Cape Elizabeth, ME
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Cape Elizabeth is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Maine. With a population of 9,329 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Cape Elizabeth is the 25th largest community in Maine.

Cape Elizabeth home prices are not only among the most expensive in Maine, but Cape Elizabeth real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Cape Elizabeth is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 87.82% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Cape Elizabeth is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Cape Elizabeth who work in management occupations (15.81%), healthcare (12.10%), and sales jobs (10.74%).

Of important note, Cape Elizabeth is also a town of artists. Cape Elizabeth has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Cape Elizabeth’s character.

Also of interest is that Cape Elizabeth has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 13.24% 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.

In addition, Cape Elizabeth is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Cape Elizabeth is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Cape Elizabeth’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

Cape Elizabeth 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.

In Cape Elizabeth, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Cape Elizabeth is a relatively small town. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Cape Elizabeth. 66.59% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Cape Elizabeth in 2010 was $52,536, which is wealthy relative to Maine and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $210,144 for a family of four.

The people who call Cape Elizabeth home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Cape Elizabeth residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Cape Elizabeth include English, German, French , and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Cape Elizabeth is English. Other important languages spoken here include German/Yiddish and French.



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