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Overview

Introduction to South Berwick, Maine

South Berwick, Maine, in York county, is 34 miles NE of Haverhill, Massachusetts and 61 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is conveniently located inside the Portsmouth-Rochester metropolitan area.

South Berwick History

The Abenaki Indians, who were the original inhabitants of South Berwick, named the area Newichawannock. The area was first settled in by European in 1631. Ambrose Gibbons established the first trading post in this area, while the first sawmill of the area was constructed in 1651. The town was renamed Abenaki in 1703. It was incorporated in 1713 and adopted its present name.

South Berwick and nearby Attractions

  • Sarah Orne Jewett House
  • Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park
  • Counting House Museum
  • Hamilton House
  • Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
  • Seacoast Science Center

Things To Do In South Berwick

One can visit the Spring Hill Recreation Area and the Vaughan Woods State Park while in South Berwick. The Sarah Orne Jewett House is also worth visiting. Visitors can also plan a trip to the Seashore Trolley Museum, the Children's Museum of Portsmouth, the Wallis Sands State Park, the North Hampton State Park and the John Paul Jones State Historic Site. The town also hosts the Strawberry Festival every year.

South Berwick Transportation

Pease International is the nearest major airport.

South Berwick Higher Education

Residents of South Berwick can pursue higher education at the University of New Hampshire, Northern Essex Community College and the University of New England-University Campus.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,332
Male Share of the Population45.1%
Female Share of the Population54.9%
Senior Citizens11.3%
Employed Population 16+4,190
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married56.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher45.9%
Median Earnings25+$39,169
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,250
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,750

Wealth

Median Family Income$98,929
% Above Poverty Level94.7%
% Below Poverty Level5.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.8%
% Using Public Transportation2.1%

Housing

People Living Alone25.1%
Median Gross Rent$865
Median House Value$259,400

Ancestry

English23.8%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)16.3%
Irish16.1%
French Except Basque15%
German9.3%
Canadian7.7%
Scottish7.7%
Italian5.1%
Portuguese4.1%
Polish3.3%
Swedish3.1%
Czech2.1%
Dutch1.7%
Norwegian1.6%
Welsh1.5%
Romanian1.1%
Lithuanian1%
Russian0.8%
Brazilian0.6%
Danishn0.4%
Arab0.4%
Greek0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
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South Berwick Almanac

CategoryValue
County York County
Standard Zip Codes3908
Phone Area Codes207
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude43.23
Approximate Longitude-70.81

South Berwick Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationDURHAM
Distance9.2 miles
Jan Temp13 to 33 F
Apr Temp34 to 58 F
Jul Temp58 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip42.8 inches
StationSANFORD 2 NNW
Distance16.1 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
StationKENNEBUNKPORT
Distance19 miles
Jan Temp11 to 32 F
Apr Temp32 to 52 F
Jul Temp57 to 76 F
Oct Temp36 to 58 F
Annual Precip47 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Berwick2,329$80,000
Eliot6,318$87,892
Kittery4,704$69,917
North Berwick1,764$74,667
Ogunquit1,189$73,281
York12,777$90,529

South Berwick Public Libraries

South Berwick Public Library
27 YOUNG STREET
South Berwick, Maine
(207) 384-3308

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South Berwick Public Schools

Central School
197 Main Street
ZIP: 3908
(207) 384-2333
Primary
Total Enrollment 390
Marshwood Great Works School
49 Academy Street
ZIP: 3908
(207) 384-4010
Middle
Total Enrollment 333
Marshwood High School
260 Route 236
ZIP: 3908
(207) 384-4500
High
Total Enrollment 759

South Berwick Private Schools

Berwick Academy
31 Academy St
ZIP: 3908
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 579
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