Introduction to Belfast, Maine

Belfast, Maine, in Waldo county, is 81 miles NE of Portland, Maine and 176 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts. The city is included in the Bangor metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 6,381 people lived in Belfast.

Belfast History

The area was initially occupied by the Abenaki Native Americans. It was named after Belfast in Northern Ireland. Belfast had its first European settlers in 1770. It was incorporated as a town in 1773. Belfast became the eighth city in Maine when it reincorporated as a city in 1853.

Belfast and nearby Attractions

  • Belfast Historical Society & Museum
  • Moose Point State Park
  • The Penobscot Marine Museum
  • Saint Margarets Church

Things To Do In Belfast

The Belfast Historical Society and Museum may prove exciting to those interested in the area’s history. The Camden Hills State Park and the Moose Point State Park offer several recreational facilities to all its visitors. The Penobscot Marine Museum is worth visiting. Belfast hosts many festivals such as the Maine Celtic Celebration and the Arts in the Park every year.

Belfast Transportation

Bangor International is the nearest major airport.

Belfast Higher Education

The University of Maine, the University of Maine at Augusta, the University of Maine at Farmington and the University of Southern Maine are all nearby.


Total Population 6,668
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 23.6%
Employed Population 16+ 2,568
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 47.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 42.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $51,438
% Above Poverty Level 74.7%
% Below Poverty Level 25.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 13.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 10.3%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 29.9%
Median Gross Rent $752
Median House Value $194,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.8%
US/American 0.5%
English 24.3%
Irish 11.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Belfast Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 81 miles NE of Portland, Maine (center to center)
Nearest Large City 176 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Waldo
Metro Area Bangor
Standard Zip Codes 04915
Phone Area Codes 207
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.425
Longitude -69.006

Belfast Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.8 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 31 F
Apr Temp 33 to 53 F
Jul Temp 57 to 79 F
Oct Temp 38 to 59 F
Annual Precip 47.6 inches
Distance 17.2 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 29 F
Apr Temp 34 to 50 F
Jul Temp 59 to 76 F
Oct Temp 39 to 56 F
Annual Precip 51.2 inches
Distance 27.5 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 28 F
Apr Temp 33 to 53 F
Jul Temp 59 to 80 F
Oct Temp 38 to 57 F
Annual Precip 39.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belmont 1,008 $50,875
Morrill 825 $56,667
Northport 1,558 $68,621
Searsport 1,059 $51,000
Swanville 1,219 $48,021
Waldo 813 $46,618

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Belfast Public Libraries

Belfast Free Library
Belfast, Maine
(207) 338-3884
Library Web Site

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Belfast Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(207) 338-2500
Emergency Service: Yes

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Belfast High Schools

Serves 641 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.6

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