Belfair is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 3,936 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Belfair is the 140th largest community in Washington.
Belfair is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Belfair is a town of service providers, construction workers and builders, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Belfair who work in office and administrative support (14.82%), management occupations (10.51%), and food service (7.69%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.68% 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.
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!) Belfair 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. Belfair has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Belfair than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Belfair may be for you.
One of the nice things about Belfair 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 downside of living in Belfair is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Belfair, the average commute to work is 34.29 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Despite being a small town, Belfair has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
Belfair ranks among the bottom of the nation in terms of college education compared to other cities and towns: only 5.02% of people over 25 have a college degree.
The per capita income in Belfair in 2010 was $25,523, which is middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $102,092 for a family of four. However, Belfair contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Belfair is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Belfair home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Belfair residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Belfair also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 22.35% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Belfair include German, Irish, English, French, and Norwegian.
The most common language spoken in Belfair is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.