Introduction to Orono, Maine

Orono, Maine, in Penobscot county, is 115 miles NE of Portland, Maine and 211 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts. Part of the surrounding Bangor metro area, Orono is home to some 9,112 residents.

Orono History

Orono was first settled in by Jeremiah Colburn and Joshua Ayers in 1774. At that time the town was a part of the State of Massachusetts. The town was named after Joseph Orono, a chief of the Penobscot Indians. The town was incorporated on March 12, 1806. Orono is located in Penobscot County, which was established in 1816.

Orono and nearby Attractions

  • Hudson Museum
  • Maine Forest & Logging Museum/ Leonard
  • Maine Folklife Center
  • Page Farm & Home Museum
  • Lamoine State Park
  • Fort Knox State Park

Things To Do In Orono

Orono has several parks and playgrounds. Some of these include Marden Park, Chester G Bridges Tennis Complex, Concert Park, Webster Park and the Clarence B. Beckett Family Track and Field Complex. One can also visit the Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium and Observatory. The Penobscot-Valley Country Club is an ideal destination for golfers. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Twin City Shopping Center and the University Mall Shopping Center.

Orono Transportation

Bangor International is the nearest major airport.

Orono Higher Education

The town is home to the University of Maine. Higher education can also be pursued at the University of Maine at Farmington, Saint Joseph’s College and the University of Southern Maine.


Total Population 9,522
Male Share of the Population 50.8%
Female Share of the Population 49.2%
Senior Citizens 12.1%
Employed Population 16+ 4,024
Age of the Population 21


% of people married 18.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 57.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $88,261
% Above Poverty Level 68.1%
% Below Poverty Level 31.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 25.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%


People Living Alone 37.4%
Median Gross Rent $824
Median House Value $201,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.4%
US/American 0.1%
English 12.1%
Irish 20.3%

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

Orono Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 115 miles NE of Portland, Maine (center to center)
Nearest Large City 211 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Penobscot
Metro Area Bangor
Standard Zip Codes 04473
Company Zip Codes 04469
Phone Area Codes 207
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.883
Longitude -68.672

Orono Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station ORONO
Distance 1.2 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 28 F
Apr Temp 32 to 52 F
Jul Temp 56 to 80 F
Oct Temp 36 to 55 F
Annual Precip 40.2 inches
Distance 9.1 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 28 F
Apr Temp 33 to 53 F
Jul Temp 59 to 80 F
Oct Temp 38 to 57 F
Annual Precip 39.5 inches
Distance 29.2 miles
Jan Temp 1 to 26 F
Apr Temp 30 to 52 F
Jul Temp 56 to 79 F
Oct Temp 33 to 57 F
Annual Precip 42.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bradley 1,471 $61,406
Eddington 2,519 $68,413
Glenburn 4,607 $72,992
Milford 2,239 $55,365
Old Town 7,726 $53,250
Veazie 2,045 $68,417

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

Orono Public Libraries

Orono Public Library
Orono, Maine
(207) 866-5060
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Serves 375 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

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