Belfast is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Maine. With a population of 6,677 people and just one neighborhood, Belfast is the 47th largest community in Maine. Much of the housing stock in Belfast was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Occupations and Workforce
Belfast is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Belfast is a city of sales and office workers, service providers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Belfast who work in sales jobs (17.39%), maintenance occupations (8.58%) and office and administrative support (8.16%).
A relatively large number of people in Belfast telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 13.37% 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
It is a fairly quiet city because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Belfast has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Belfast has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Belfast than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Belfast may be for you.
One of the nice things about Belfast is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Being a small city, Belfast does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.