York, ME
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York is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Maine. With a population of 12,862 people and two constituent neighborhoods, York is the 16th largest community in Maine.

York home prices are not only among the most expensive in Maine, but York real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, York is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, York is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in York who work in management occupations (15.36%), sales jobs (10.79%), and office and administrative support (9.32%).

Of important note, York is also a town of artists. York has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape York’s character.

Also of interest is that York has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.92% 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.

Because of many things, York 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, York really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is York 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.

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) York has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. York has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in York than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, York may be for you.

York 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.

The education level of York ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in York, 47.95% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in York in 2010 was $42,742, which is wealthy relative to Maine and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $170,968 for a family of four. However, York contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call York home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of York residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in York include English, German, French , and Italian.

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