Belgrade is a very small town located in the state of Maine. With a population of 3,252 people and just one neighborhood, Belgrade is the 139th largest community in Maine.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Belgrade is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Belgrade is a town of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Belgrade who work in healthcare (13.60%), management occupations (10.25%), and healthcare suport services (9.31%).
Also of interest is that Belgrade has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Another notable thing is that Belgrade 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, Belgrade’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
Belgrade is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Belgrade’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
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!) Belgrade 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. Belgrade has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Belgrade than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Belgrade may be for you.
The overall education level of Belgrade citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.51% of adults in Belgrade have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Belgrade in 2018 was $47,201, which is wealthy relative to Maine and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $188,804 for a family of four. However, Belgrade contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Belgrade home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Belgrade residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Belgrade include French, Irish, English, French Canadian, and German.
The most common language spoken in Belgrade is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Polish.
Many things matter about a neighborhood, but the first thing most people notice is the way a neighborhood looks and its particular character. For example, one might notice whether the buildings all date from a certain time period or whether shop signs are in multiple languages. This particular neighborhood in Belgrade, the neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.
Of note is NeighborhoodScout's research finding that the neighborhood has some of the lowest rates of children living in poverty of any neighborhood in the United States. In a nation where approximately 1 in 4 children are living in poverty, the community truly stands out from the rest in this regard.
In addition, if you're looking for a great spot to raise a family, then look no further than the neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's analysis found that the combination of good quality public schools, above-average safety from crime, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family homes, help make this neighborhood among the top 14.3% of family-friendly neighborhoods across the state of Maine. In addition, there are a high proportion of other families with school-aged children living here, making it easy for parents and their children to socialize and develop a sense of community support. In addition, families here highly value education, as is reflected by the strength of the local schools, in part due to the educational attainment of the parents here, who vote in support of the public schools.
Despite all of the residential real estate here in the neighborhood, NeighborhoodScout has discovered that much of it is vacant. In resort or second-home vacation areas, this naturally occurs because homes and apartments are seasonally occupied, and empty for a portion of the year. In non-vacation or resort areas, however, this can be an indicator of property abandonment or a weak real estate market. The vacancy rate here is 43.0%, which is higher than 97.8% of all U.S. neighborhoods.
Our research reveals that 90.1% of commuters who live in the neighborhood get to work each day by driving alone in their automobiles, which is a higher proportion than 95.3% of U.S. neighborhoods.
Did you know that the neighborhood has more French and French Canadian ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 18.1% of this neighborhood's residents have French ancestry and 7.7% have French Canadian ancestry.
is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 6.9% of its residents five years old and above primarily speak French at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher than 98.4% of the neighborhoods in America.
There are two complementary measures for understanding the income of a neighborhood's residents: the average and the extremes. While a neighborhood may be relatively wealthy overall, it is equally important to understand the rate of people - particularly children - who are living at or below the federal poverty line, which is extremely low income. Some neighborhoods with a lower average income may actually have a lower childhood poverty rate than another with a higher average income, and this helps us understand the conditions and character of a neighborhood.
The neighbors in the neighborhood in Belgrade are upper-middle income, making it an above average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood has a higher income than 63.1% of the neighborhoods in America. In addition, 0.0% of the children seventeen and under living in this neighborhood are living below the federal poverty line, which is a lower rate of childhood poverty than is found in 100.0% of America's neighborhoods.
What we choose to do for a living reflects who we are. Each neighborhood has a different mix of occupations represented, and together these tell you about the neighborhood and help you understand if this neighborhood may fit your lifestyle.
In the neighborhood, 46.7% of the working population is employed in executive, management, and professional occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants, with 18.8% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations (16.9%), and 16.4% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.
The most common language spoken in the neighborhood is English, spoken by 92.1% of households. Some people also speak French (6.9%).
Culture is shared learned behavior. We learn it from our parents, their parents, our houses of worship, and much of our culture – our learned behavior – comes from our ancestors. That is why ancestry and ethnicity can be so interesting and important to understand: places with concentrations of people of one or more ancestries often express those shared learned behaviors and this gives each neighborhood its own culture. Even different neighborhoods in the same city can have drastically different cultures.
In the neighborhood in Belgrade, ME, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as French (18.1%). There are also a number of people of Irish ancestry (17.5%), and residents who report English roots (15.2%), and some of the residents are also of French Canadian ancestry (7.7%), along with some German ancestry residents (7.2%), among others.
Even if your neighborhood is walkable, you may still have to drive to your place of work. Some neighborhoods are located where many can get to work in just a few minutes, while others are located such that most residents have a long and arduous commute. The greatest number of commuters in neighborhood spend between 15 and 30 minutes commuting one-way to work (51.3% of working residents), which is shorter than the time spent commuting to work for most Americans.
Here most residents (90.1%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.