Provincetown: The Gayest Town in America

Provincetown was built for the LGBTQ lifestyle. The farthest town on the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, it’s a vibrant and friendly spot that’s welcoming to all. Whether you’re checking out the local art or walking in Carnival down Commercial Street, it’s a good time year-round.

A Quick History of Provincetown

The word “Massachusetts” is the language spoken by the Nauset Native American tribe, who were the original settlers in the area. In 1620, the Cape was actually named “Shoal Hope” before finally settling on “Cape Cod” after all the cod in the area.

In the 1890s the town was booming and a mecca for artists and writers, as well as summer tourists. In the 1960s it began to attract a significantly gay population and has remained that way ever since. Today, the majority of people that live in P-Town are in the LGBTQ community.

Stats on P-Town

  • Provincetown is the gayest town in the United States per capita.
  • The year-round population is just 3,000 people.
  • Most people refer to Provincetown as “P-Town.”
  • The Mayflower landed in P-Town first.
  • The total area is only 17.5 square miles.

Here are some more fun facts about Provincetown.

The P-Town Community

The LGBTQ Welcome Center – Provincetown Business Guild

A vivacious community space, where people grow, celebrate, and learn. A non-profit that helps to maintain the #1 gay community in America, the center has been around since 1978.

Provincetown Municipal Airport

Despite the size of the city, P-Town actually has its own airport. So, if you need to travel for work, it’s the perfect situation. It’s located 2 miles northwest of the central business district and is a public airport. Flights come in from Logan Airport, in Boston.

What’s With the Weather?

P-Town has a mild summer climate with an average seasonal snowfall of 30 inches. The tourism is insane, with thousands of people flooding into the city during the months between May and September. February is the coldest month and August is the warmest.

The LGBTQ Events Not to Miss

Year-Rounders Festival at Town Hall – March

Celebrating the unique experience of living in P-Town full time, this is an event especially for residents that features local artists, a pie-eating contest, and even a cute pet parade.

Provincetown Pride Week – June

Surprisingly, Pride Week is still in its infancy, with only a few years under its belt. The week caps off with a bay cruise and includes a Stonewall Stroll, Global Rainbow, and dance party.

Provincetown Jazz Festival - August

The P-Town Jazz Festival is huge and attracts people from every diverse background. Featuring two whole days of amazing jazz, food, and dancing, it’s an event that shouldn’t be missed.

Provincetown Carnival

This is probably the most exciting event in the city every year. Carnival is a parade down Commercial Street that features floats, fabulous drag queens, and people having an awesome time.

The Best P-Town Neighborhoods

P-town is a collection of neighborhoods that give the town a unique character. It doesn’t really matter where you stay, because the whole town is gay-friendly. Almost the entire city is walkable. It’s all one zip code.

The dividing line for the East and West End is the Standish Street intersection on the main road known as Commercial Street.

The median sales price for a home in P-Town is $530,000 and the average price per square foot is $780. This area typically has over 50 homes for sale ranging in price from as low as $300,000 up to $3,000,000.

West End

Considered the more “upscale” side of town, the West End used to be home to a large population of Portuguese fishermen. Today, it’s full of cafes, art studios, and cool clubs.

East End

Usually referred to as the “quiet side of town,” the East End is the old Yankee part of the city where the ship’s captains used to reside. Today, it’s a diverse neighborhood and a great place to raise a family.

Art and Food

Truro Vineyards

If you want to take a few moments for vino, the Truro Vineyards are right down the street. From tours to private tastings and events, it’s a stellar time that’s a little quiet from the rest.

Hudson D. Walker Gallery

Featuring selected work from local artists and committee members.

Parks and Recreation

Race Point Lighthouse

An incredible lighthouse from the early 1800s, Race Point is on the National Register of Historic Places. It features a 45-foot tall iron-plated tower with a keeper’s dwelling.

Cape Cod Provincelands Trail

From lush woods to sand dunes covered in pine trees, they say this park is one of the best in town. From gorgeous grasses covered in Cape light, it’s the perfect place to wind down or go for a hike.

Herring Cove Beach

Whether you’re going on a dune tour or having a bonfire on the beach, Herring Cove features warm water and calm waves.

The Nightlife

1620 Brewhouse

If you like craft beer and a super chill patio, this is the place for you. Located right on Commercial Street, it’s excellent for “people watching” too.

Aqua Bar

Right on the harbor, Aqua Bar has one of the best views in town. You can also bring food over right from the Aquarium Mall.

Boatslip Beach Club

This is home to the famed Tea Dance held annually and is a great time.

Farland at the Beach

This concession stand sells cold beer and is perfect for sunsets.

Governor Bradford

This is the longest-running drag karaoke in all of P-Town. It features pool tables, a jukebox, and low lighting.

Provincetown has been around for over a century, but it’s always maintained a community of writers and free-thinkers that are open and accepting. It’s also just a fun place to live year-round, and there’s something to do in every season. It’s a charming seaside town that’s not only LGBTQ-friendly, but a unique community like no other.

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