Just like Town Neck Beach, Sandwich’s population is shrinking. But thankfully not by the same fantastic rate.
According to the latest federal census numbers, Sandwich’s population stands at 20,169. That’s down 2.5 percent from 2010.
Women make up just over half of our population, at 51 percent, according to the census. And although we often think of Sandwich as an aging community, just 23 percent of the town’s population is over the age of 65, the census states.
Few will be surprised to learn that Sandwich is a predominately white community. Ultra-white, that is. Of the people who completed the latest census, 95 percent were white, 2 percent were Hispanic, 1 percent were Black, 1 percent were Asian, and 1 percent listed themselves as being of two or more races.
A total of 3.5 percent of folks in town are foreign born. And among all the homes in town, languages other than English are spoken in just 6 percent of them.
Sandwich has a total of 7,818 households. The majority—91 percent—are owner occupied. The average number of people living in each household stands at a bit more than 2.5. Just over 91 percent of people in town have been in the same home for more than one year.
The median value of owner-occupied homes in Sandwich is $382,000. The average mortgage in town is $2,214 a month. People renting their housing pay an average of about $1,321 a month, according to the census numbers.
The median household income in town is $98,827. The median per-person income during the past 12 months is $48,625.
The rate of people living below the poverty line in Sandwich stands at 3.6 percent. The national average stands at 10.5 percent.
Just over 3.5 percent of Sandwich residents have no health insurance. Nationally, that number stands at 9.5 percent Of people under the age of 65 in town, 7 percent have a disability, according to the census.
The vast majority of homes in town have at least one computer (96 percent) and have a broadband Internet subscription (91 percent). This is higher than the national average of 90 percent and 83 percent, respectively.
We are an educated community. Of people over 25 years old in town, 97 percent have graduated high school or attended at least one year of college; 47 percent have earned a bachelor’s or higher degree.
There are 1,621 veterans living among us, according to the census.
Of all the businesses in town (2,873), 332 are owned by veterans.
Minorities own 104 businesses in town; women own 1,145.
Sandwich’s land area measures 42.74 square miles. For each square mile, there are just over 483 people.