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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population4,876
Male Share of the Population47.6%
Female Share of the Population52.4%
Senior Citizens21.7%
Employed Population 16+2,314
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married54.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher50.9%
Median Earnings25+$46,274
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$45,429
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,955

Wealth

Median Family Income$88,355
% Above Poverty Level88.3%
% Below Poverty Level11.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home6.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.4%
% Using Public Transportation2%

Housing

People Living Alone31.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,322
Median House Value$290,000

Ancestry

Irish20.4%
English16.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)15.8%
Italian13.2%
German8.2%
Canadian7.4%
French Except Basque7%
Polish5.8%
Scottish5.2%
African3.5%
Russian3%
Dutch1.5%
Swedish1.4%
Lithuanian1%
Norwegian0.6%
Greek0.5%
Danishn0.5%
Arab0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Finnish0.2%
Welsh0.2%
British0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
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Scarborough Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cumberland County
Standard Zip Codes4074
P.O. Box Zip Codes4070
Phone Area Codes207
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude43.59
Approximate Longitude-70.33

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Old Orchard Beach8,745$62,000
Portland66,715$76,615
Saco19,127$73,117
South Portland25,431$73,237
Westbrook18,156$72,047

Scarborough Public Libraries

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

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Scarborough Public Schools

Blue Point School
174 Pine Point Road
ZIP: 4074
(207) 730-5300
Primary
Total Enrollment 223
Eight Corners Elementary School
22 Mussey Road
ZIP: 4074
(207) 730-5200
Primary
Total Enrollment 221
Pleasant Hill School
143 Highland Avenue
ZIP: 4074
(207) 730-5250
Primary
Total Enrollment 173
Scarborough High School
11 Municipal Drive
ZIP: 4074
(207) 730-5000
High
Total Enrollment 998
Scarborough Middle School
21 Quentin Drive
ZIP: 4074
(207) 730-4800
Middle
Total Enrollment 799
Wentworth School
9 Wentworth Drive
ZIP: 4074
(207) 730-4600
Primary
Total Enrollment 697

Scarborough Private Schools

Cornerstone Baptist Academy
415 Us Route 1
ZIP: 4074
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 30
Morrison Center
60 Chamberlain Rd
ZIP: 4074
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 12
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