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 4,872 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.

Unlike some towns, Harpswell isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Harpswell are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Harpswell is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Harpswell who work in sales jobs (14.94%), office and administrative support (9.99%), and management occupations (9.44%).

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 15.16% 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.

Another notable thing is that Harpswell is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.

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.

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

The citizens of Harpswell are among the most well-educated in the nation: 46.65% of adults in Harpswell have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Harpswell in 2010 was $41,687, which is wealthy relative to Maine and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $166,748 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, German, French , and Scottish.

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