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Overview

Introduction to Saco, Maine

Saco, Maine, in York county, is 14 miles SW of Portland, Maine and 85 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts. There are an estimated 16,822 people in the city.

Saco History

Saco was originally inhabited by the Sokoki tribe of Abenaki Indians. In 1630, the Plymouth Company granted the land to Richard Bonython and Thomas Lewis. It was renamed Saco in 1653. In fact, the city derived its name from an Algonquian term meaning "river mouth." The city was incorporated in 1867. The Saco Iron Works was established here in 1811.

Saco and nearby Attractions

  • York Institute Museum
  • Ferry Beach State Park
  • MacDonald's Mineral Museum
  • Funtown USA - Splashtown
  • Old Orchard Beach
  • Aquaboggin Water Park

Things To Do In Saco

While in Saco, one can visit the Cascade Water and Amusement Park, Aquaboggan Park and Funtown USA. The Saco Museum, Maine Aquarium and the York Institute Museum are all popular local recreational spots. Golf lovers can visit the Biddeford-Saco Country Club. One can also plan a trip to Ferry Beach or Old Orchard Beach.

Saco Transportation

Portland International is the nearest airport.

Saco Higher Education

The University of New England-University Campus, Saint Joseph’s College and the University of Southern Maine are all close to the city.

People

Total Population 18,874
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 15.7%
Employed Population 16+ 10,506
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 50.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $71,102
% Above Poverty Level 90%
% Below Poverty Level 10%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 26.2%
Median Gross Rent $894
Median House Value $237,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.6%
US/American 0%
English 18.4%
Irish 16.8%

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

Saco Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles SW of Portland, Maine (center to center)
Nearest Large City 85 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County York
Standard Zip Codes 04072
Phone Area Codes 207
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.5
Longitude -70.443

Saco 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 KENNEBUNKPORT
Distance 10.5 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
Station SANFORD 2 NNW
Distance 17.2 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 32 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 61 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Station EAST HIRAM
Distance 30.6 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
Dayton 1,973 $83,571
Kennebunkport 1,078 $103,036
Old Orchard Beach 8,697 $55,108
Scarborough 4,601 $76,500

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

Saco Public Libraries

Library
Saco - Dyer Library
371 MAIN STREET
Saco, Maine
(207) 283-3861

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80 COMMON ST BLDG 2
207-286-2091
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