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 4,836 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 sales jobs (14.35%), office and administrative support (10.23%) and management occupations (8.88%).
A relatively large number of people in Harpswell telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 13.71% 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.
In addition, Harpswell is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
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.
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.
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.
The citizens of Harpswell are among the most well-educated in the nation: 48.24% 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 $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 English, Irish, French, German, Scottish and French Canadian.
The most common language spoken in Harpswell is English.
|NUMBER OF HOMES AND APARTMENTS||2,069|
|HARPSWELL HOME OWNERSHIP|
|% OWNER OCCUPIED||84.15%|
|% RENTER OCCUPIED||15.85%|
|TYPE OF HARPSWELL HOMES|
|SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED||90.78%|
|ROWHOUSES AND ATTACHED HOMES||1.82%|
|SMALL APARTMENT BUILDINGS||3.39%|
|COMPLEXES OR HIGH RISE APARTMENTS||0.78%|
|SIZE OF HARPSWELL HOMES|
|5 OR MORE BEDROOMS||4.43%|
|AGE OF HARPSWELL HOMES|
|NEWER HOMES (2000 OR LATER)||11.88%|
|ESTABLISHED, BUT NOT OLD HOMES (1970-1999)||42.92%|
|WELL-ESTABLISHED, OLD HOMES (1940-1969)||25.94%|
|HISTORIC (1939 OR BEFORE)||19.27%|
|HARPSWELL REAL ESTATE INFORMATION||DETAILS|
|MEDIAN HOME VALUE||$442,043|
|MEDIAN RENTAL PRICE||$1,253|
|HOME VALUE RANGE|
|$0 - $54,000||0.69%|
|$54,001 - $107,000||3.89%|
|$107,001 - $214,000||10.25%|
|$214,001 - $321,000||17.75%|
|$321,001 - $428,000||16.49%|
|$428,001 - $536,000||13.05%|
|$536,001 - $803,000||19.46%|
|$803,001 - $1,071,000||8.24%|
|PEOPLE OF HARPSWELL||DETAILS|
|UNDER 5 YEARS||5.36%|
|5 TO 17||12.01%|
|18 TO 24||3.79%|
|25 TO 34||7.24%|
|35 TO 54||18.74%|
|55 TO 64||20.50%|
|65 YEARS AND OVER||32.36%|
|EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT OF ADULTS|
|HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES||97.05%|
|MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME||$65,052|
|PER CAPITA INCOME||$40,772|
|INDIVIDUALS BELOW POVERTY LEVEL||14.23%|
|INDUSTRIES PEOPLE WORK IN||Retail (15.75%)
Professional, scientific, and technical services (7.39%)
Real estate (5.62%)
Public Service (4.22%)
|BLACK OR AFRICAN AMERICAN||0.00%|
|AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE||0.00%|
|NATIVE HAWAIIAN AND OTHER PACIFIC ISLANDERS||0.00%|
|SOME OTHER RACE ALONE||0.00%|
|TWO OR MORE RACES||0.54%|
|HISPANIC OR LATINO (OF ANY RACE)||0.21%|
|ETHNICITIES PRESENT||English (30.13%)
French Canadian (4.62%)
|LANGUAGES SPOKEN||English (95.69%)
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