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 1,911 people and just one neighborhood, Southwest Harbor & Cranberry Isles is the 165th largest community in Maine.
Real Estate Prices
Southwest Harbor & Cranberry Isles real estate is some of the most expensive in Maine, although Southwest Harbor & Cranberry Isles house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some towns, Southwest Harbor & Cranberry Isles isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Southwest Harbor & Cranberry Isles are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Southwest Harbor & Cranberry Isles is a town of managers, professionals and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Southwest Harbor & Cranberry Isles who work in management occupations (16.54%), office and administrative support (9.78%) and sales jobs (7.31%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 15.14% 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Southwest Harbor & Cranberry Isles is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Southwest Harbor & Cranberry Isles’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
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.
One of the benefits of Southwest Harbor & Cranberry Isles is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.32 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.