Harpswell 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 5,031 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Harpswell is the 76th largest community in Maine.
Harpswell home prices are not only among the most expensive in Maine, but Harpswell real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Harpswell is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Harpswell is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Harpswell who work in office and administrative support (12.21%), sales jobs (11.96%), and management occupations (10.08%).
Of important note, Harpswell is also a town of artists. Harpswell has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Harpswell’s character.
A relatively large number of people in Harpswell telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 13.53% 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.
Another notable thing is that Harpswell is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller town.
Harpswell 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, Harpswell’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Harpswell has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Harpswell a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
Harpswell 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.
Being a small town, Harpswell does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Harpswell. 54.01% 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 Harpswell in 2018 was $49,719, which is wealthy relative to Maine and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $198,876 for a family of four. However, Harpswell contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Harpswell home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Harpswell residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Harpswell include English, Irish, German, French, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Harpswell is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and French.