Introduction to Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Old Orchard Beach, Maine, in York county, is 11 miles SW of Portland, Maine and 87 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts. Part of the surrounding Portland metro area, Old Orchard Beach is home to some 8,856 residents.

Old Orchard Beach History

Old Orchard Beach was settled in by Europeans in 1657. The name of the town is derived from the old apple orchard that acted as a landmark to the sailors for many years. Growth and home building followed after the Civil War.

Old Orchard Beach and nearby Attractions

  • Old Orchard Beach
  • Old Orchard Beach Historical Society Museum
  • Palace Playland
  • Maine Wildlife Park
  • Pirates Cove Adventure Golf

Things To Do In Old Orchard Beach

One can enjoy various water sports at the Old Orchard Beach and Surfside Beach. The Old Orchard Beach Historical Society Museum is a notable site to visit while in the town. Palace Playland is the only beachfront amusement park in New England. Moose, bears, cougars and deer can be seen in their natural environment at the Maine Wildlife Park.

Old Orchard Beach Transportation

Portland International is the nearest major airport.

Old Orchard Beach Higher Education

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


Total Population 8,697
Male Share of the Population 47.3%
Female Share of the Population 52.7%
Senior Citizens 22.1%
Employed Population 16+ 4,155
Age of the Population 51


% of people married 44.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $55,108
% Above Poverty Level 86.6%
% Below Poverty Level 13.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 6.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.9%


People Living Alone 35.4%
Median Gross Rent $839
Median House Value $194,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.5%
US/American 0%
English 18.7%
Irish 15.4%

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

Old Orchard Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles SW of Portland, Maine (center to center)
Nearest Large City 87 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts
County York
Metro Area Portland
Standard Zip Codes 04064
Phone Area Codes 207
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.517
Longitude -70.378

Old Orchard Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 10 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 12.4 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
Distance 31.4 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arundel 4,127 $78,750
Biddeford 21,289 $57,701
Cape Elizabeth 9,157 $120,034
Dayton 1,973 $83,571
Saco 18,874 $71,102
Scarborough 4,601 $76,500

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

Old Orchard Beach Public Libraries

Old Orchard Beach - Libby Memorial Library
Old Orchard Beach, Maine
(207) 934-4351

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Old Orchard Beach High Schools

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 363 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

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Historic Old Orchard Beach


Old Orchard House c1904.

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Old Orchard House c1904.

Old Orchard House 1904 (est.)

Fiske House and beach c1904.

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