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 21,282 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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Biddeford is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (16.10%), food service (10.42%), and sales jobs (9.64%).
Biddeford is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Biddeford enrolled in college, Biddeford has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
The citizens of Biddeford are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.32% of adults in Biddeford having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Biddeford in 2010 was $24,658, which is middle income relative to Maine and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $98,632 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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Biddeford include Irish, French Canadian, English, and German.
The most common language spoken in Biddeford is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Spanish.