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
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Belfast is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 13.37% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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
Residents will find that the city is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Belfast is worth considering.
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.
Belfast is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.