Introduction to Harpswell, Maine

Harpswell, Maine, in Cumberland county, is 18 miles NE of Portland, Maine and 115 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is in the Portland area. There are 5,239 residents in Harpswell.

Harpswell History

Originally the town of Harpswell was inhabited by Native Americans. They called the area Merriconeag. The town was incorporated in 1758 by the Massachusetts General Court and was named after Harpswell, England. The town prospered as industries like farming, fishing and shipbuilding developed.

Harpswell and nearby Attractions

  • Maine Maritime Museum
  • Lobstermans Statue
  • Mackerel Cove Marina
  • Popham Beach State Park

Things To Do In Harpswell

Those interested in the area’s history may enjoy a trip to the Maine Maritime Museum and the Pejepscot Museum. The Popham Beach State Park is a popular recreational spot among resiedents.

Harpswell Transportation

Portland International Airport is nearby.

Harpswell Higher Education

Colleges and universities that can be attended from Harpswell include the University of Southern Maine, the University of Maine at Augusta, Saint Joseph’s College and the University of Maine at Farmington.


Total Population 4,815
Male Share of the Population 46.1%
Female Share of the Population 53.9%
Senior Citizens 32.4%
Employed Population 16+ 2,064
Age of the Population 57


% of people married 66.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 46.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $82,254
% Above Poverty Level 86%
% Below Poverty Level 14%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 15.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 23.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,036
Median House Value $395,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.9%
US/American 1.2%
English 28.5%
Irish 20.8%

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

Harpswell Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles NE of Portland, Maine (center to center)
Nearest Large City 115 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Cumberland
Metro Area Portland
Standard Zip Codes 04079
Phone Area Codes 207
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.82
Longitude -69.95

Harpswell Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.6 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 21.1 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
Distance 23.5 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

South Harpswell (04079)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arrowsic 424 $87,188
Brunswick 15,453 $68,156
Freeport 1,507 $73,684
Phippsburg 1,961 $69,028
Topsham 6,483 $75,268
West Bath 2,081 $68,315

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

Harpswell Public Libraries

Harpswell - Cundys Harbor Library
Harpswell, Maine
(207) 725-1461
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