts

The Wampoanug Nation applied for US Federal Recognition as a Native American Nation and governmental unit back in 1960. They are one of several in the Untied States that are not officially recognized, but which continue to pursue their goal.

Mashpee Pow Wow

About Mashpee Commmons

Mashpee Commons is an outdoor shopping and business district in the center of the city on Cape Cod. As such, it becomes the center of activity for residents and visitors.

As far back as the 1980s, a strip shopping center sat on part of the land, being redeveloped to look more like a New England town square. A continuing supervised plan sees that the commons becomes increasingly walkable, with mixed-use properties. The overarching goal is to make all goods and services withitn easy reach of one another on the commons. Businesses and housing has been added and developed since 1986, with more to come.

Stores in this district are open until 6 PM weekdays, and 5 PM Sundays, without nighttime activity. However, dining is continued into the night in a range of cuisines, with cafes open until the late afternoon.

Popponesset Island Labor Marketplace

Mashpee MA:
Mashpee, MA, USA

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Hyannis Port, Barnstable Town:
Hyannis Port, Barnstable Town, MA, USA

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Cape Cod National Seashore:
Cape Cod National Seashore, Salt Pond Visitor Center, 50 Nauset Rd, Eastham, MA 02667, USA

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Popponesset Island MA:
Popponesset Island, MA, USA

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Top Hiring Employers

  1. Southcoast Health System
  2. Cape Cod Healthcare System
  3. West Marine
  4. Bayada Nurses
  5. Staples, Petco and other retail stores
  6. Jordan Hospital
  7. Core Medical Group
  8. St. Luke's Hospital
  9. Falmouth Hospital
  10. Epoch Senior Living
  11. Faulkner Hospital
  12. Bridgewater State University

Local Job Market

When looking for work near the island, you'll find approximately 5,700 job openings in Febuary 2011. The larger portion of these jobs are located nearby the community in Mashpee (largest number), New Bedford, Hyannis, Plymouth, Falmouth, and Fairhaven; as seen on the map above. Most of these jobs are in Healthcare and pay from $20,000 - $59,999 annually. The largest number of jobs are in the $20,000 - $39,999 range.

Mashpee, Massachusetts Jobs Increased by 173% June 2009 - January 2011.

Top 10 Hot Jobs

Highest Demand Jobs Advertised

  1. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  2. Dental Assistants
  3. Physical Therapists and Assistants
  4. Occupational Therapists and Assistants
  5. Front Desk Staff - Healthcare and Lodging.
  6. Dental Hygienists
  7. Office Managers - Largely Healthcare
  8. Dental Lab Techs
  9. Salespeople and Cashiers
  10. Therapeutic Assistants - Allied medical fields.

Additional High Demand Jobs

  1. Store Managers
  2. Laboratory Assistants
  3. Security Officers
  4. Housekeepers - Included Healthcare and Lodging.
  5. Patient Service Techs and Assistants

The bulk of the job listings for Mashpee and the surrounding 25-mile radius are offered by the Healthcare Industry

© 2011 Patty Inglish MS


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    • growrichfast profile image


      7 years ago from india

      so beautiful islands i will love to be there

    • townstate profile image


      8 years ago from Salmon Idaho

      Boise isn't the richest... but it's fun.

    • kiwi91 profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      I've been to nearby Cotuit and also Waquuoit, but never Popponesset Island. Actually, I hadn't heard of it until I read this hub. Mashpee's shoreline is relatively small compared to other towns on the Cape, but it looks like they have some of the most valuable real estate. Next time I'm on Cape Cod I'll have to take a drive to Popponesset Island. Great hub!

    • pumba217 profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for this good article

    • susannah42 profile image


      8 years ago from Florida

      Thanks, now I know where to go for a job.

    • PR Morgan profile image

      PR Morgan 

      8 years ago from Sarasota Florida

      Looks like a great place. I visited Boston but not the Cape. I liked Rockport too but I think I have to make it back and see the Cape. Great Hub!

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Another absolutely excellent hub and the island is so beautiful.

    • sincerely25 profile image


      8 years ago from United States

      Really cool hub you have here. I never would have taught that MA had one of the richest cities.


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