Shaping the Cape’s Future

Introduction:

Cape Cod, a peninsula off of the southeastern coast of Massachusetts, has a wealth of natural, historic, and cultural resources. These qualities make it a highly desirable place in which to live, work, vacation, and retire. Some consider the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket to be part of Cape Cod but for the purposes of this study, Cape Cod is defined strictly as Barnstable County. This study is motivated by the recent decline in Cape Cod’s population.

After seven decades of rapid population growth, why has the Cape begun to lose residents, particularly among young adults, aged 25 to 44?

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