East Dennis, Massachusetts

Census-designated place in Massachusetts, United States
41°44′25″N 70°9′26″W / 41.74028°N 70.15722°W / 41.74028; -70.15722CountryUnited StatesStateMassachusettsCountyBarnstableTownDennisArea • Total4.98 sq mi (12.90 km2) • Land4.83 sq mi (12.52 km2) • Water0.15 sq mi (0.38 km2)Elevation
26 ft (8 m)Population
 • Total2,585 • Density534.64/sq mi (206.43/km2)Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST)) • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)ZIP code
Area code508FIPS code25-18840GNIS feature ID0615830

East Dennis is a village and census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Dennis in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States. It was settled in the 1630s.[2] The population was 2,753 at the 2010 census.[3]


East Dennis is located in the northeastern part of the town of Dennis.[4] East Dennis is north of South Dennis. The zip code of East Dennis (02660) is shared with much of South Dennis, which leads to confusion about the location of streets common to other areas of Dennis. Directly to the west is the village of Dennis. East Dennis is bounded to the north by Cape Cod Bay and to the west by the town of Brewster. It includes Sea Street Beach, Cold Storage Beach, and Crowes Pasture Beach on the bayside.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the East Dennis CDP has a total area of 4.9 square miles (12.8 km2), of which 4.8 square miles (12.4 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2) (3.01%) is water.[3]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 3,299 people, 1,516 households, and 1,027 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 265.4 people/km2 (687 people/sq mi). There were 2,203 housing units at an average density of 177.2 units/km2 (459 units/sq mi). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.09% White, 0.79% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.73% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.67% of the population.

There were 1,516 households, out of which 16.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.6% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.62.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 15.7% under the age of 18, 3.5% from 18 to 24, 17.2% from 25 to 44, 29.4% from 45 to 64, and 34.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 55 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $47,857, and the median income for a family was $57,177. Males had a median income of $46,627 versus $30,230 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $27,466. About 5.6% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.2% of those under age 18 and 1.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

Notable current and former residents of East Dennis include:

  • Scott Corbett (1913–2006), author of 69 children's books and six novels, including We Chose Cape Cod (1953), describing East Dennis in fascinating detail
  • Edward Gelsthorpe (1923–2009), marketing executive called "Cranapple Ed" for his best-known product launch[8]
  • Anna Howard Shaw (1847–1919), first American woman ordained Methodist Protestant minister
  • Gertrude Lawrence (1898–1952), British star of stage musicals and comedies; had a summer home in East Dennis from 1940.[9]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 21, 2022.
  2. ^ "SNPOA". SNPOA. Retrieved July 7, 2023.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): East Dennis CDP, Massachusetts". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  5. ^ "Beach Information | Dennis MA". www.town.dennis.ma.us. Retrieved July 8, 2023.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  8. ^ Grimes, William. "Edward Gelsthorpe, Master Marketer, Dies at 88", The New York Times, September 27, 2009. Accessed September 29, 2009.
  9. ^ Boston Globe 29 September 1952 "Memorial Services Held in Dennis for Gertrude Lawrence" p.11

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