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 12,947 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, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in York who work in management occupations (15.99%), sales jobs (11.60%), and office and administrative support (9.11%).

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: 11.68% 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.

Another notable thing is that York 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, York’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

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.

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, York has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes York a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

One of the nice things about York 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.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to York, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. York is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 50.25% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in York in 2010 was $43,499, which is wealthy relative to Maine and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $173,996 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, Italian, and French .

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