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Overview

Introduction to Gorham, Maine

Gorham, Maine, in Cumberland county, is 9 miles W of Portland, Maine and 96 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is in the Portland area. There are 14,141 residents in Gorham.

Gorham History

Gorham was originally called Narragansett Number 7. The land was granted to the soldiers who fought in the King Philip's War. Captain John Gorham established the first sawmill of the town in 1743. The town was incorporated as Gorham on October 30, 1764. The Portland and Ogdensburg Railroad first entered the area on September 12, 1870.

Gorham and nearby Attractions

  • Baxter House Museum
  • Moose Brook State Park
  • Westerly Winds Golf Course and Sports Park
  • Children's Museum of Maine
  • Eagle Island State Historic Site
  • Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park

Things To Do In Gorham

The South Street Historic District and Gorham Campus Historic District are popular local spots. The town also offers easy access to the Seashore Trolley Museum, the Maine Historical Society and Museum, the Bradbury Mountain State Park and the Ferry Beach State Park.

Gorham Transportation

Portland International Airport is nearby.

Gorham Higher Education

Higher studies can be pursued at Saint Joseph’s College, the University of New England-University Campus and the University of Southern Maine.

People

Total Population 6,445
Male Share of the Population 46.5%
Female Share of the Population 53.5%
Senior Citizens 16.2%
Employed Population 16+ 3,223
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 43.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 44.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $78,813
% Above Poverty Level 93%
% Below Poverty Level 7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 14.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 28.1%
Median Gross Rent $744
Median House Value $234,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.7%
US/American 0.4%
English 22.7%
Irish 21.9%

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

Gorham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles W of Portland, Maine (center to center)
Nearest Large City 96 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County Cumberland
Metro Area Portland
Standard Zip Codes 04038
Phone Area Codes 207
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.679
Longitude -70.444

Gorham 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 7.5 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 EAST HIRAM
Distance 20.8 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
Station KENNEBUNKPORT
Distance 22.8 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Buxton 8,106 $81,944
Scarborough 4,601 $76,500
South Portland 25,304 $67,051
Standish 393 $40,333
Westbrook 17,754 $59,219
Windham 17,459 $76,880

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

Gorham Public Libraries

Library
Gorham - North Gorham Public Library
2 STANDISH NECK ROAD
Gorham, Maine
(207) 892-2575
Windham - South Windham Public Library
857 GRAY ROAD
Gorham, Maine

Gorham - Baxter Memorial Library
71 SOUTH STREET
Gorham, Maine
(207) 839-5031
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Gorham High Schools

GORHAM HIGH SCHOOL
41 MORRILL AVENUE
207-222-1100
Serves 819 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

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