Provincetown, Rhode Island


Pilgrim Monument
Pilgrim Monument
Pride Parade
Pride Parade
Beech Forest
Beech Forest
Race Point
Race Point



Sunny Days: 201
64100 Affordability
75100 Schools
20100 Diversity
66100 Safety

I live in San Francisco, I live in Provincetown. They're all the same, apart from Baltimore. Baltimore's the only cheap place left. - John Waters

Best Thing About Living in Provincetown

All Welcome Here

Provincetown is a highly welcoming community with an emphasis on tolerance. The city’s long been known as an enclave of fishermen, hospitality workers, and the queer community, all of whom are eager to add new people to their shared home. This is combined with gorgeous beaches, a natural deepwater harbor, and parades and other cultural events, you will find no shortage of warm welcome in Provincetown. Particularly if you are a member of the queer community, you will find one of the oldest and safest enclaves for your LGBTQ siblings in the entire country, with a completely normalized atmosphere of inclusion for queer couples who wish to engage in public displays of affection.

Worst Thing About Living in Provincetown

It Ain't Cheap

The lack of affordable housing in Provincetown is the biggest challenge for the city. Simply put, finding a year-round home for purchase or rental is very difficult, with a median home value of $666,700 and a median rent of $1,113. Add into this cost of living challenge the fact that most of the shopping is boutique (meaning expensive) and the fact that the majority of the population, and thus the workforce, clears out during the winter, and year-round living becomes a challenge. A common complaint about Provincetown is that they need more year-round workers, but the city is simply too expensive to afford on a service workers budget. Essentially, Provincetown is easiest to move to if money is not an object for you.

Lifestyle of Provincetown

Provincetown’s history as a safe harbor for queer Americans is long-standing and noteworthy. It is an incredibly popular spot for both individuals and families to visit and for those who can afford it, relocate full-time. It boasts a Pride Parade every year, with options for adults and children alike. Artists often flock to Provincetown for the colorful and creative atmosphere, with art festivals and expos among those most popular local events. And of course, fishermen do well in Provincetown thanks to the natural deepwater harbor, with the long history of Portuguese immigrants forming a large part of the workforce. That said, it is often difficult to find full-time, year-round work due to many of the jobs being in the tourism and hospitality industries being less active during Winter months. The median age of Provincetown is also on the higher side at 57, something to note before you relocate.

Schools of Provincetown

K-8 students are serviced by Provincetown’s International Baccalaureate school. Provincetown High School closed in 2010 due to declining enrollment. Since then, high school aged residents have been redistricted to Nauset Regional High School. Other options in the area include Sturgis Charter Public School and Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. Due to the relatively low population of minors in Provincetown, families should give some thought to their children’s educational needs before relocating.

Why Should I Move to Provincetown Right Now?

Beach Time for WFH'ers

If you are an artist, a fisherman, a retiree, or well-off member of the LGBTQ community with an affinity for the beach and the arts, as well as a high tolerance for the cold, Provincetown may just be the place for you. Being a work-from-homer certainly helps given the limited job market here.

Neighborhoods in Provincetown

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Historic District


One of the largest parts of Provincetown, the Historic District represents the soul of the city. Home to the Chamber of Commerce, McMillan Pier, and the Marina, it provides a good look into how Provincetown relates to the nearby ocean while serving as a transportation hub and launching point for whale watches. It is also home to the First Universalist Church, the town library, and the post office. With an emphasis on Georgian, Federal, and mid-19th Century Revival Architecture, the median price list for a house is $1,599,000, so be prepared to break out the checkbook before moving to this stunning piece of living history and community.

Standish Street


A scenic locale right by the water, Standish Street forms a lovely and vintage-themed part of town. The famous Art’s Dune Tours is located on Standish Street, which offers a beautiful and all natural look at the environment that makes Cape Cod so desirable. The average age on Standish Street is 53, making it perfect for older residents looking to settle down and embrace the quiet life in clear view of nature. Average property value on Standish Street is $462,000, and average income level is $43,000 approximately, making it one of the more affordable streets for potential full-time residents.

Commercial Street


Commercial Street forms the central vein of Provincetown. Filled with retail outlets, hotels, galleries, and cafes, Commercial Street is easily the most tourist-oriented part of town, and living there will offer no shortage of fun activities. That said, it is costly. Median price for a home on Commercial Street is $1,650,000, due to both exclusivity of housing options and its relative proximity to the water.

East End


East End forms a major part of life in Provincetown. It is home to the famous East End Market, the East End Playground, and East End Books. It houses many of the city’s most famous areas, but on the whole is well-known for being a posh and desirable section of town. The median list price for homes in the East End is $1,650,000. Many of the most desirable beach houses in Provincetown are situated squarely in this neighborhood.

Bradford Street


Situated in plain view of the Pilgrim Monument, Bradford Street is an excellent example of historic Provincetown. With its roots deep in the city’s past and always open to welcoming newcomers, Bradford Street is popular among residents. It boasts a plethora of single family housing options and condominiums. Purchasing options for homes often reach or exceed one million dollars, however, so be prepared to spend a lot of money if you want to live here.