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.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Belfair is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.68% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
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, Belfair has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Belfair a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.29 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
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 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.