Peru, Maine

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High Points

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

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Low Rate of Poverty
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Top 13% Peru Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Peru, Maine

Comparing Peru 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
Male Share of the Population 9 7
Age of the Population 7 6
Senior Citizens 5 7
Well-Paid Single Men 5 6
Female Share of the Population 2 4
Racial Diversity 2 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 9
Average Household Size 7 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 8 9
People in Middle Class or Better 7 7
Median Family Income 6 7
College Educated Adults 4 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 8 4
Short Commute Times 4 5
Walking and Biking to Work 2 2
Public Transportation Use 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 8
Housing Recently Built 7 4
Affordability of Rents 4 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 6
People Living Alone 2 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 1

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Peru Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 58 miles N of Portland, Maine (center to center)
Nearest Large City 152 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County Oxford
Standard Zip Codes 04290
Phone Area Codes 207
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.506
Longitude -70.405

Peru Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.6 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 27 F
Apr Temp 32 to 52 F
Jul Temp 57 to 79 F
Oct Temp 37 to 57 F
Annual Precip 44.9 inches
Distance 29.6 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
Distance 32.8 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
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Peru Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,515 100%
Male 757 50%
Female 758 50%
Under 18 404 26.7%
18+ 1,111 73.3%
65+ 229 15.1%
Median Age 39.8
Average Family Size 2.98
White 1,504 99.3%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 2 0.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 5 0.3%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 4 0.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 6 0.4%

Estimated Peru Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,537
Growth 22
Growth % 1.5%

Peru 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
US/American 20.4%
English 20%
French Canadian 15.1%
French (except Basque) 14.8%
Irish 4.9%
German 4.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4%
Scottish 3.2%
Italian 2.9%
Scotch-Irish 1.4%
Polish 1.4%
Lithuanian 1.3%
British 1.2%
European 1.1%
Dutch 1%
Swedish 0.8%
Canadian 0.3%
Norwegian 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Carpatho Rusyn 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Slavic 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

West Peru (04290)

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)
Peru 1,515 $43,047
Canton 1,121 $40,469
Dixfield 2,514 $41,979
Jay 4,985 $43,365
Mexico 2,959 $33,776
Rumford 6,472 $33,878
Sumner 854 $41,786
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