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 Population21,452
Male Share of the Population48.7%
Female Share of the Population51.3%
Senior Citizens17.2%
Employed Population 16+11,329
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married38.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher25.2%
Median Earnings25+$33,182
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,576
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,425

Wealth

Median Family Income$61,438
% Above Poverty Level83.3%
% Below Poverty Level16.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work7.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone29.6%
Median Gross Rent$927
Median House Value$223,300

Ancestry

French Except Basque20.7%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)17.5%
Canadian17.3%
Irish15.4%
English9.5%
Italian7.9%
German5.4%
Scottish3.1%
Polish2.3%
Norwegian1.5%
Arab1.4%
African1.4%
Portuguese1.2%
Greek1%
Russian1%
Swedish0.9%
Iraqi0.7%
Ugandan0.7%
Liberian0.6%
Danishn0.6%
Albanian0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Dutch0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Lithuanian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
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Biddeford Almanac

CategoryValue
CountyYork County
Standard Zip Codes04005
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
Kennebunk5,809$100,798
Old Orchard Beach8,809$67,794
Saco19,342$78,879
Scarborough4,796$99,590

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

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

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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