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Farmingdale, ME

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Overview


Farmingdale is a very small town located in the state of Maine. With a population of 3,014 people and just one neighborhood, Farmingdale is the 156th largest community in Maine.

Occupations and Workforce

Farmingdale is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Farmingdale is a town of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Farmingdale who work in office and administrative support (8.73%), healthcare (8.21%), and business and financial occupations (7.89%).

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Farmingdale has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

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

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 21.58% 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.

Setting & Lifestyle

Being a small town, Farmingdale does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

Demographics

Farmingdale is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 41.07% of adults in Farmingdale have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Farmingdale in 2018 was $35,976, which is middle income relative to Maine, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $143,904 for a family of four. However, Farmingdale contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Farmingdale home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Farmingdale residents report their race to be White. Important ancestries of people in Farmingdale include English, Irish, French Canadian, French, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Farmingdale is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Polish.

Notable & Unique Neighborhood Characteristics

When you see a neighborhood for the first time, the most important thing is often the way it looks, like its homes and its setting. Some places look the same, but they only reveal their true character after living in them for a while because they contain a unique mix of occupational or cultural groups. This neighborhood is very unique in some important ways, according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive exploration and analysis.

Occupations

The government often provides some of the more stable jobs in the economy. From local, to state, to federal government workers, the government can also be a major employer. What NeighborhoodScout's analysis revealed, is that the neighborhood in particular stands out when compared nationally for the proportion of its working residents who are employed by the government. At 13.7% of its workforce, this neighborhood has a greater concentration of government workers than 96.1% of U.S. neighborhoods.

People

With a nice mix of college students, safety from crime, and decent walkability, the neighborhood rates highly as a college student friendly place to live, and one that college students and their parents may want to consider. NeighborhoodScout's analysis shows that it rates more highly for a good place for college students to live than 86.3% of the neighborhoods in ME. This often also means that the area has certain amenities and services geared towards college students, from undergraduates to graduate students.

Diversity

Did you know that the neighborhood has more French Canadian and English ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 15.9% of this neighborhood's residents have French Canadian ancestry and 35.0% have English ancestry.

Migration / Stability

Some neighborhoods have more internal cohesiveness than others. While other neighborhoods feel like a collection of strangers who just happen to live near each other. Sometimes this comes down to not only the personalities of the people in a place, but how long people have been together in that neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's research has revealed some interesting things about the rootedness of people in the neighborhood. More residents of the neighborhood live here today that also were living in this same neighborhood five years ago than is found in 98.6% of U.S. neighborhoods. This neighborhood is really made up of people who know each other, don't move often, and have lived here in this very neighborhood for quite a while.

The Neighbors

There are two complementary measures for understanding the income of a neighborhood's residents: the average and the extremes. While a neighborhood may be relatively wealthy overall, it is equally important to understand the rate of people - particularly children - who are living at or below the federal poverty line, which is extremely low income. Some neighborhoods with a lower average income may actually have a lower childhood poverty rate than another with a higher average income, and this helps us understand the conditions and character of a neighborhood.

The neighbors in the neighborhood in Farmingdale are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower than 62.4% of U.S. neighborhoods. With 37.1% of the children here below the federal poverty line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 87.2% of U.S. neighborhoods.

The old saying "you are what you eat" is true. But it is also true that you are what you do for a living. The types of occupations your neighbors have shape their character, and together as a group, their collective occupations shape the culture of a place.

In the neighborhood, 45.4% of the working population is employed in executive, management, and professional occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is manufacturing and laborer occupations, with 19.7% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants (19.6%), and 15.3% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.

Languages

The most common language spoken in the neighborhood is English, spoken by 94.2% of households. Some people also speak Italian (5.7%).

Ethnicity / Ancestry

Culture is the shared learned behavior of peoples. Undeniably, different ethnicities and ancestries have different cultural traditions, and as a result, neighborhoods with concentrations of residents of one or another ethnicities or ancestries will express those cultures. It is what makes the North End in Boston so fun to visit for the Italian restaurants, bakeries, culture, and charm, and similarly, why people enjoy visiting Chinatown in San Francisco.

In the neighborhood in Farmingdale, ME, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as English (35.0%). There are also a number of people of French Canadian ancestry (15.9%), and residents who report Irish roots (15.9%), and some of the residents are also of French ancestry (15.2%), along with some Scottish ancestry residents (7.6%), among others.

Getting to Work

How you get to work – car, bus, train or other means – and how much of your day it takes to do so is a large quality of life and financial issue. Especially with gasoline prices rising and expected to continue doing so, the length and means of one's commute can be a financial burden. Some neighborhoods are physically located so that many residents have to drive in their own car, others are set up so many walk to work, or can take a train, bus, or bike. The greatest number of commuters in neighborhood spend under 15 minutes commuting one-way to work (36.3% of working residents), one of the shortest commutes across America.

Here most residents (73.4%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.


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