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Overview

Introduction to Oakland, Maine

Oakland, Maine is 66 miles NE of Portland, Maine and 165 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts. It is in Kennebec county. The population of the town is 5,959.

Oakland History

Oakland was first settled in by Europeans in 1780. It was then known as Taconnet, honoring the Indian chief Taconnet. It was incorporated as West Waterville in 1873 and renamed Oakland in 1883. Oakland was previously known as the "Axe and Scythe Capital" of New England. Farming has been important throughout the history of Oakland.

Oakland and nearby Attractions

  • Maine State Museum
  • Lake Saint George State Park
  • Messalonskee Lake
  • Edward Arlington Robinson House

Things To Do In Oakland

A visit to the Maine State Museum and Redington Museum may be exciting for those interested in the area’s history. Lake Saint George State Park comes with a swimming area and camping facilities. The Edward Arlington Robinson House is a historical site and a major tourist attraction. One can also enjoy a walk by Messalonskee Lake during free hours.

Oakland Transportation

Bangor International is the nearest major airport.

Oakland Higher Education

Institutes offering higher education to the residents of Oakland include the University of Maine at Augusta, the University of Maine at Farmington, the University of Southern Maine and Saint Joseph’s College.

People

Total Population 2,448
Male Share of the Population 45.1%
Female Share of the Population 54.9%
Senior Citizens 27.7%
Employed Population 16+ 1,034
Age of the Population 54

Families

% of people married 46.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $71,250
% Above Poverty Level 90.6%
% Below Poverty Level 9.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 31.2%
Median Gross Rent $741
Median House Value $138,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.3%
US/American 0%
English 35.5%
Irish 17.6%

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

Oakland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 66 miles NE of Portland, Maine (center to center)
Nearest Large City 165 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Kennebec
Standard Zip Codes 04963
Phone Area Codes 207
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.54
Longitude -69.722

Oakland 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 WATERVILLE TREATMENT PLT
Distance 3.6 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 28 F
Apr Temp 31 to 53 F
Jul Temp 57 to 81 F
Oct Temp 35 to 59 F
Annual Precip 41.6 inches
Station AUGUSTA AP
Distance 15.9 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 29 F
Apr Temp 34 to 53 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 39 to 58 F
Annual Precip 42.3 inches
Station MADISON
Distance 19.6 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 26 F
Apr Temp 31 to 51 F
Jul Temp 56 to 79 F
Oct Temp 36 to 56 F
Annual Precip 39.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fairfield 3,105 $45,870
Rome 1,148 $67,083
Smithfield 1,028 $64,375
Vassalboro 4,311 $55,000
Waterville 15,989 $53,198
Winslow 7,661 $60,820

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

Oakland Public Libraries

Library
Oakland Public Library
18 CHURCH STREET
Oakland, Maine
(207) 465-7533

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Oakland High Schools

MESSALONSKEE HIGH SCHOOL
131 MESSALONSKEE HIGH DRIVE
207-465-7381
Serves 944 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

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