Introduction to South Berwick, Maine

South Berwick, Maine, in York county, is 34 miles NE of Haverhill, Massachusetts and 61 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is conveniently located inside the Portsmouth-Rochester metropolitan area. There are an estimated 6,671 people in South Berwick.

South Berwick History

The Abenaki Indians, who were the original inhabitants of South Berwick, named the area Newichawannock. The area was first settled in by European in 1631. Ambrose Gibbons established the first trading post in this area, while the first sawmill of the area was constructed in 1651. The town was renamed Abenaki in 1703. It was incorporated in 1713 and adopted its present name.>

South Berwick and nearby Attractions

  • Sarah Orne Jewett House
  • Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park
  • Counting House Museum
  • Hamilton House
  • Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
  • Seacoast Science Center

Things To Do In South Berwick

One can visit the Spring Hill Recreation Area and the Vaughan Woods State Park while in South Berwick. The Sarah Orne Jewett House is also worth visiting. Visitors can also plan a trip to the Seashore Trolley Museum, the Children's Museum of Portsmouth, the Wallis Sands State Park, the North Hampton State Park and the John Paul Jones State Historic Site. The town also hosts the Strawberry Festival every year.

South Berwick Transportation

Pease International is the nearest major airport.

South Berwick Higher Education

Residents of South Berwick can pursue higher education at the University of New Hampshire, Northern Essex Community College and the University of New England-University Campus.


Total Population 7,312
Male Share of the Population 43.7%
Female Share of the Population 56.3%
Senior Citizens 11%
Employed Population 16+ 4,110
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 56.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 42%
Median Earnings25+ $37,349
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,071
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,879


Median Family Income $96,268
% Above Poverty Level 92.8%
% Below Poverty Level 7.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 5.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%


People Living Alone 22.4%
Median Gross Rent $822
Median House Value $269,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.4%
US/American 0%
English 24.7%
Irish 16.7%

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

South Berwick Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 34 miles NE of Haverhill, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 61 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County York
Standard Zip Codes 03908
Phone Area Codes 207
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.234
Longitude -70.81

South Berwick Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station DURHAM
Distance 9.2 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 33 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42.8 inches
Distance 16.1 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
Distance 19 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Berwick 2,412 $72,669
Eliot 6,278 $91,595
Kittery 4,515 $74,153
North Berwick 1,792 $74,333
Ogunquit 1,337 $70,375
York 12,717 $87,377

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

South Berwick Public Libraries

South Berwick Public Library
South Berwick, Maine
(207) 384-3308
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South Berwick High Schools

260 ROUTE 236
Serves 851 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

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