Old Orchard Beach 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 8,776 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Old Orchard Beach is the 28th largest community in Maine.
Old Orchard Beach is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Old Orchard Beach is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Old Orchard Beach who work in office and administrative support (15.11%), food service (12.30%), and sales jobs (12.25%).
Also of interest is that Old Orchard Beach has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Another notable thing is that Old Orchard Beach is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Old Orchard Beach’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
Old Orchard Beach 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
The education level of Old Orchard Beach citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.22% of adults in Old Orchard Beach have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Old Orchard Beach in 2010 was $35,926, which is wealthy relative to Maine and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $143,704 for a family of four. However, Old Orchard Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Old Orchard Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Old Orchard Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Old Orchard Beach include English, Irish, French Canadian, and German.
The most common language spoken in Old Orchard Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Spanish.