Waterville, ME
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Waterville is a medium-sized city located in the state of Maine. With a population of 16,261 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Waterville is the 15th largest community in Maine. Waterville has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Waterville is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Waterville is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Waterville who work in office and administrative support (16.21%), sales jobs (14.88%), and teaching (10.15%).

Because there are quite a few people attending college in Waterville, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Waterville provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Waterville spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.69 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

As is often the case in a small city, Waterville doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The percentage of people in Waterville who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.55% of adults in Waterville have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Waterville in 2010 was $22,939, 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 $91,756 for a family of four. However, Waterville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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