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Statistics & Facts

The Massachusetts state capital is Boston.
The population of Orleans is approximately 6,458 (2005), 1621 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 5,073 (2000), 851 (2010).
The amount of land area in Orleans is 5.515 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Orleans is 2.3 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.272 sq kilometers.
The distance from Orleans to Washington DC is 433 miles.
The distance to the Massachusetts state capital is 92 miles. (as the crow flies)
Orleans is positioned 41.79 degrees north of the equator and 70.00 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Orleans elevation is 60 feet above sea level.
Orleans per capita income is $ 29,553 (2000).
Orleans median income is $ 50,500 (2005).
The Orleans median home price is $ 673,500 (2005).


in the Cape Cod area of southeastern Massachusetts about 47 miles from Plymouth and about 92 miles from Boston. Other nearby communities include Eastham, North Eastham, Brewster, East Harwich, West Chatham and Chatham.
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seasonal. Here is a current weather page for Orleans.
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History & History Related Items

The first permanent settlement here was established by Nicholas Snow and his family in 1642. It was named for Louis Phillippe II, Duke of Orleans for the support of France during the Revolutionary War and was incorporated in 1797. The townspeople did not want an English name because they were captured twice during the Revolutionary War by the British.

As the town grew, so did its need for resources. At first, the local economy was related to fishing, whaling and agriculture, but when the railroad was extended to the area, tourism began to expand and became an important aspect of the economy. When the Cape Cod National Seashore was established in 1961, the area economy received a nice boost.

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Orleans is the gateway to Outer Cape Code. The Cape Code National Seashore and Rock Harbor are located here.

The Town of Orleans has a great Cape Guide - Cape Code guide to beaches, golf, lodging and more
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Orleans City Government

Town of Orleans

Orleans has an open town meeting form of government. It has a town secretary and a board of selectmen. Orleans has its own police and fire departments

Orleans Historical Events

CG36500 Lifeboat
This lifeboatis famous for its role in the 18 February 1952 rescue of the tanker, Pendleton, survivors during a great northeasterly storm. After being decommissioned in 1968, the Orleans historical society became its restorers.

Orleans Chamber

Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
5 Shoot Flying Hill Road
Centerville MA 02632
Phone: 508-362-3225

Orleans Chamber of Commerce
44 Main Street
Orleans, MA 02653
Phone: 508-255-1386
Toll-free: 800-865-1386

Orleans Community Events

Every Summer
Pops in the Park
at Eldredge Park

Orleans Organizations

Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
5 Shoot Flying Hill Road
Centerville MA 02632
Phone: 508-362-3225

Orleans Chamber of Commerce
44 Main Street
Orleans, MA 02653
Phone: 508-255-1386
Toll-free: 800-865-1386

Orleans Libraries

Snow Library
67 Main Street
Orleans, MA
Phone: 508-240-3760

Orleans Schools

Nauset Regional School District Orleans


The population of Orleans was:
1990 - 1,699
2000 - 6.341
2005 - 6,458

Many homes in Orleans are second homes and are used heavily by tourists to the area. Population density:
2000 - 447.3 persons per square mile

Median age:
2000 - 55.5 years

Median house value:
2000 - $ 300,700
2005 - $ 673,500

Median household Income:
2000 - $ 42,594
2005 - $ 50,500

Orleans is located in the Eastern Time Zone.

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