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Aquinnah, Massachusetts

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Aquinnah is a town, formerly known as Gay Head, located on Martha's Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 344.

History

Aquinnah was first settled in 1669 and was officially incorporated in 1870 as Gay Head, Massachusetts. The town re-incorporated in 1995 as Aquinnah.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 105.6 km² (40.8 mi²). 13.9 km² (5.4 mi²) of it is land and 91.7 km² (35.4 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 86.85% water.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 344 people, 141 households, and 88 families residing in the town. The population density is 24.8/km² (64.1/mi²). There are 463 housing units at an average density of 33.4/km² (86.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 53.49% White, 0.29% African American, 36.63% Native American, 0.00% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.87% from other races, and 8.72% from two or more races. 1.16% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 141 households out of which 33.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.3% are married couples living together, 17.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% are non-families. 30.5% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.44 and the average family size is 3.04.

In the town the population is spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 96.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 84.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $45,208, and the median income for a family is $46,458. Males have a median income of $37,917 versus $26,250 for females. The per capita income for the town is $21,420. 7.1% of the population and 8.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 4.0% of those under the age of 18 and 14.3% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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