Bar Harbor is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Maine. With a population of 5,308 people and just one neighborhood, Bar Harbor is the 59th largest community in Maine.
Real Estate Prices
Bar Harbor real estate is some of the most expensive in Maine, although Bar Harbor house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Occupations and Workforce
Bar Harbor is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Bar Harbor is a town of professionals, service providers and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bar Harbor who work in food service (12.90%), management occupations (12.80%) and teaching (10.78%).
And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Bar Harbor has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.
A relatively large number of people in Bar Harbor telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.77% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Setting & Lifestyle
In addition, Bar Harbor is a college town. There are a lot of students in Bar Harbor attending college, and as a result Bar Harbor provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.
Bar Harbor is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Bar Harbor spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.56 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.
Being a small town, Bar Harbor does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.