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 an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
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%).
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.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Biddeford use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Biddeford‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
The education level of Biddeford citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 22.93% of adults in Biddeford 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.