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Overview

Introduction to Scarborough, Maine

Scarborough, Maine, in Cumberland county, is 6 miles SW of Portland, Maine and 92 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and that it shares the Portland metropolitan area with.

Scarborough History

The area now known as the town of Scarborough was once occupied by the Abenaki Indians. At that time, it was known as Owascoag, which means "a place of much grass." The land was granted to Captain Thomas Cammock by the Plymouth Council for New England in 1631. It was incorporated as Scarborough on July 14, 1658. The town was named after the city of Scarborough in Yorkshire, England.

Scarborough and nearby Attractions

  • Scarborough Marsh Nature Center
  • Higgins Beach
  • Scarborough Beach State Park
  • Oakhill Plaza Shopping Center
  • Scarborough Historical Society Museum
  • Two Lights State Park

Things To Do In Scarborough

The Scarborough Beach State Park is a popular tourist attraction. One can also visit Higgins Beach, Crescent Beach State Park and the Crescent Beach State Park. One can observe a number of wildlife and birds at the Scarborough Marsh Nature Center. The Oakhill Plaza Shopping Center is a great place to hang around with family and friends.

Scarborough Transportation

Portland International Airport is nearby.

Scarborough Higher Education

The University of Southern Maine, Saint Josephs College and the University of New England-University Campus are some of the nearest universities and colleges.

People

Total Population4,601
Male Share of the Population44.4%
Female Share of the Population55.6%
Senior Citizens21.5%
Employed Population 16+2,260
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married54.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher47%
Median Earnings25+$0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0

Wealth

Median Family Income$76,500
% Above Poverty Level86.4%
% Below Poverty Level13.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home4%
% Walking and Biking to Work0%
% Using Public Transportation3.2%

Housing

People Living Alone31.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,121
Median House Value$270,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)17.2%
US/American0%
English17.3%
Irish18.9%

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

Scarborough Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Medium City 6 miles SW of Portland, Maine (center to center)
Nearest Large City92 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts
CountyCumberland
Metro AreaPortland
Standard Zip Codes04074
P.O. Box Zip Codes04070
Phone Area Codes207
Time ZoneEastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude43.578
Longitude-70.322

Scarborough 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
Distance5.1 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
Distance17.4 miles
Jan Temp11 to 32 F
Apr Temp32 to 52 F
Jul Temp57 to 76 F
Oct Temp36 to 58 F
Annual Precip47 inches
StationBRUNSWICK
Distance29.6 miles
Jan Temp10 to 31 F
Apr Temp33 to 54 F
Jul Temp58 to 80 F
Oct Temp37 to 59 F
Annual Precip48 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Scarborough, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Pine Point (04074)

West Scarborough (04070)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cape Elizabeth9,157$120,034
Old Orchard Beach8,697$55,108
Portland66,490$66,831
Saco18,874$71,102
South Portland25,304$67,051
Westbrook17,754$59,219

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

Scarborough Public Libraries

Library
Scarborough Public Library
48 GORHAM ROAD
Scarborough, Maine
(207) 883-4723
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Scarborough High Schools

SCARBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL
20 GORHAM ROAD
207-883-4354
Serves 931 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

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