these are characters who were born and raised in cape cod, massachusetts. they've spent their entire lives in cape cod, save for a few short-term vacations out of state. they know everything there is to know about the cape and would be the perfect tour guides for any newcomers. they're proud natives of cape cod and have no intentions of ever leaving this safe haven.
LOCAL these are characters who were not born in cape cod, massachusetts, but have been living here for over 5 years now. they're familiar with the culture of the cape, the townsfolk, the community at large, and the various customs and traditions. however, they have much to learn and have decided to remain in cape cod for a very long time.
RETURNER these are characters who were born in cape cod and were raised here for the most part, but eventually ended up leaving for college, work, or something else entirely. they spent a good many years away from cape cod, but have recently decided to return to their hometown for good. they're familiar with the community, but may have some serious catching up to do after spending several years away.
NEWCOMER these are characters who are new to cape cod, massachusetts. they may have been here before for a day or two, but this is the first time they are taking up permanent residence here in cape cod. needless to say, they were not born and raised in cape cod and have a lot to look forward to! your character classifies as a newcomer if he/she has been in cape cod for less than 5 years.
VISITOR these are characters who are visiting cape cod for a short little while and are always on the move. they may purchase a home in cape cod - if they have the financial means to do so - but they are in and out of cape cod regularly and are not natives. they may be here on business, vacation, or some other reason entirely. all we know is that all their stays at the cape will be short ones.