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Overview

Introduction to Sanford, Maine

Sanford, Maine, in York county, is 30 miles SW of Portland, Maine and 76 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts.

Sanford History

The area now known as the Town of Sanford was purchased by Major William Phillips in 1661 from Fluellin, an Abenaki chief. It was first known as Phillipstown. The area was permanently settled in 1739. The town was officially incorporated in 1768. It was named in the honor of Peleg Sanford, the then governor of Rhode Island. The Portland and Rochester Railroad originally served the area. It became a major textile manufacturing center after the Civil War.

Sanford and nearby Attractions

  • McDougal Orchards Ski Trails
  • Wells Beach
  • Moody Beach
  • Sarah Orne Jewett House
  • Seashore Trolley Museum
  • Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

Things To Do In Sanford

There are several parks and playgrounds at Sanford, including the Downtown Center Park, Carpentier Park, Gowen Park, Goodall Park and Benton Playground. The town also offers easy access to the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, the Wentworth State Park and the Vaughan Woods State Park. One can enjoy shopping at the Mid-Town Mall Shopping Center.

Sanford Transportation

Pease International Airport is nearby.

Sanford Higher Education

The University of New England-University Campus, Saint Joseph’s College and the University of New Hampshire-Main Campus are the nearest universities.

People

Total Population 20,864
Male Share of the Population 46.6%
Female Share of the Population 53.4%
Senior Citizens 17%
Employed Population 16+ 9,318
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 46.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.4%
Median Earnings25+ $30,793
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,589
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,611

Wealth

Median Family Income $58,911
% Above Poverty Level 81.9%
% Below Poverty Level 18.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 5.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.6%
Median Gross Rent $789
Median House Value $166,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14%
US/American 0.5%
English 18.9%
Irish 17%

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

Sanford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles SW of Portland, Maine (center to center)
Nearest Large City 76 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County York
Standard Zip Codes 04073
Phone Area Codes 207
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.439
Longitude -70.774

Sanford 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 SANFORD 2 NNW
Distance 2 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 32 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 61 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Station KENNEBUNKPORT
Distance 16.7 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 32 F
Apr Temp 32 to 52 F
Jul Temp 57 to 76 F
Oct Temp 36 to 58 F
Annual Precip 47 inches
Station DURHAM
Distance 21.9 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 33 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Acton 2,522 $63,063
Alfred 658 $75,089
Lebanon 6,094 $65,000
Lyman 4,375 $73,833
Shapleigh 2,679 $60,268
Waterboro 7,756 $69,038

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

Sanford Public Libraries

Library
Sanford - Goodall Memorial Library
952 MAIN STREET
Sanford, Maine
(207) 324-4714

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Sanford Hospitals

HENRIETTA D GOODALL HOSPITAL
(Government - Local)
25 JUNE ST
(207) 324-4310
Emergency Service: Yes

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SANFORD HIGH SCHOOL
52 SANFORD HIGH SCHOOL BLVD
207-324-4050
Serves 1,267 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

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52 SANFORD HIGH SCHOOL BLVD
207-324-2942
A Vocational School

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