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. Much of the housing stock in Biddeford was built prior to World War II, 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%).
Because there are quite a few people attending college in Biddeford, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Biddeford provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.
One of the nice things about Biddeford 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.
The education level of Biddeford citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 24.32% of adults in Biddeford have at least a bachelor's 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.