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Nantucket – Beautiful Island in the World

Nantucket is an island about 30 miles (60 km) south of Cape Cod, in the American state of Massachusetts, Together with the small islands of Tuckernuck and Muskeget, it constitutes the Town of Nantucket, and the conterminous Nantucket County, which are consolidated. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,172, though many citizens believe the population has risen to about 20,000 including people out of the census. Part of the town is designated the Nantucket CDP or census designated place. The region of Surfside on Nantucket is the southernmost settlement in Massachusetts.

Tourist destination:
The name “Nantucket” is adapted from similar Algonquian names for the island, perhaps meaning “faraway land or island”. Nantucket is a tourist destination and summer colony. Due to tourists and seasonal residents, the population of the island increases to at least 50,000 during the summer months. In 2008, Forbes magazine cited Nantucket as having home values among the highest in the US. Home prices per square foot are considered much higher than those in the Hamptons on Long Island. The National Park Service cites Nantucket, designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1966, as being the finest surviving architectural and environmental example of a late 18th- and early 19th-century New England seaport town”.

Arts and culture:
Nantucket has several noted museums and galleries, including the Maria Mitchell Association, including the Maria Mitchell Aquarium, and the Nantucket Whaling Museum. Nantucket is home to both visual and performing arts. The island has been an art colony since the 1920s, whose artists have come to capture the natural beauty of the island’s landscapes and seascapes, including its flora and the fauna. Noted artists who have lived on or painted in Nantucket include Frank Swift Chase and Theodore Robinson. Artist Rodney Charman was commissioned to create a series of paintings depicting the marine history of Nantucket, which were collected in the book Portrait of Nantucket, 1659-1890: The Paintings of Rodney Charman in 1989. Noted authors, including Herman Melville and Nathaniel Philbrick, have visited or lived there. Internationally famous pop star Meghan Trainor hails from Nantucket.
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