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Overview

Introduction to Topsham, Maine

Topsham, Maine, in Sagadahoc county, is 23 miles NE of Portland, Maine and 121 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts. As of the year 2000 census, 9,100 people lived in Topsham.

Topsham History

Topsham was previously known as Sawacook and was inhabited by the Pejepscot Abenaki Indians. The population of the tribe declined during from 1615 to 1616 due to a plague brought in by the Europeans. It was named after Topsham in Devon, England. The Massachusetts General Court incorporated it as a town in 1764. Pejepscot Falls provided the water power that was required for the operation of mills, industries and various factories.

Topsham and nearby Attractions

  • Topsham Fairgrounds
  • Topsham Historic District
  • Maine Maritime Museum
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe House
  • Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park

Things To Do In Topsham

The Topsham Fairgrounds, Topsham Historic District and the Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park are popular local recreational spots. A notable historic site that can be visited is the Harriet Beecher Stowe House. The Maine Maritime Museum is a must visit for all tourists. The city hosts the Topsham Fair every year in the month of August.

Topsham Transportation

Portland International Airport offers air transportation facilities.

Topsham Higher Education

There are several higher education institutes that can be attended from Topsham, including the University of Southern Maine, the University of Maine at Augusta Saint Joseph’s College and the University of New England-University Campus.

People

Total Population 6,483
Male Share of the Population 44.1%
Female Share of the Population 55.9%
Senior Citizens 22.4%
Employed Population 16+ 3,272
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 48.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 40.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $75,268
% Above Poverty Level 90.8%
% Below Poverty Level 9.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 6.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 32%
Median Gross Rent $796
Median House Value $209,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.6%
US/American 0%
English 23.2%
Irish 16.3%

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

Topsham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 23 miles NE of Portland, Maine (center to center)
Nearest Large City 121 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Sagadahoc
Standard Zip Codes 04086
Phone Area Codes 207
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.927
Longitude -69.976

Topsham 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 BRUNSWICK
Distance 2.9 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
Station LEWISTON
Distance 16.9 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
Station NEWCASTLE
Distance 23.6 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Pejepscot (04086)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bath 8,349 $51,618
Bowdoin 3,087 $61,648
Bowdoinham 520 $89,792
Brunswick 15,453 $68,156
Harpswell 4,815 $82,254
West Bath 2,081 $68,315

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

Topsham Public Libraries

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35 REPUBLIC AVENUE
Topsham, Maine
(207) 725-1727
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Topsham High Schools

MT ARARAT HIGH SCHOOL
73 EAGLES WAY
207-729-2951
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,143 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.6

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