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Overview

Introduction to Scarborough, Maine

Scarborough, Maine, in Cumberland county, is 6 miles SW of Portland, Maine and 92 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and that it shares the Portland metropolitan area with. Scarborough contains a population of approximately 16,970.

Scarborough History

The area now known as the town of Scarborough was once occupied by the Abenaki Indians. At that time, it was known as Owascoag, which means "a place of much grass." The land was granted to Captain Thomas Cammock by the Plymouth Council for New England in 1631. It was incorporated as Scarborough on July 14, 1658. The town was named after the city of Scarborough in Yorkshire, England.

Scarborough and nearby Attractions

  • Scarborough Marsh Nature Center
  • Higgins Beach
  • Scarborough Beach State Park
  • Oakhill Plaza Shopping Center
  • Scarborough Historical Society Museum
  • Two Lights State Park

Things To Do In Scarborough

The Scarborough Beach State Park is a popular tourist attraction. One can also visit Higgins Beach, Crescent Beach State Park and the Crescent Beach State Park. One can observe a number of wildlife and birds at the Scarborough Marsh Nature Center. The Oakhill Plaza Shopping Center is a great place to hang around with family and friends.

Scarborough Transportation

Portland International Airport is nearby.

Scarborough Higher Education

The University of Southern Maine, Saint Josephs College and the University of New England-University Campus are some of the nearest universities and colleges.

People

Total Population 4,931
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 21.2%
Employed Population 16+ 2,469
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 56.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 43.3%
Median Earnings25+ $43,700
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $45,625
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,083

Wealth

Median Family Income $78,431
% Above Poverty Level 86.6%
% Below Poverty Level 13.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 5.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation 2.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 28.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,175
Median House Value $258,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.2%
US/American 0%
English 18%
Irish 21.2%

Scarborough Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles SW of Portland, Maine (center to center)
Nearest Large City 92 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Cumberland
Metro Area Portland
Standard Zip Codes 04074
P.O. Box Zip Codes 04070
Phone Area Codes 207
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.578
Longitude -70.322

Scarborough 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 PORTLAND INTL AP
Distance 5.1 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
Station KENNEBUNKPORT
Distance 17.4 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
Station BRUNSWICK
Distance 29.6 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 31 F
Apr Temp 33 to 54 F
Jul Temp 58 to 80 F
Oct Temp 37 to 59 F
Annual Precip 48 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Pine Point (04074)

West Scarborough (04070)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cape Elizabeth 9,093 $115,776
Old Orchard Beach 8,679 $49,180
Portland 66,317 $65,992
Saco 18,757 $70,985
South Portland 25,154 $64,044
Westbrook 17,662 $61,567

Scarborough Public Libraries

Library
Scarborough Public Library
48 GORHAM ROAD
Scarborough, Maine
(207) 883-4723
Library Web Site

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Scarborough High Schools

SCARBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL
20 GORHAM ROAD
207-883-4354
Serves 931 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

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