Introduction to Rockland, Maine

Rockland, Maine, in Knox county, is 64 miles NE of Portland, Maine and 155 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts. About 7,609 people live in Rockland.

Rockland History

Rockland was once inhabited by the Abenaki Indians. It was originally known as Catawamteak, which means "great landing place." John Lermond built a camp in this area in 1767 to produce pine lumber and oak staves. At that time it was known as Lermond's Cove. It was renamed Shore village in 1777 and became the town of East Thomaston on July 28, 1848. The name was changed to Rockland in 1850. It was incorporated as a city in 1854.

Rockland and nearby Attractions

  • Farnsworth Art Museum
  • Owls Head Transportation Museum
  • Shore Village Museum
  • Birch Point State Park
  • Warren Island State Park
  • Camden Hills State Park

Things To Do In Rockland

Rockland is home to several parks and open spaces, including the Harbor Park, J C Park, the Rockland Recreation Building and Playground and the Wasgett Field. The Main Street Historic District and Rockland Residential Historic District are also worth visiting. The Rockland Golf Course is an ideal destination for golfers. One can also visit the Shore Village Museum and the William A Farnsworth Art Museum. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Rockland Shopping Center and the Rockland Plaza Shopping Center.

Rockland Transportation

Bangor International is the nearest major airport.

Rockland Higher Education

The University of Maine at Augusta, the University of Maine at Farmington, the University of New England-University Campus and several others provide facilities for higher education.


Total Population 7,241
Male Share of the Population 47.5%
Female Share of the Population 52.5%
Senior Citizens 22.2%
Employed Population 16+ 3,686
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 40.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32.4%
Median Earnings25+ $27,682
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,720
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,988


Median Family Income $55,899
% Above Poverty Level 86.5%
% Below Poverty Level 13.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 6.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 13%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 43.9%
Median Gross Rent $702
Median House Value $152,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.1%
US/American 0%
English 24.2%
Irish 12.9%

Rockland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 64 miles NE of Portland, Maine (center to center)
Nearest Large City 155 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Knox
Standard Zip Codes 04841
Phone Area Codes 207
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.103
Longitude -69.109

Rockland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 7 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 29 F
Apr Temp 34 to 50 F
Jul Temp 59 to 76 F
Oct Temp 39 to 56 F
Annual Precip 51.2 inches
Distance 15.1 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 32 F
Apr Temp 35 to 50 F
Jul Temp 57 to 72 F
Oct Temp 43 to 55 F
Annual Precip 44.7 inches
Distance 21.4 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 30 F
Apr Temp 34 to 53 F
Jul Temp 58 to 79 F
Oct Temp 39 to 57 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Owls Head 1,669 $68,095
Rockport 3,338 $80,663
South Thomaston 1,495 $58,462
St. George 2,586 $59,750
Thomaston 2,052 $59,167
Warren 4,715 $64,110

Rockland Public Libraries

Rockland Public Library
Rockland, Maine
(207) 594-0310
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