Kennebunkport 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 3,567 people and just one neighborhood, Kennebunkport is the 102nd largest community in Maine.
Real Estate Prices
Kennebunkport home prices are not only among the most expensive in Maine, but Kennebunkport real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Kennebunkport is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.81% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Kennebunkport is a town of professionals, managers and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kennebunkport who work in management occupations (17.33%), sales jobs (12.21%) and office and administrative support (9.08%).
Of important note, Kennebunkport is also a town of artists. Kennebunkport has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Kennebunkport’s character.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 15.19% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Kennebunkport 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.
In addition, Kennebunkport 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, Kennebunkport is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Kennebunkport 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, Kennebunkport has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Kennebunkport’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!) Kennebunkport 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. Kennebunkport has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Kennebunkport than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Kennebunkport may be for you.
Kennebunkport 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.
In Kennebunkport, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.61 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.