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Harwich 
This page contains an overview and links for Harwich government, finances, libraries, natural resources, recreation, real estate, and schools as well as miscellaneous links.
  

             

Photos courtesy of the
Harwich Harbormaster and the
Town of Harwich

    

    

  
Overview   

The Town of Harwich is a resort and residential community located on the south side of the Cape peninsula, with an extensive shoreline on Nantucket Sound. Harwich is an affordable, diverse community with many new facilities like the community center, good schools, and relatively low taxes. The town has excellent beaches along Nantucket Sound, on Pleasant Bay, and on many of the town's fresh water ponds. The town's harbors, Wychmere, Saquatucket, and Allen's, are some of the most beautiful on the Cape. The website of the Harwich Harbormaster provides a thorough overview of the town.

Harwich was settled around 1665, and incorporated in 1694. Its early economy included agriculture and maritime industries, and its history has included boom and bust cycles from the earliest days of the community. When the whaling industry collapsed with the discovery of oil, the community's emphasis shifted to cod fishing. By 1802, 15 to 20 ships were shore fishing and another four ships were cod fishing in Newfoundland and Labrador, and by 1851, there were 48 ships employing 577 men and bringing in thousands of tons of cod and mackerel. The eventual decline of the fishing industry in Harwich by the latter part of the 19th century was caused by increases in the size of ships which eventually outstripped the shallow port's ability to house them.

Residents turned to the development of cranberry bogs and resorts for summer visitors, working side-by-side with Portuguese immigrants. The first resort hotel opened in 1880 and both the cranberry and the tourist industries remain substantial parts of Harwich's economy in the present. In 1775, when Separatists and Baptists outnumbered Orthodox Congregationalists, Harwich burghers felt independent enough to refuse to support a minister with public tax monies and they continued refusing to do so for 18 years. The town showed religious diversity from the first, including residents who are Baptists, Methodists, Reformed Methodists (anti-Episcopal), Wesleyans and Catholics, among others.

Commercial, motel and condominium development has been intense along the Route 28 corridor and suburban development has significantly decreased the remaining agricultural landscape, but the town retains much of its 19th century character, including period Portuguese farmhouses.

(Narrative in part courtesy of the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.)

 
Harwich Government   

Town of Harwich websites:

Harwich information from state agencies:

Regional information from state agencies:

Information specific to Harwich can also be found within the following comprehensive listings:

Other Harwich community websites:

 

Town Meeting

  

Finances   

State Report of Harwich's Finances

 

Employment and Wages

 

Valuation (Real Estate) Certification Statistics

   
Libraries   
Brooks Free Library
 Search Cape Cod Libraries
 Harwich Public Library Information
Chase Library in West Harwich on Route 28 next to Friendly's   Hasn't changed in 50 years.
  Harwich Port Library on Bank St. on the way to the beach
  

Natural Resources   

Office of the Harwich Harbormaster Tom Leach, our harbormaster, has created one of the great sites on Cape Cod.

 

Shellfish Information

 Saquatucket Marina
 Tide Charts
 Cape Cod National Seashore
 

 

Recreation   

Cranberry Valley Golf Course 183 Oak St., Harwich 508-430-7560
18-hole, par 72, 6,945 yards Spikeless; Greens fee: $40 weekdays, $50 weekends.

Harwichport Golf Club Forest Street and South St., Harwichport  508-432-0250
9-hole, par 34, 2,538 yards Spikeless; No Tee times;  Greens fees: $21.

 List of Cape Cod Golf Courses
 Charter Boats
 Beaches
 Waypoints & Charts
 Birdwatching
 Bicycling
 Walking
  

Real Estate   

Barnstable County Registry of Deeds
 Cape Cod Commission
 Valuation (Real Estate) Certification Statistics (PDF document)
 

Schools   

Harwich Public Schools Web Site

Harwich School and District Profiles

 MCAS results
Spring 2000 MCAS district and school results (files in Abobe PDF format):
BY DISTRICT
4th Grade
8th Grade
10th Grade
Category legend

BY SCHOOL
4th Grade
8th Grade
10th Grade
 
 

   

Miscellaneous

Harwich Chamber of Commerce

 

Harwich Weather

 

Real-time Weather Conditions from Harwich Middle School (This site is cute, but often down.)

 More Harwich Information from the Cape Cod Times
 Links from Townstuff.com
 Harwich Junior Theater Web Page
 Cape Cod Chronicle (weekly newspaper covering Harwich and Chatham)
 Dunscroft by the Sea bed and breakfast
  Clapp's Guest House 
 Ferry to Nantucket from Harwich
  
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Harwich Data

For population 25 years and over in Harwich

  • High school or higher: 90.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 31.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 13.4%
  • Unemployed: 4.5%
  • Mean travel time to work: 19.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Harwich

  • Never married: 16.1%
  • Now married: 61.7%
  • Separated: 1.5%
  • Widowed: 9.2%
  • Divorced: 11.4%

Average weather in Harwich, Massachusetts

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Average temp. (F)30.330.636.744.954.162.969.268.762.853.144.735.7
High temperature (F)37.537.743.251.060.369.476.075.369.460.051.042.6
Low temperature (F)23.023.530.138.647.856.362.462.056.346.138.328.8
Precipitation (in)4.13.74.13.93.53.33.23.43.74.03.94.4

 

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Normal climate in Harwich, Massachusetts

