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 9,304 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 88.26% 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 (18.30%), healthcare (11.51%), and sales jobs (9.92%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Cape Elizabeth telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.16% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

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 is lower than average for the country.

One of the nice things about Cape Elizabeth 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.

If knowledge is power, Cape Elizabeth is a pretty powerful place. 61.73% of the adults in Cape Elizabeth have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Cape Elizabeth in 2010 was $52,078, which is wealthy relative to Maine and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $208,312 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, Italian, and French .

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

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