Waterville is a medium-sized city located in the state of Maine. With a population of 15,828 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Waterville is the 15th largest community in Maine. Much of the housing stock in Waterville was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Waterville is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.32% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Waterville is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Waterville who work in teaching (16.80%), sales jobs (12.58%), and office and administrative support (11.81%).
Also of interest is that Waterville has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Waterville is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Waterville enrolled in college, Waterville has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.
Waterville, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.
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 17.68 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
The overall education level of Waterville citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.80% of adults in Waterville have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Waterville in 2018 was $27,165, 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 $108,660 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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Waterville include French, Irish, English, French Canadian, and German.
The most common language spoken in Waterville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.