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Overview

Introduction to Biddeford, Maine

Biddeford, Maine, in York county, is 15 miles SW of Portland, Maine and 84 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts.

Biddeford History

Originally, the Abenaki Indian's Sokokis tribe fished and hunted in this area. Biddeford included both sides of the Saco River in 1653 and was incorporated as the independent town of Saco by the Massachusetts General Court. The town came to be known as Biddeford in 1718 and was incorporated as a city in 1855.

Biddeford and nearby Attractions

  • Biddeford Shopping Center
  • Hills Beach
  • Clifford Park
  • Saco Museum

Things To Do In Biddeford

The Five Points Shopping Center and the Biddeford Shopping Center are the local shopping centers. Parks like the Clifford Park and the Saint Louis Field come with various recreational facilities. One can also plan a day trip to the Saco Museum. Freddy Beach, Fortunes Rocks Beach and the Hills Beach are popular destinations and attract a number of tourists. Each June, the La Kermesse Festival is hosted by the city.

Biddeford Transportation

Portland International is the nearest major airport.

Biddeford Higher Education

The University of New England-University Campus is located in the city. Other institutes offering higher educational facilities include Northern Essex Community College, the University of Southern Maine, the University of New Hampshire-Main Campus and Saint Joseph’s College.

Demographics

People

Total Population21,341
Male Share of the Population47.9%
Female Share of the Population52.1%
Senior Citizens14.5%
Employed Population 16+11,097
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married38.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher22.9%
Median Earnings25+$31,665
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,707
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,669

Wealth

Median Family Income$54,589
% Above Poverty Level81.9%
% Below Poverty Level18.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work8.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone30.8%
Median Gross Rent$884
Median House Value$211,400

Ancestry

French Except Basque26.5%
Irish16.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)15.5%
Canadian14.4%
English11.9%
Italian7%
German5.7%
Scottish4.4%
Polish3.1%
Greek2%
Arab1.7%
Norwegian1.4%
African1.4%
Liberian0.9%
Iraqi0.9%
Romanian0.7%
Swedish0.7%
Russian0.7%
Dutch0.7%
Portuguese0.6%
Welsh0.5%
Ugandan0.4%
Hungarian0.3%
Lithuanian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
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Biddeford Almanac

CategoryValue
County York County
Standard Zip Codes4005
P.O. Box Zip Codes4007
Phone Area Codes207
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude43.46
Approximate Longitude-70.44

Biddeford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationKENNEBUNKPORT
Distance9.9 miles
Jan Temp11 to 32 F
Apr Temp32 to 52 F
Jul Temp57 to 76 F
Oct Temp36 to 58 F
Annual Precip47 inches
StationSANFORD 2 NNW
Distance16.6 miles
Jan Temp12 to 32 F
Apr Temp33 to 57 F
Jul Temp58 to 83 F
Oct Temp37 to 61 F
Annual Precip48.7 inches
StationEAST HIRAM
Distance30.8 miles
Jan Temp3 to 28 F
Apr Temp29 to 53 F
Jul Temp55 to 80 F
Oct Temp32 to 58 F
Annual Precip48.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Arundel4,160$79,300
Dayton1,932$85,982
Kennebunk5,579$89,511
Old Orchard Beach8,727$59,414
Saco19,008$70,805
Scarborough5,268$92,778

Biddeford Public Libraries

Mcarthur Public Library
270 MAIN STREET
Biddeford, Maine
(207) 284-4181

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Biddeford Hospitals

Southern Maine Medical Center
(Non-profit)
1 Medical Center Drive
(207) 283-7000

Biddeford Public Schools

John F Kennedy Memorial School
64 West Street
ZIP: 4005
(207) 282-4134
Primary
Total Enrollment 184
Biddeford Regional Ctr Of Tech
10 Maplewood Avenue
ZIP: 4005
(207) 282-1501
Biddeford High School
20 Maplewood Avenue
ZIP: 4005
(207) 282-1596
High
Total Enrollment 801
Biddeford Middle School
25 Tiger Drive
ZIP: 4005
(207) 282-6400
Middle
Total Enrollment 534
Biddeford Intermediate School
335 Hill Street
ZIP: 4005
(207) 282-5957
Middle
Total Enrollment 374
Biddeford Primary School
320 Hill Street
ZIP: 4005
(207) 282-8285
Primary
Total Enrollment 556

Biddeford Private Schools

St James School
25 Graham St
ZIP: 4005
Elementary
Total Enrollment 201
Saco Island School
638 Elm St
ZIP: 4087
Secondary
Total Enrollment 1
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