Based on data reported by main weather stations

 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Days with precip.1210121112111010991112
Wind speed (mph)14.014.214.413.912.511.811.210.911.412.313.213.6
Morning humidity (%)737273707376778081797773
Afternoon humidity (%)595656525557565859565959
Sunshine (%)515454545659616160584950
Days clear of clouds9887677891188
Partly cloudy days7788101012118878
Cloudy days151315151513121212121515
Snowfall (in)12.812.49.21.70.10.00.00.00.00.11.88.6

 

Hospitals/medical centers near Harwich:
  • CAPE COD HOSPITAL (about 13 miles; HYANNIS, MA)
  • REHAB HOSP OF THE CAPE AND ISLANDS (about 24 miles; EAST SANDWICH, MA)
  • NANTUCKET COTTAGE HOSPITAL (about 29 miles; NANTUCKET, MA)

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Harwich:
  • BARNSTABLE MUNI-BOARDMAN/POLANDO FIELD (about 12 miles; HYANNIS, MA; ID: HYA)
  • NANTUCKET MEMORIAL (about 31 miles; NANTUCKET, MA; ID: ACK)
  • MARTHAS VINEYARD (about 41 miles; VINEYARD HAVEN, MA; ID: MVY)
Other public-use airports nearest to Harwich:
  • CHATHAM MUNI (about 9 miles; CHATHAM, MA; ID: CQX)
  • CAPE COD (about 21 miles; MARSTON MILLS, MA; ID: 2B1)
  • PROVINCETOWN MUNI (about 28 miles; PROVINCETOWN, MA; ID: PVC)

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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Harwich:
  • UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS-DARTMOUTH (about 62 miles; NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA; FT enrollment: 6,071)
  • BRIDGEWATER STATE COLLEGE (about 64 miles; BRIDGEWATER, MA; FT enrollment: 6,843)
  • MASSASOIT COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 68 miles; BROCKTON, MA; FT enrollment: 4,161)
  • BRISTOL COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 72 miles; FALL RIVER, MA; FT enrollment: 3,497)
  • STONEHILL COLLEGE (about 73 miles; EASTON, MA; FT enrollment: 2,374)
  • QUINCY COLLEGE (about 73 miles; QUINCY, MA; FT enrollment: 2,528)
  • BABSON COLLEGE (about 77 miles; WELLESLEY, MA; FT enrollment: 2,659)


Harwich compared to Massachusetts state average:
  • Median house value above state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.
  • Population density significantly below state average.


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Strongest AM radio stations in Harwich:
  • WFPB (1170 AM; daytime; 1 kW; ORLEANS, MA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS)
  • WBUR (1240 AM; 1 kW; WEST YARMOUTH, MA; Owner: THE EXEC. COMM. OF TRTS. BOSTON U)
  • WRKO (680 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WEEI (850 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WBZ (1030 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WKOX (1200 AM; 50 kW; FRAMINGHAM, MA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WALE (990 AM; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, RI; Owner: NORTH AMERICAN BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WWZN (1510 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ROSE CITY RADIO CORPORATION)
  • WBIX (1060 AM; 40 kW; NATICK, MA; Owner: LANGER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WCRN (830 AM; 50 kW; WORCESTER, MA; Owner: CARTER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WAMG (890 AM; 25 kW; DEDHAM, MA; Owner: MEGA COMMUNICATIONS OF DEDHAM LICENSEE, LLC)
  • WRCA (1330 AM; 25 kW; WALTHAM, MA; Owner: WRCA LICENSE, LLC)
  • WNNZ (640 AM; 50 kW; WESTFIELD, MA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Harwich:
  • WXTK (95.1 FM; WEST YARMOUTH, MA; Owner: BOCH BROADCASTING LTD. PARTNERSHIP)
  • WOCN-FM (103.9 FM; SOUTH YARMOUTH, MA; Owner: SANDAB COMMUNICATIONS LTD. PARTNERSHIP II)
  • WCOD-FM (106.1 FM; HYANNIS, MA; Owner: BOCH BROADCASTING, L.P.)
  • WCCT-FM (90.3 FM; HARWICH, MA; Owner: CAPE COD REGIONAL TECH HIGH SCHOOL)
  • WKPE-FM (104.7 FM; ORLEANS, MA; Owner: CRB WKPE LIC CORP.)
  • WFCC-FM (107.5 FM; CHATHAM, MA; Owner: CHARLES RIVER B/CING WFCC LIC. CORP.)
  • WDVT (93.5 FM; HARWICH PORT, MA; Owner: BOCH BROADCASTING, L.P.)
  • WPXC (102.9 FM; HYANNIS, MA; Owner: QANTUM OF CAPE COD LICENSE COMPANY, LLC)
  • WQRC (99.9 FM; BARNSTABLE, MA; Owner: SANDAB COMMUNICATION LTD. PNR/SHP II)
  • WRZE (96.3 FM; NANTUCKET, MA; Owner: QANTUM OF CAPE COD LICENSE COMPANY, LLC)

TV broadcast stations around Harwich:
  • W08CH (Channel 8; HYANNIS, MA; Owner: WGBH EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION)
  • WDPX (Channel 58; VINEYARD HAVEN, MA; Owner: PAXSON BOSTON-68 LICENSE, INC.)
  • WMPX-LP (Channel 67; DENNIS, MA; Owner: PAXSON BOSTON-68 LICENSE, INC.)

 

 

  

Real Estate Information for Harwich

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