Harpswell, ME
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Harpswell is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Maine. With a population of 4,887 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Harpswell is the 71st 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 management occupations (13.62%), office and administrative support (10.69%), and sales jobs (9.08%).

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 12.35% 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 a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Harpswell’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

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.

Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Harpswell is worth considering.

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.

The education level of Harpswell ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Harpswell, 48.15% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Harpswell in 2010 was $48,077, which is wealthy relative to Maine and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $192,308 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 Native American. Important ancestries of people in Harpswell include Irish, French , German, and Scottish.

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