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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).

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Orleans location: 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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The weather in Orleans is seasonal. Here is a current weather page for Orleans.
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Orleans history:

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 attractions:

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 page of photographs of Orleans.

Cape Guide - Cape Code guide to beaches, golf, lodging and more

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