South Bristol is a tiny coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Maine. With a population of 890 people and just one neighborhood, South Bristol is the 216th largest community in Maine.
Real Estate Prices
South Bristol real estate is some of the most expensive in Maine, although South Bristol house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some towns, South Bristol isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in South Bristol are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, South Bristol is a town of professionals, managers and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in South Bristol who work in management occupations (16.08%), teaching (14.61%) and sales jobs (8.98%).
Of important note, South Bristol is also a town of artists. South Bristol has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape South Bristol’s character.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.39% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that South Bristol is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller town.
Because of many things, South Bristol is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, South Bristol really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is South Bristol perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, South Bristol is worth considering.
South Bristol 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
Being a small town, South Bristol does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.