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Overview

Introduction to Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in Cumberland county, is 7 miles SE of Portland, Maine and 94 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts. Part of the surrounding Portland metro area, Cape Elizabeth is home to some 9,068 residents.

Cape Elizabeth History

Cape Elizabeth was explored in 1615 by John Smith. King Charles I named the town after Elizabeth of Bohemia, his sister and the eldest daughter of King James I. The area was first settled in by Europeans in the 1630s. Cape Elizabeth was incorporated as a town on November 1, 1765. Prior to incorporation, the town was a part of present-day Portland.

Cape Elizabeth and nearby Attractions

  • Crescent Beach State Park
  • Fort Williams Park Museum at Portland Head Light
  • Two Lights State Park
  • Portland Public Market
  • Ferry Beach State Park
  • Cliff House Beach

Things To Do In Cape Elizabeth

While at Cape Elizabeth, one can visit the Crescent Beach State Park and the Two Lights State Park. The Crescent Beach and the Cliff House Beach offers a number of recreational facilities. One can enjoy shopping at the Pond Cove Shopping Center. Tourists can also visit the Children's Museum of Maine, the Palace Playland, Old Orchard Beach and Higgins Beach.

Cape Elizabeth Transportation

Portland International Airport is nearby.

Cape Elizabeth Higher Education

Thw University of Southern Maine, Saint Joseph’s College and the University of New England-University Campus are some of the nearest colleges and universities.

People

Total Population 9,157
Male Share of the Population 46.5%
Female Share of the Population 53.5%
Senior Citizens 19.8%
Employed Population 16+ 4,688
Age of the Population 51

Families

% of people married 63.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 64.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $120,034
% Above Poverty Level 96%
% Below Poverty Level 4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 9.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 23.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,012
Median House Value $374,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11%
US/American 0.2%
English 25.9%
Irish 29.5%

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

Cape Elizabeth Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles SE of Portland, Maine (center to center)
Nearest Large City 94 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Cumberland
Metro Area Portland
Standard Zip Codes 04107
Phone Area Codes 207
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.563
Longitude -70.2

Cape Elizabeth Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station PORTLAND INTL AP
Distance 7.8 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 31 F
Apr Temp 35 to 53 F
Jul Temp 59 to 79 F
Oct Temp 37 to 58 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
Station KENNEBUNKPORT
Distance 19.9 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 32 F
Apr Temp 32 to 52 F
Jul Temp 57 to 76 F
Oct Temp 36 to 58 F
Annual Precip 47 inches
Station EAST HIRAM
Distance 35.3 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 28 F
Apr Temp 29 to 53 F
Jul Temp 55 to 80 F
Oct Temp 32 to 58 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Cape Elizabeth, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Cape Cottage (04107)

Cape Eliz (04107)

Pond Cove (04107)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Long Island 229 $60,938
Old Orchard Beach 8,697 $55,108
Portland 66,490 $66,831
Scarborough 4,601 $76,500
South Portland 25,304 $67,051
Westbrook 17,754 $59,219

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

Cape Elizabeth Public Libraries

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Cape Elizabeth - Thomas Memorial Library
6 SCOTT DYER ROAD
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
(207) 799-1720

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Cape Elizabeth High Schools

CAPE ELIZABETH HIGH SCHOOL
345 OCEAN HOUSE ROAD
207-799-3309
Serves 546 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.4

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Historic Cape Elizabeth

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Portland harbor from Cape Cottage between 1900 and 1915

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Portland harbor from Cape Cottage between 1900 and 1915

Portland Head Light and Cushing's Island between 1900 and 1906

Casino and grounds (Cape Cottage) c1904.

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