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Orono, ME
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Orono profile


Living in Orono



Orono is a somewhat small town located in the state of Maine. With a population of 11,251 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Orono is the 20th largest community in Maine.

Also of interest is that Orono 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: 8.30% 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.

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.

For a small town, there is also a high proportion of single, often educated, people living in Orono. This is not typical for smaller communities in America, and adds a feeling of vibrancy to Orono.

Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 17.63 minutes getting to work every day.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Orono. 66.78% 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 2018 was $27,763, which is lower middle income relative to Maine, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $111,052 for a family of four. However, Orono contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Orono is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. 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 Irish, English, German, French, and French Canadian.

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