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.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Harpswell is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 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.
Because of many things, Harpswell is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Harpswell a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Harpswell has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Harpswell’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
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.
One of the nice things about Harpswell is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
In Harpswell, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though Harpswell is a relatively small town. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.
Harpswell is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 48.15% 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 $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.