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.
A relatively large number of people in Kennebunkport telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 15.19% 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.
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 educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
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.
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, Kennebunkport has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Kennebunkport a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
One of the nice things about Kennebunkport 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.
One downside of living in Kennebunkport, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.61 minutes every day commuting to work.