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Overview

Introduction to Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Old Orchard Beach, Maine, in York county, is 11 miles SW of Portland, Maine and 87 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts. Part of the surrounding Portland metro area, Old Orchard Beach is home to some 8,856 residents.

Old Orchard Beach History

Old Orchard Beach was settled in by Europeans in 1657. The name of the town is derived from the old apple orchard that acted as a landmark to the sailors for many years. Growth and home building followed after the Civil War.

Old Orchard Beach and nearby Attractions

  • Old Orchard Beach
  • Old Orchard Beach Historical Society Museum
  • Palace Playland
  • Maine Wildlife Park
  • Pirates Cove Adventure Golf

Things To Do In Old Orchard Beach

One can enjoy various water sports at the Old Orchard Beach and Surfside Beach. The Old Orchard Beach Historical Society Museum is a notable site to visit while in the town. Palace Playland is the only beachfront amusement park in New England. Moose, bears, cougars and deer can be seen in their natural environment at the Maine Wildlife Park.

Old Orchard Beach Transportation

Portland International is the nearest major airport.

Old Orchard Beach Higher Education

Higher studies can be pursued at the University of New England-University Campus, the University of Southern Maine, Saint Joseph’s College and the University of New Hampshire.

Demographics

People

Total Population8,727
Male Share of the Population48.8%
Female Share of the Population51.2%
Senior Citizens23%
Employed Population 16+4,435
Age of the Population52

Families

% of people married41.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher30.3%
Median Earnings25+$35,106
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,911

Wealth

Median Family Income$59,414
% Above Poverty Level88.3%
% Below Poverty Level11.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home7.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.5%
% Using Public Transportation1%

Housing

People Living Alone40.2%
Median Gross Rent$819
Median House Value$200,200

Ancestry

French Except Basque19.3%
English16.7%
Irish16.1%
Canadian12.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)10.2%
Scottish9.1%
Italian8.6%
German8.6%
Polish3.3%
Norwegian2.2%
Greek1.9%
Swedish1.3%
Portuguese1.2%
Dutch1%
Arab0.9%
Lebanese0.9%
Austrian0.8%
Russian0.8%
Welsh0.7%
Jamaican0.7%
West Indian0.7%
Lithuanian0.5%
Czech0.5%
Finnish0.4%
Australian0.4%
Ukrainian0.2%
Albanian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Latvian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Old Orchard Beach Almanac

CategoryValue
County York County
Standard Zip Codes4064
Phone Area Codes207
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude43.52
Approximate Longitude-70.38

Old Orchard Beach 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
Distance10 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
Distance12.4 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
Distance31.4 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
Biddeford21,341$54,589
Cape Elizabeth9,230$123,425
Dayton1,932$85,982
Saco19,008$70,805
Scarborough5,268$92,778

Old Orchard Beach Public Libraries

Libby Memorial Library
27 STAPLES STREET
Old Orchard Beach, Maine
(207) 934-4351

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Old Orchard Beach Hospitals

Milestone Foundation - Extended Care
(Non-profit)
28 Portland Avenue
(207) 934-5231

Old Orchard Beach Public Schools

Jameson Elementary School
28 Jameson Hill Road
ZIP: 4064
(207) 934-5751
Primary
Total Enrollment 236
Old Orchard Beach High School
40 E Emerson Cummings Blvd
ZIP: 4064
(207) 934-4461
High
Total Enrollment 257
Loranger Middle School
148 Saco Avenue
ZIP: 4064
(207) 934-4848
Middle
Total Enrollment 295
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Historic Old Orchard Beach

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Old Orchard House c1904.

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Old Orchard House c1904.

Old Orchard House 1904 (est.)

Fiske House and beach c1904.

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