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Overview

Introduction to Oakland, Maine

Oakland, Maine is 66 miles NE of Portland, Maine and 165 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts. It is in Kennebec county. The population of the town is 5,959.

Oakland History

Oakland was first settled in by Europeans in 1780. It was then known as Taconnet, honoring the Indian chief Taconnet. It was incorporated as West Waterville in 1873 and renamed Oakland in 1883. Oakland was previously known as the "Axe and Scythe Capital" of New England. Farming has been important throughout the history of Oakland.

Oakland and nearby Attractions

  • Maine State Museum
  • Lake Saint George State Park
  • Messalonskee Lake
  • Edward Arlington Robinson House

Things To Do In Oakland

A visit to the Maine State Museum and Redington Museum may be exciting for those interested in the area’s history. Lake Saint George State Park comes with a swimming area and camping facilities. The Edward Arlington Robinson House is a historical site and a major tourist attraction. One can also enjoy a walk by Messalonskee Lake during free hours.

Oakland Transportation

Bangor International is the nearest major airport.

Oakland Higher Education

Institutes offering higher education to the residents of Oakland include the University of Maine at Augusta, the University of Maine at Farmington, the University of Southern Maine and Saint Joseph’s College.

Demographics

People

Total Population2,397
Male Share of the Population53.1%
Female Share of the Population46.9%
Senior Citizens23.8%
Employed Population 16+1,039
Age of the Population50

Families

% of people married38.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher20.3%
Median Earnings25+$30,467
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,815

Wealth

Median Family Income$52,375
% Above Poverty Level80.5%
% Below Poverty Level19.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.9%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone36.1%
Median Gross Rent$745
Median House Value$140,000

Ancestry

English42.3%
Irish20.4%
French Except Basque17.9%
Scottish6.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)5.5%
Canadian5%
Polish4.4%
German3.5%
Italian1.8%
Finnish1.4%
Russian1.1%
Norwegian1%
Arab0.6%
Lebanese0.6%
Ukrainian0.5%
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Oakland Almanac

CategoryValue
County Kennebec County
Standard Zip Codes4963
Phone Area Codes207
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude44.55
Approximate Longitude-69.71

Oakland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationWATERVILLE TREATMENT PLT
Distance3.6 miles
Jan Temp5 to 28 F
Apr Temp31 to 53 F
Jul Temp57 to 81 F
Oct Temp35 to 59 F
Annual Precip41.6 inches
StationAUGUSTA AP
Distance15.9 miles
Jan Temp11 to 29 F
Apr Temp34 to 53 F
Jul Temp60 to 81 F
Oct Temp39 to 58 F
Annual Precip42.3 inches
StationMADISON
Distance19.6 miles
Jan Temp4 to 26 F
Apr Temp31 to 51 F
Jul Temp56 to 79 F
Oct Temp36 to 56 F
Annual Precip39.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Fairfield3,218$42,240
Rome1,120$67,333
Smithfield1,070$61,058
Vassalboro4,313$61,875
Waterville16,134$52,332
Winslow7,636$62,267

Oakland Public Libraries

Oakland Public Library
18 CHURCH STREET
Oakland, Maine
(207) 465-7533

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Oakland Public Schools

Messalonskee High School
131 Messalonskee High Drive
ZIP: 4963
(207) 465-7381
High
Total Enrollment 760
Messalonskee Middle School
33 School Bus Drive
ZIP: 4963
(207) 465-2167
Middle
Total Enrollment 527
Ralph M Atwood Primary School
19 Heath Street
ZIP: 4963
(207) 465-3411
Primary
Total Enrollment 238
Williams Elementary School
55 Pleasant Street
ZIP: 4963
(207) 465-2965
Primary
Total Enrollment 223
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