Skip to main content

Richest Cities - Historic Popponesset Island, Massachusetts

Ms. Inglish has 30 years experience in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, history, and aerospace education for 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.

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, Massachusetts

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.

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"

Cape Cod Attractions Near Popponesset Island

Scroll to Continue

Bald Eagles of Mashpee

Wampoanug Nation

The Wampoanug Nation applied for U.S. 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.

About Mashpee Commons

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 within 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.

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

Higher Education on Cape Cod

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2011 Patty Inglish MS


growrichfast from india on June 22, 2012:

so beautiful islands i will love to be there

townstate from Salmon Idaho on September 20, 2011:

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

kiwi91 from USA on March 15, 2011:

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 on February 23, 2011:

Thanks for this good article

susannah42 from Florida on February 20, 2011:

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

PR Morgan from Sarasota Florida on February 18, 2011:

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, from London, UK on February 18, 2011:

Another absolutely excellent hub and the island is so beautiful.

sincerely25 from United States on February 18, 2011:

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

Related Articles