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Overview

Introduction to Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in Cumberland county, is 7 miles SE of Portland, Maine and 94 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts. It is part of the surrounding Portland metro area.

Cape Elizabeth History

Cape Elizabeth was explored in 1615 by John Smith. King Charles I named the town after Elizabeth of Bohemia, his sister and the eldest daughter of King James I. The area was first settled in by Europeans in the 1630s. Cape Elizabeth was incorporated as a town on November 1, 1765. Prior to incorporation, the town was a part of present-day Portland.

Cape Elizabeth and nearby Attractions

  • Crescent Beach State Park
  • Fort Williams Park Museum at Portland Head Light
  • Two Lights State Park
  • Portland Public Market
  • Ferry Beach State Park
  • Cliff House Beach

Things To Do In Cape Elizabeth

While at Cape Elizabeth, one can visit the Crescent Beach State Park and the Two Lights State Park. The Crescent Beach and the Cliff House Beach offers a number of recreational facilities. One can enjoy shopping at the Pond Cove Shopping Center. Tourists can also visit the Children's Museum of Maine, the Palace Playland, Old Orchard Beach and Higgins Beach.

Cape Elizabeth Transportation

Portland International Airport is nearby.

Cape Elizabeth Higher Education

The University of Southern Maine, Saint Joseph’s College and the University of New England-University Campus are some of the nearest colleges and universities.

Demographics

People

Total Population9,230
Male Share of the Population47.2%
Female Share of the Population52.8%
Senior Citizens20.7%
Employed Population 16+4,795
Age of the Population51

Families

% of people married64.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher66.6%
Median Earnings25+$55,657
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$46,992

Wealth

Median Family Income$123,425
% Above Poverty Level96.8%
% Below Poverty Level3.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home13.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone24.6%
Median Gross Rent$989
Median House Value$383,100

Ancestry

Irish28.7%
English24.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)10.4%
French Except Basque9%
Italian8.3%
Scottish6.7%
Polish4.6%
Swedish4.1%
Russian3.4%
Canadian3%
Dutch1.7%
Swiss1.1%
Danishn1.1%
Lithuanian1%
Greek1%
Welsh0.8%
Norwegian0.7%
Arab0.6%
Syrian0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Portuguese0.3%
Estonian0.3%
US/American0.3%
Brazilian0.3%
Czech0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
African0.2%
German0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Lebanese0.1%
Israeli0.1%
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Cape Elizabeth Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cumberland County
Standard Zip Codes4107
Phone Area Codes207
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude43.56
Approximate Longitude-70.2

Cape Elizabeth Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPORTLAND INTL AP
Distance7.8 miles
Jan Temp13 to 31 F
Apr Temp35 to 53 F
Jul Temp59 to 79 F
Oct Temp37 to 58 F
Annual Precip45.8 inches
StationKENNEBUNKPORT
Distance19.9 miles
Jan Temp11 to 32 F
Apr Temp32 to 52 F
Jul Temp57 to 76 F
Oct Temp36 to 58 F
Annual Precip47 inches
StationEAST HIRAM
Distance35.3 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
Long Island207$72,000
Old Orchard Beach8,727$59,414
Portland66,649$69,337
Scarborough5,268$92,778
South Portland25,397$67,853
Westbrook17,969$67,546

Cape Elizabeth Public Libraries

Thomas Memorial Library
6 SCOTT DYER RD.
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
(207) 799-1720

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Cape Elizabeth Public Schools

Cape Elizabeth Middle School
14 Scott Dyer Road
ZIP: 4107
(207) 799-8176
Middle
Total Enrollment 552
Cape Elizabeth High School
345 Ocean House Road
ZIP: 4107
(207) 799-3309
High
Total Enrollment 540
Pond Cove Elementary
12 Scott Dyer Road
ZIP: 4107
(207) 799-7339
Primary
Total Enrollment 548

Cape Elizabeth Private Schools

Aucocisco School
126 Spurwink Ave
ZIP: 4107
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 33
Appletree School
44 Two Lights Rd
ZIP: 4107
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
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Historic Cape Elizabeth

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Portland harbor from Cape Cottage between 1900 and 1915

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Portland harbor from Cape Cottage between 1900 and 1915

Portland Head Light and Cushing's Island between 1900 and 1906

Casino and grounds (Cape Cottage) c1904.

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