Biddeford is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Maine. With a population of 21,362 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Biddeford is the sixth largest community in Maine. Biddeford has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities, Biddeford isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Biddeford are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Biddeford is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Biddeford who work in office and administrative support (17.82%), food service (10.75%), and sales jobs (10.19%).
In addition, Biddeford is a college town. There are a lot of students in Biddeford attending college, and as a result Biddeford provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.
Biddeford 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Biddeford is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Biddeford, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The population of Biddeford overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Biddeford, 22.93% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Biddeford in 2010 was $24,602, which is middle income relative to Maine and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $98,408 for a family of four. However, Biddeford contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Biddeford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Biddeford residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Biddeford include Irish, French Canadian, English, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Biddeford is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Polish.