Waterboro, Maine

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Waterboro, Maine

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.

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High Points

Waterboro strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Maine):

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 14% Waterboro Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Waterboro, Maine

Comparing Waterboro to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Maine (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 10
Well-Paid Single Men 3 5
Age of the Population 3 1
Female Share of the Population 1 2
Senior Citizens 1 1
Racial Diversity 1 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 9
Average Household Size 9 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 7 9
People in Middle Class or Better 6 8
Median Family Income 5 8
College Educated Adults 4 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 6 2
Public Transportation Use 3 6
Walking and Biking to Work 2 4
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 7
Housing Recently Built 9 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 5
Affordability of Rents 6 3
People Living Alone 2 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 4

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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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Waterboro Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,214 100%
Male 3,138 50.5%
Female 3,076 49.5%
Under 18 1,911 30.8%
18+ 4,303 69.2%
65+ 437 7%
Median Age 33.3
Average Family Size 3.15
White 6,131 98.7%
African-American 7 0.1%
Asian 13 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 20 0.3%
Other 9 0.1%
Mixed Race 34 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 42 0.7%

Estimated Waterboro Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 7,233
Growth 1,019
Growth % 16.4%

Waterboro Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
English 19.3%
French (except Basque) 16%
US/American 14.8%
French Canadian 12.5%
Irish 11.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.7%
Scottish 4.1%
Italian 3.8%
German 2.6%
Scotch-Irish 1.7%
Polish 1.6%
Danish 0.8%
Canadian 0.7%
European 0.7%
Greek 0.6%
Swedish 0.5%
Norwegian 0.5%
Belgian 0.4%
Russian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Jamaican 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Waterboro 6,214 $46,667
Acton 2,145 $45,353
Alfred 2,497 $47,625
Lyman 3,795 $53,140
Newfield 1,328 $41,563
Sanford 20,806 $43,021
Shapleigh 2,326 $45,591
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Serves 1,152 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

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