Kittery, ME

Kittery profile

Living in Kittery

Kittery 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 10,070 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Kittery is the 22nd largest community in Maine. Kittery has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.

Kittery home prices are not only among the most expensive in Maine, but Kittery 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, Kittery is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Kittery is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kittery who work in management occupations (12.78%), teaching (11.97%), and sales jobs (10.82%).

There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Kittery, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.

Of important note, Kittery is also a town of artists. Kittery has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Kittery’s character.

Also of interest is that Kittery has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 13.67% 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.

One of the nice things about Kittery 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 education level of Kittery ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Kittery, 44.54% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Kittery in 2018 was $44,079, which is wealthy relative to Maine and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $176,316 for a family of four. However, Kittery contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Kittery home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Kittery residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Kittery include Irish, English, French, German, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Kittery is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Polish.