Harpswell, Maine

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Harpswell, Maine

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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Harpswell College Educated Adults
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 8% Harpswell Racial Diversity
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 11% Harpswell Low Rate of Poverty
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 12% Harpswell Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 12% Harpswell Well-Paid Single Women
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 18% Harpswell Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Harpswell, Maine

Comparing Harpswell 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
Age of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 9 9
Male Share of the Population 8 5
Well-Paid Single Men 6 9
Well-Paid Single Women 6 9
Female Share of the Population 3 6
Racial Diversity 2 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 4
Average Household Size 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 10
People Above Poverty 7 9
People in Middle Class or Better 6 8
Median Family Income 5 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 9
Public Transportation Use 6 9
Walking and Biking to Work 4 8
Short Commute Times 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 9
Housing Recently Built 8 7
People Living Alone 6 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 3
Affordability of Rents 4 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 8

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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
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Harpswell Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,239 100%
Male 2,567 49%
Female 2,672 51%
Under 18 1,025 19.6%
18+ 4,214 80.4%
65+ 985 18.8%
Median Age 45.3
Average Family Size 2.69
White 5,131 97.9%
African-American 13 0.2%
Asian 29 0.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 18 0.3%
Other 12 0.2%
Mixed Race 36 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 69 1.3%

Estimated Harpswell Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,242
Growth 3
Growth % 0.1%

Harpswell 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 24.9%
Irish 11.7%
US/American 10.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.8%
French Canadian 7%
Scottish 6.3%
German 6.2%
French (except Basque) 5.6%
Swedish 3.5%
European 3%
Scotch-Irish 2.2%
Italian 2.1%
British 1.7%
Scandinavian 1.6%
Polish 1%
Canadian 0.9%
Welsh 0.6%
Greek 0.4%
Armenian 0.4%
Finnish 0.4%
Northern European 0.4%
Danish 0.2%
Slavic 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Dutch 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Harpswell 5,239 $45,119
Arrowsic 477 $61,875
Brunswick 21,172 $49,088
Freeport 7,800 $58,134
Phippsburg 2,106 $53,631
Topsham 9,100 $52,134
West Bath 1,798 $52,986

Harpswell Public Libraries

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