Introduction to Gardiner, Maine

Gardiner, Maine, in Kennebec county, is 46 miles NE of Portland, Maine and 144 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts. There are 6,198 residents in the city.

Gardiner History

Gardiner was founded in 1754 by a prominent Boston physician named Dr. Sylvester Gardiner. At that time, it was named Gardinerstown. Early in 1760, the city was set off from Pittston. It was incorporated in 1803 as the town of Gardiner. In its early years, shipbuilding and trade were the primary industries. Gardiner was reincorporated as a city in 1849.

Gardiner and nearby Attractions

  • Old Fort Western
  • Pine Tree State Arboretum
  • Children's Discovery Museum
  • Peacock Beach State Park
  • Fort Edgecomb State Historic Site
  • Edward Arlington Robinson House

Things To Do In Gardiner

While in Gardiner, one can visit the Pine Tree State Arboretum and the Children's Discovery Museum. The Old Fort Western, a wooden fort built in 1754, is also nearby. The Peacock Beach State Park includes a small beach and swimming area and is ideal for a family day out. One can also visit the Damariscotta Lake State Park. Local music shows are organized at the Johnson Hall Theater.

Gardiner Transportation

Portland International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Gardiner Higher Education

One can pursue higher education at the University of Maine at Augusta, the University of Southern Maine and Saint Joseph’s College.


Total Population 5,737
Male Share of the Population 46.3%
Female Share of the Population 53.7%
Senior Citizens 15.4%
Employed Population 16+ 2,929
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 50.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.2%
Median Earnings25+ $32,951
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $12,419
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,906


Median Family Income $62,137
% Above Poverty Level 83.6%
% Below Poverty Level 16.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 4.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 30%
Median Gross Rent $661
Median House Value $136,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.1%
US/American 0%
English 22.6%
Irish 19%

Gardiner Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 46 miles NE of Portland, Maine (center to center)
Nearest Large City 144 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Kennebec
Standard Zip Codes 04345
Phone Area Codes 207
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.23
Longitude -69.775

Gardiner 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 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 29 F
Apr Temp 33 to 52 F
Jul Temp 58 to 80 F
Oct Temp 37 to 58 F
Annual Precip 43.9 inches
Distance 17.3 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 30 F
Apr Temp 34 to 53 F
Jul Temp 58 to 79 F
Oct Temp 39 to 57 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches
Distance 23.7 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 35 to 54 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 40 to 58 F
Annual Precip 45.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Augusta 18,898 $51,027
Chelsea 2,709 $70,221
Farmingdale 2,056 $31,875
Hallowell 2,471 $63,664
Randolph 1,837 $51,652
West Gardiner 3,436 $75,197

Gardiner Public Libraries

Gardiner Public Library
Gardiner, Maine
(207) 582-3312
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