Orono, ME
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Orono is a somewhat small town located in the state of Maine. With a population of 10,700 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Orono is the 19th largest community in Maine.

Orono is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 93.52% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Orono is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Orono who work in teaching (17.77%), office and administrative support (12.37%), and sales jobs (12.37%).

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

Orono is a place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Orono to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.

One of the benefits of Orono is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.65 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Orono. 54.20% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Orono in 2010 was $19,478, which is low income relative to Maine, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $77,912 for a family of four. However, Orono contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Orono also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.03% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

The most common language spoken in Orono is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.