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Southwest Harbor - Cranberry Isles, ME

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Overview


Southwest Harbor - Cranberry Isles is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Maine. With a population of 1,976 people and just one neighborhood, Southwest Harbor - Cranberry Isles is the 218th largest community in Maine.

Southwest Harbor - Cranberry Isles home prices are not only among the most expensive in Maine, but Southwest Harbor - Cranberry Isles real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Occupations and Workforce

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Southwest Harbor - Cranberry Isles is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Southwest Harbor - Cranberry Isles is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Southwest Harbor - Cranberry Isles who work in office and administrative support (29.85%), management occupations (10.58%), and sales jobs (5.99%).

A relatively large number of people in Southwest Harbor - Cranberry Isles telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.71% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 Southwest Harbor - Cranberry Isles 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.

The overall crime rate in Southwest Harbor - Cranberry Isles is one of the lowest in the US. This makes it one of the safer places to live in the country in terms of crime.

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Southwest Harbor - Cranberry Isles has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Southwest Harbor - Cranberry Isles a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

One of the nice things about Southwest Harbor - Cranberry Isles is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

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 19.11 minutes getting to work every day.

Demographics

The education level of Southwest Harbor - Cranberry Isles citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 36.48% of adults in Southwest Harbor - Cranberry Isles have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Southwest Harbor - Cranberry Isles in 2018 was $38,262, which is upper middle income relative to Maine and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $153,048 for a family of four. However, Southwest Harbor - Cranberry Isles contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Southwest Harbor - Cranberry Isles home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Southwest Harbor - Cranberry Isles residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Southwest Harbor - Cranberry Isles include English, Irish, Italian, French, and German.

The most common language spoken in Southwest Harbor - Cranberry Isles is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and German/Yiddish.

Notable & Unique Neighborhood Characteristics

Many things matter about a neighborhood, but the first thing most people notice is the way a neighborhood looks and its particular character. For example, one might notice whether the buildings all date from a certain time period or whether shop signs are in multiple languages. This particular neighborhood in Southwest Harbor - Cranberry Isles, the neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.

Real Estate

Do you like a coastal setting? If so, this neighborhood may be to your liking. The neighborhood is on the ocean, a bay, or inlet. Often such coastal places have amenities and recreational activities on the waterfront that are attractive to residents and visitors alike. In addition to being coastal, is a very nautical neighborhood, meaning that it is somewhat historic, walkable, densely populated and on the water. This gives the neighborhood a very nautical feel, with some seaside and shipping feel, which some may really enjoy the sights and sounds of.

In addition, despite all of the residential real estate here in the neighborhood, NeighborhoodScout has discovered that much of it is vacant. In resort or second-home vacation areas, this naturally occurs because homes and apartments are seasonally occupied, and empty for a portion of the year. In non-vacation or resort areas, however, this can be an indicator of property abandonment or a weak real estate market. The vacancy rate here is 56.2%, which is higher than 99.1% of all U.S. neighborhoods.

People

If you are planning to retire in Maine, this neighborhood should be on your must-see list. For many reasons, may be considered a retiree's dream neighborhood. According to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis and metrics, it's peaceful and quiet, has above average safety from crime compared to other neighborhoods in Maine, while also offering a diverse range of housing options. This, along with the vibrant mix of very educated seniors and other age groups who choose to live here, makes the neighborhood more retiree-friendly than 99.8% of neighborhoods in ME. If a Maine retirement is in your future, this neighborhood should be one of the places you visit.

Modes of Transportation

In the neighborhood, 2.6% of people ride a ferry to work each day. This is a very high percentage compared to most places. In fact, NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals that this is a higher level of ferry ridership than in 99.6% of the neighborhoods in America.

Occupations

Each year, fewer and fewer Americans make their living as farmers, foresters, or fishers. But the neighborhood truly stands out among U.S. neighborhoods. According to exclusive NeighborhoodScout analysis, this neighborhood has a greater proportion of farmers, foresters, or fishers than 96.9% of all American neighborhoods. This is truly a unique cultural characteristic of this neighborhood.

Diversity

Did you know that the neighborhood has more English and Ukrainian ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 45.0% of this neighborhood's residents have English ancestry and 5.2% have Ukrainian ancestry.

The Neighbors

There are two complementary measures for understanding the income of a neighborhood's residents: the average and the extremes. While a neighborhood may be relatively wealthy overall, it is equally important to understand the rate of people - particularly children - who are living at or below the federal poverty line, which is extremely low income. Some neighborhoods with a lower average income may actually have a lower childhood poverty rate than another with a higher average income, and this helps us understand the conditions and character of a neighborhood.

The neighbors in the neighborhood in Southwest Harbor - Cranberry Isles are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower than 66.8% of U.S. neighborhoods. In addition, 3.5% of the children seventeen and under living in this neighborhood are living below the federal poverty line, which is a lower rate of childhood poverty than is found in 69.8% of America's neighborhoods.

The old saying "you are what you eat" is true. But it is also true that you are what you do for a living. The types of occupations your neighbors have shape their character, and together as a group, their collective occupations shape the culture of a place.

In the neighborhood, 32.5% of the working population is employed in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is executive, management, and professional occupations, with 26.2% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations (19.6%), and 16.6% in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants.

Languages

The most common language spoken in the neighborhood is English, spoken by 98.1% of households.

Ethnicity / Ancestry

Culture is the shared learned behavior of peoples. Undeniably, different ethnicities and ancestries have different cultural traditions, and as a result, neighborhoods with concentrations of residents of one or another ethnicities or ancestries will express those cultures. It is what makes the North End in Boston so fun to visit for the Italian restaurants, bakeries, culture, and charm, and similarly, why people enjoy visiting Chinatown in San Francisco.

In the neighborhood in Southwest Harbor - Cranberry Isles, ME, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as English (45.0%). There are also a number of people of Irish ancestry (28.6%), and residents who report Italian roots (7.5%), and some of the residents are also of French ancestry (5.8%), along with some German ancestry residents (5.4%), among others.

Getting to Work

How you get to work – car, bus, train or other means – and how much of your day it takes to do so is a large quality of life and financial issue. Especially with gasoline prices rising and expected to continue doing so, the length and means of one's commute can be a financial burden. Some neighborhoods are physically located so that many residents have to drive in their own car, others are set up so many walk to work, or can take a train, bus, or bike. The greatest number of commuters in neighborhood spend under 15 minutes commuting one-way to work (45.0% of working residents), one of the shortest commutes across America.

Here most residents (74.8%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In addition, quite a number also carpool with coworkers, friends, or neighbors to get to work (7.7%) and 5.7% of residents also hop out the door and walk to work for their daily commute. In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.


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