Kennebunk is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Maine. With a population of 11,320 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Kennebunk is the 18th largest community in Maine.
Kennebunk home prices are not only among the most expensive in Maine, but Kennebunk 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, Kennebunk is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Kennebunk is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kennebunk who work in management occupations (16.71%), sales jobs (12.60%), and office and administrative support (11.64%).
A relatively large number of people in Kennebunk telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.66% 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.
Because of many things, Kennebunk 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, Kennebunk really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Kennebunk 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!) Kennebunk 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. Kennebunk has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Kennebunk than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Kennebunk may be for you.
Kennebunk 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.
Kennebunk is a small town, and as is often the case with smaller towns, the population isn't large or dense enough to support much in the way of a public transportation system. In fact, there are many rural roads around Kennebunk, which makes walking or biking to and from work a bit difficult. This makes for a very car-oriented town: 91.43% of residents commute to work by private automobile, and people often drive out of town for work, shopping, and other activities.
Even though Kennebunk is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
The citizens of Kennebunk are among the most well-educated in the nation: 48.57% of adults in Kennebunk 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 Kennebunk in 2010 was $43,438, which is wealthy relative to Maine and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $173,752 for a family of four. However, Kennebunk contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Kennebunk home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Kennebunk residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Kennebunk include Irish, German, French , and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Kennebunk is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Polish.