Scarborough, ME
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Scarborough is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Maine. With a population of 19,691 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Scarborough is the tenth largest community in Maine.

Scarborough home prices are not only among the most expensive in Maine, but Scarborough real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Scarborough is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 87.26% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Scarborough is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Scarborough who work in sales jobs (14.23%), management occupations (12.91%), and office and administrative support (11.62%).

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

Scarborough is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Scarborough’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Scarborough 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 Scarborough ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Scarborough, 47.97% 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 Scarborough in 2010 was $40,139, which is wealthy relative to Maine and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $160,556 for a family of four. However, Scarborough contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

The most common language spoken in Scarborough is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Mon-Khmer (Cambodian).