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.
Kennebunk is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Kennebunk 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, Kennebunk has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Kennebunk’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
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, Kennebunk has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Kennebunk a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
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 very much a car-oriented town. This is because the population of Kennebunk isn't large enough or dense enough to support an extensive public transit system. It has a lot of rural roads, and the distance between houses can be quite large, which together tends to discourage walking and bicycling to work. 91.43% of residents commute to work in their own car (and the drive is typically to a job out of town). People also tend to drive out of town for other services as well, such as shopping, doctors appointments, and more.
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.
Kennebunk is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 48.57% of adults in Kennebunk 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 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.