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.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Belfair is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 36.46% of the Belfair workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. 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 sales jobs (10.35%), maintenance occupations (9.61%), and food service (8.59%).
There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Belfair, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.
Also of interest is that Belfair has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
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.
Belfair 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various 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 36.08 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.
In Belfair, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though Belfair is a relatively small town. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town 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 3.83% of people over 25 have a college degree.
The per capita income in Belfair in 2018 was $27,532, which is lower middle income relative to Washington, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $110,128 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 17.44% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Belfair include Irish, German, English, Italian, and Norwegian.
The most common language spoken in Belfair is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.