Introduction to Waterboro, Maine

Waterboro, Maine, in York county, is 24 miles W of Portland, Maine and 83 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts. About 6,214 people live in Waterboro.

Waterboro History

Waterboro was originally known as Massabesic, meaning "the place of much water," because of the many lakes in the region. It was initially inhabited by the Abenaki Indians. Masabesic Plantation was renamed after one of its proprietors, Colonel Joshua Waters. Lumbering began to prosper here in 1764. The first permanent settler was Captain John Smith from Kittery, who visited the area in the year 1768. It was incorporated as Waterborough in 1787. The name was shortened to Waterboro in 1895.

Waterboro and nearby Attractions

  • Saco Museum
  • Willowbrook Museum Village
  • Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
  • Friendship Park

Things To Do In Waterboro

A visit to the Willowbrook Museum Village will help one to discover the area's history. The Saco Museum is popular for its historical significance. The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge provides amenities for several different types of recreational opportunities. Friendship Park has picnic areas and space for outdoor activities. Lake Arrowhead is also worth visiting.

Waterboro Transportation

Air transportation is available from Portland International Airport.

Waterboro Higher Education

Saint Joseph’s College, the University of New England-University Campus, the University of Southern Maine and the University of New Hampshire - Main Campus.


Total Population 7,747
Male Share of the Population 54%
Female Share of the Population 46%
Senior Citizens 8%
Employed Population 16+ 3,805
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 56%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.7%
Median Earnings25+ $33,750
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $29,732
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,806


Median Family Income $68,427
% Above Poverty Level 91.8%
% Below Poverty Level 8.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 42 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 16.5%
Median Gross Rent $910
Median House Value $186,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.7%
US/American 0%
English 20.7%
Irish 11.9%

Waterboro Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 24 miles W of Portland, Maine (center to center)
Nearest Large City 83 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County York
Standard Zip Codes 04087
Phone Area Codes 207
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.535
Longitude -70.715

Waterboro Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.9 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 17.9 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
Distance 24.1 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

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