Dartmouth was one of the first areas of Southeastern Massachusetts settled nearly 300 years ago. Dartmouth itself is part of the Farm Coast New England, comprised of historic coastal villages, vineyards, and farms. There are several waterways including Lake Noquochoke, Cornell Pond, Shingle Island River and Paskamansett River. There are several working farms and vineyards in town. The in-town vineyards are part of the regions Coastal Wine Tour.
The villages of Hixville, Bliss Corner, Padanaram, Smith Mills, and Russells Mills are located within the town. Dartmouth shares borders with Westport, Freetown, Fall River, Buzzards Bay, and New Bedford with boat shuttles traveling multiple times daily to Martha’s Vineyard and Cuttyhunk Island. Two distinct regions of Dartmouth are separated by Route 6, North Dartmouth which is very rural and South Dartmouth along the sea with extraordinary coastal villages like Padanaram. Median price home values are at $338,000 and taxes are level at $10.00/thousand. Dartmouth is home to the University of Massachusetts, the largest educational center in the Southcoast.