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 4,872 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 sales jobs (14.35%), office and administrative support (10.23%), and management occupations (8.88%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 13.71% 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.
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.
In addition, Harpswell 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.
Because of many things, Harpswell is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Harpswell really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Harpswell perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Harpswell has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Harpswell has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Harpswell than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Harpswell may be for you.
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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
Harpswell is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 48.24% of adults in Harpswell 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 Harpswell in 2010 was $40,772, which is wealthy relative to Maine and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $163,088 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 Irish, French , German, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Harpswell is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Spanish.