Best Towns for Seniors to Live in on Cape Cod

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Cape Cod appeals to seniors who are dreaming about getting away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. They want a more laid-back lifestyle with an intense sense of community. With white sandy beaches and small 15 towns and villages, it’s hard to pick the best towns to live in for Cape Cod seniors because each one offers its own unique appeal.

Affordable Towns for Cape Cod Seniors

senior townsMany Cape Cod seniors often live on a fixed budget. Luckily, several communities in Cape Cod fall below the national average for living which makes them very appealing to retirees seeking affordability.

  • Barnstable: Barnstable is one of the largest communities on Cape Cod and it’s known for having a younger, vibrant population. Millennials and families have flocked to the area because of the job opportunities, lovely beaches, ample attractions, and affordable cost of living. However, this doesn’t mean there is no place in Barnstable for seniors. It’s actually one of the most popular retiree destinations for Cape Cod seniors.

In a new rating by SoFi,  Barnstable places at the top of the happiest cities to retire in the U.S..  Rating #1  in the country in the Social category, making it one of the top three cities for residents 65 and up. While living in Barnstable can be expensive (the median household income is $91,438) , senior will find plenty of entertainment and social activities. It must be noted that Barnstable did have a low score for less access to healthcare.

  • Dennis:  If you prefer a small community to retire in then this is a fantastic choice. You’ll find attractions and picturesque beaches. Best of all, it has the lowest property taxes on Cape Cod.
  • Yarmouth: Golfers find Yarmouth especially appealing with its superior golf courses at Yarmouth Port. It offers a laidback lifestyle without the throngs of tourists so many other towns on Cape Cod suffer from during the summer months. There are also independent living choices for such as Maplewood at Mayflower Place. Compared to similar locations, Yarmouth is considered an affordable choice for Cape Cod seniors.

Other Cape Cod Towns for Seniors

senior hyannisBelow are a few other top choices for seniors seeking a retired lifestyle on Cape Cod.

  • Falmouth: If you are seeking a town with several vibrant retirement communities then look no further than Falmouth. Atria Woodbriar Park is close to beaches and has its own Main Street. Another big draw about Falmouth is that it provides easy access to Boston and Martha’s Vineyards. Seniors with adult children and grandchildren living in Boston love the ease of getting between the town and the city which makes visits and holidays easier.
  • Chatham: Chatham is famous for being the hotspot for retirement living on Cape Cod. It has walkable streets and ample shopping. It’s a wonderful hub for seniors who enjoy an active lifestyle and who want to associate with other retirees.
  • Mashpee: Don’t let the rural setting of Mashpee fool you. The small town is close to Hyannis and Falmouth which both offer ample shopping and recreational opportunities. It’s located close to the saltwater and freshwater beaches of Nantucket Sound.
  • Hyannis: The Village of Hyannis is actually the business district of the town of Barnstable. It’s a wonderful place for retirees who love to shop. You’ll be near the Cape Cod National Seashore and lovely beaches.
  • Brewster: This lovely town acts as a gateway to the Nickerson State Park and Long Pond which are great for seniors who like to fish, swim, or kayak. You’ll also have access to wonderful beaches. The median age in Brewster is 55, which makes it an ideal place for retirees who want to socialize.

Retiring to Cape Cod

cape cod seniors As most people know, Cape Cod is a hot travel destination with thousands of vacationers flocking to the peninsula every summer season to enjoy the ample activities and amazing beaches. However, what many don’t realize is that Cape Cod is also a retirement hotspot.

Cape Cod is alive with shopping, art galleries, museums, public beaches, fishing, wildlife, and golfing. Unlike most of New England, Cape Cods’ winter weather is more temperate, and, in the summer, it tends to be a little cooler. For seniors who enjoy the seasons but don’t want to be bone-chilling cold then Cape Cod is an ideal choice.


Beach-loving retirees enjoy ample coastal living opportunities. They can live close to the beaches, fishing, and boating for an affordable price. Many consider the beaches their own community on Cape Cod. You’ll get to know your neighbors who also visit the beach, restaurants, and local shops. Retirees have the opportunity to make friends and genuinely enjoy a strong sense of community with the other locals.

Proximity to Major Cities

Seniors who retire on Cape Cod can rest easy knowing that family and friends will frequently visit the beautiful area to enjoy all of the region’s amenities while visiting for the summer or holidays. The location of the Cape is also favorable – only an hour from Boston and Providence. It also sits only 4.5 hours from New York City.


Housing Choices

On the Cape, housing options for retirees are limited only by the current tight market. You’ll find single-family homes, condos, luxurious golf communities, independent care, skilled nursing, and assisted living facilities.

Social Opportunities for Cape Cod Seniors

newcomeThe Cape has 7 Newcomers Clubs that are very active and can be a great resource for those retiring to the Cape and seeking a new social network.

Seniors seeking social opportunities will find unlimited choices in the towns of Cape Cod:

  • Arts and cultural events
  • Exhibits
  • Social groups
  • Gardening clubs
  • Gaming clubs
  • Men’s clubs
  • Museums
  • Aquariums
  • Marinas
  • Plays
  • Political opportunities
  • Libraries
  • Biking
  • Weather
  • LGBT
  • Sporting events
  • Symphony
  • Ballet
  • Golfing

Medical Care

The medical community in Cape Cod is thriving with two leading hospitals: Cape Cod and Falmouth Hospitals. There are also ample medical centers, laboratories, and rehab facilities such as the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. You can also take round-trip fares to Boston Hospitals using the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority.


If you are seeking a strong retirement community with ample things to do, picturesque beaches, shopping, restaurants, golfing, and more then you’ll want to explore Best Senior Living Options on Cape Cod.




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