Overview

Introduction to Saco, Maine

Saco, Maine, in York county, is 14 miles SW of Portland, Maine and 85 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts.

Saco History

Saco was originally inhabited by the Sokoki tribe of Abenaki Indians. In 1630, the Plymouth Company granted the land to Richard Bonython and Thomas Lewis. It was renamed Saco in 1653. In fact, the city derived its name from an Algonquian term meaning "river mouth." The city was incorporated in 1867. The Saco Iron Works was established here in 1811.

Saco and nearby Attractions

  • York Institute Museum
  • Ferry Beach State Park
  • MacDonald's Mineral Museum
  • Funtown USA - Splashtown
  • Old Orchard Beach
  • Aquaboggin Water Park

Things To Do In Saco

While in Saco, one can visit the Cascade Water and Amusement Park, Aquaboggan Park and Funtown USA. The Saco Museum, Maine Aquarium and the York Institute Museum are all popular local recreational spots. Golf lovers can visit the Biddeford-Saco Country Club. One can also plan a trip to Ferry Beach or Old Orchard Beach.

Saco Transportation

Portland International is the nearest airport.

Saco Higher Education

The University of New England-University Campus, Saint Joseph’s College and the University of Southern Maine are all close to the city.

Demographics

People

Total Population19,342
Male Share of the Population48.1%
Female Share of the Population51.9%
Senior Citizens17%
Employed Population 16+10,979
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married49.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher36.7%
Median Earnings25+$40,760
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,208
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,453

Wealth

Median Family Income$78,879
% Above Poverty Level91.1%
% Below Poverty Level8.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone21.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,035
Median House Value$245,500

Ancestry

English18.6%
French Except Basque16.5%
Irish16.2%
Canadian14%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)13%
Italian11.4%
German9.5%
Scottish4.2%
Polish2.8%
Swedish1.6%
Greek1.3%
Norwegian1.3%
Russian1.2%
Welsh1.1%
West Indian0.8%
African0.8%
Sudanese0.7%
Jamaican0.5%
Dutch0.5%
Danishn0.5%
Albanian0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
Australian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
British0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Somali0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Saco Almanac

CategoryValue
CountyYork County
Standard Zip Codes04072
Phone Area Codes207
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude43.53
Approximate Longitude-70.45

Saco 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
Distance10.5 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
Distance17.2 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
Distance30.6 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
Biddeford21,452$61,438
Kennebunkport1,121$94,250
Old Orchard Beach8,809$67,794
Scarborough4,796$99,590

Saco Public Libraries

Dyer Library
371 MAIN STREET
Saco, Maine
(207) 283-3861

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Saco Public Schools

C K Burns School
135 Middle Street
ZIP: 4072
(207) 284-5081
Primary
Total Enrollment 593
Governor John Fairfield School
75 Beach Street
ZIP: 4072
(207) 282-1322
Primary
Total Enrollment 271
Saco Middle School
40 Buxton Road
ZIP: 4072
(207) 282-4181
Middle
Total Enrollment 623
Saco Transition Program
80 Common St Bldg 2
ZIP: 4072
(207) 286-2091
Young School
36 Tasker Street
ZIP: 4072
(207) 284-7053
Primary
Total Enrollment 317

Saco Private Schools

Florence Lombard Christian School
46 Cleveland St
ZIP: 4072
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
The School At Sweetser
50 Moody St
ZIP: 4072
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 61
Thornton Academy
438 Main St
ZIP: 4072
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1525
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