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Town of Brewster
There are more than 9,200 full-time residents in Brewster with a median age exceeding 52. Nearly 17 percent are 60 or older.
Brewster has a very large second home population. As of 2010, the U.S. Census reports that 46 percent of all households are second homes. In the summer, Brewster’s population triples to nearly 25,000.
The town once was part of Harwich and was first settled in 1656. By the turn of that century, it has split off as its own town and was officially incorporated in 1803. Named in honor of William Brewster, the first religious leader of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony, the town grew around Main Street, now Route 6A and Stony Brook’s grist and wool mill.
Back then and even today, Brewster is renowned as the Sea Captain’s town. If you play golf, note that the municipal golf course is named Captain’s and the individual holes are commemorated to individual sea captains.
Brewster has a modest commercial and retail sector. It is home to Nickerson State Park as well as the Cape’s largest pond, Long Pond. It’s well known for its “Flats.” At low tide, you can take a long hike into Cape Cod Bay.
Brewster is home to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and the Cape Repertory theater that actually is located at an old summer camp in Nickerson State Park.
- Median household income is $60,515
- The average commute is more than 27 minutes
- 25 percent of residents work in healthcare and education
- 16 percent work in retail and 13 percent in construction
- There are 344 home-based businesses in town.
- The median home value is $388,200 according to Zillow and have risen 2.5 percent in the last year and are forecast to rise 2.2 percent in 2015.
- The median list price per square foot is $272, slightly lower than the Cape-wide average.
- Median rent is $1,450
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Council on Aging
Herring Run and Gristmill
Nickerson State Park
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