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Overview

Introduction to Gardiner, Maine

Gardiner, Maine, in Kennebec county, is 46 miles NE of Portland, Maine and 144 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts.

Gardiner History

Gardiner was founded in 1754 by a prominent Boston physician named Dr. Sylvester Gardiner. At that time, it was named Gardinerstown. Early in 1760, the city was set off from Pittston. It was incorporated in 1803 as the town of Gardiner. In its early years, shipbuilding and trade were the primary industries. Gardiner was reincorporated as a city in 1849.

Gardiner and nearby Attractions

  • Old Fort Western
  • Pine Tree State Arboretum
  • Children's Discovery Museum
  • Peacock Beach State Park
  • Fort Edgecomb State Historic Site
  • Edward Arlington Robinson House

Things To Do In Gardiner

While in Gardiner, one can visit the Pine Tree State Arboretum and the Children's Discovery Museum. The Old Fort Western, a wooden fort built in 1754, is also nearby. The Peacock Beach State Park includes a small beach and swimming area and is ideal for a family day out. One can also visit the Damariscotta Lake State Park. Local music shows are organized at the Johnson Hall Theater.

Gardiner Transportation

Portland International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Gardiner Higher Education

One can pursue higher education at the University of Maine at Augusta, the University of Southern Maine and Saint Joseph’s College.

People

Total Population 5,697
Male Share of the Population 45.6%
Female Share of the Population 54.4%
Senior Citizens 14.4%
Employed Population 16+ 2,874
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 50.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $60,000
% Above Poverty Level 82.2%
% Below Poverty Level 17.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.9%
Median Gross Rent $676
Median House Value $129,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.1%
US/American 0%
English 20.7%
Irish 16.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Gardiner Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 46 miles NE of Portland, Maine (center to center)
Nearest Large City 144 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Kennebec
Standard Zip Codes 04345
Phone Area Codes 207
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.23
Longitude -69.775

Gardiner Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station GARDINER
Distance 1 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 29 F
Apr Temp 33 to 52 F
Jul Temp 58 to 80 F
Oct Temp 37 to 58 F
Annual Precip 43.9 inches
Station NEWCASTLE
Distance 17.3 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 30 F
Apr Temp 34 to 53 F
Jul Temp 58 to 79 F
Oct Temp 39 to 57 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches
Station LEWISTON
Distance 23.7 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 35 to 54 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 40 to 58 F
Annual Precip 45.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Augusta 18,772 $51,495
Chelsea 2,710 $63,417
Farmingdale 1,969 $24,766
Hallowell 2,514 $63,292
Randolph 1,792 $54,148
West Gardiner 3,419 $72,965

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Gardiner Public Libraries

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Gardiner Public Library
152 WATER STREET
Gardiner, Maine
(207) 582-3312
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Gardiner High Schools

GARDINER AREA HIGH SCHOOL
40 WEST HILL ROAD
207-582-3150
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 787 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

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