Gray, Maine

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Gray, Maine

Introduction to Gray, Maine

Gray, Maine, in Cumberland county, is 16 miles N of Portland, Maine and 111 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is included in the Portland metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 6,820 people lived in Gray.

Gray History

The area now covered by the Town of Gray was granted to a group from Boston on March 27, 1736. The township was laid out in 1737 and the first settlers arrived in 1738. In was named New Boston in 1756 and was incorporated as Gray on June 19, 1778. The town was named after a landowner named Thomas Gray.

Gray and nearby Attractions

  • Crystal Lake
  • Gray Plaza Shopping Center
  • Libby Hill Forest Recreation Area
  • Maine Wildlife Park
  • Bradbury Mountain State Park
  • Eagle Island State Historic Site

Things To Do In Gray

Gray offers easy access to several museums and historic sites such as the Victoria Mansion, the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, the Children's Museum of Maine and the Harriet Beecher Stowe House. The Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park and the Bradbury Mountain State Park provide a number of recreational facilities. One can enjoy shopping at the Gray Plaza Shopping Center. Facilities for fishing and boating are offered by the Little Sebago Lake and Crystal Lake.

Gray Transportation

Portland International is the nearest major airport.

Gray Higher Education

The University of Southern Maine, the University of New England-University Campus and Saint Joseph’s College are the centers of higher education.

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High Points

Gray strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Maine):

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 1% trophy Gray Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Gray People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 7% Gray Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 10% Gray Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 16% Gray Well-Paid Single Women
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 17% Gray College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Gray, Maine

Comparing Gray to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Maine (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 9
Well-Paid Single Men 6 10
Age of the Population 6 3
Well-Paid Single Women 5 9
Senior Citizens 3 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 6
Female Share of the Population 1 2
Racial Diversity 1 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 7
Average Household Size 6 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 8 10
College Educated Adults 7 9
Median Family Income 7 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 6 2
Public Transportation Use 4 7
Short Commute Times 3 4
Walking and Biking to Work 3 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 6
Housing Recently Built 8 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 2
Affordability of Rents 3 1
People Living Alone 3 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 7

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Gray Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 16 miles N of Portland, Maine (center to center)
Nearest Large City 111 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County Cumberland
Metro Area Portland
Standard Zip Codes 04039
Phone Area Codes 207
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.885
Longitude -70.332

Gray Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 15.9 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
Distance 19.9 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 31 F
Apr Temp 33 to 54 F
Jul Temp 58 to 80 F
Oct Temp 37 to 59 F
Annual Precip 48 inches
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
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Gray Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,820 100%
Male 3,464 50.8%
Female 3,356 49.2%
Under 18 1,676 24.6%
18+ 5,144 75.4%
65+ 677 9.9%
Median Age 37.4
Average Family Size 2.98
White 6,676 97.9%
African-American 29 0.4%
Asian 26 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 10 0.1%
Other 15 0.2%
Mixed Race 59 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 40 0.6%

Estimated Gray Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 7,376
Growth 556
Growth % 8.2%

Gray Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
English 21.6%
Irish 11.8%
French (except Basque) 11.5%
French Canadian 8.6%
Italian 7.3%
US/American 7.1%
German 6.8%
Scottish 4.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.9%
Scotch-Irish 3.7%
Swedish 2.5%
European 1.7%
Polish 1.4%
Austrian 1%
Northern European 0.9%
Norwegian 0.8%
Welsh 0.7%
Canadian 0.6%
British 0.5%
Finnish 0.5%
Russian 0.5%
Portuguese 0.5%
Danish 0.5%
Swiss 0.3%
Estonian 0.2%
Senegalese 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Gray 6,820 $55,806
Cumberland 7,159 $76,571
New Gloucester 4,803 $57,727
North Yarmouth 3,210 $65,000
Pownal 1,491 $60,000
Raymond 4,299 $56,118
Yarmouth 8,360 $73,234

Gray Public Libraries

Gray Public Library
Gray, Maine
(207) 657-4110
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Gray High Schools (2004)

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

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