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Overview

Introduction to Waterville, Maine

Waterville, Maine, in Kennebec county, is 69 miles NE of Portland, Maine and 167 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts.

Waterville History

The area was formerly occupied by the Canibas tribe of Abenaki Indians. It was named Taconnet in honor of Chief Taconnet. Waterville was incorporated as a town in 1802, when the residents on the west of Kennebec found crossing the river for attending town meetings dangerous. Waterville was reincorporated as a city in 1888.

Waterville and nearby Attractions

  • Waterville Historical Society Museum
  • Lake Saint George State Park
  • Waterville Opera House
  • Colby College Museum of Art

Things To Do In Waterville

Tourists can visit the Maine State Museum or the Waterville Historical Society Museum while in the city. Lake Saint George State Park is spread over more than 350 acres and comes with a swimming area and camping facilities. Great shows are performed at the Waterville Opera House. Colby College Museum of Art is also worth visiting. The city hosts festivals like the Maine International Film Festival and the Harvest Fest every year.

Waterville Transportation

Bangor International Airport is close by.

Waterville Higher Education

Colby College and Thomas College are located in Waterville. Other higher education institutes near the city include the University of Maine at Augusta, University of Maine at Farmington and University of Southern Maine.

People

Total Population 15,989
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 17.2%
Employed Population 16+ 6,350
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 34.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $53,198
% Above Poverty Level 79.4%
% Below Poverty Level 20.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 14%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 40.6%
Median Gross Rent $602
Median House Value $124,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.8%
US/American 0.2%
English 16.1%
Irish 20.4%

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

Waterville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 69 miles NE of Portland, Maine (center to center)
Nearest Large City 167 miles NE of Boston, Massachusetts
County Kennebec
Standard Zip Codes 04901
P.O. Box Zip Codes 04903
Phone Area Codes 207
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.551
Longitude -69.632

Waterville 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 WATERVILLE TREATMENT PLT
Distance 1.6 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 28 F
Apr Temp 31 to 53 F
Jul Temp 57 to 81 F
Oct Temp 35 to 59 F
Annual Precip 41.6 inches
Station AUGUSTA AP
Distance 18.3 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 29 F
Apr Temp 34 to 53 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 39 to 58 F
Annual Precip 42.3 inches
Station MADISON
Distance 21.1 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 26 F
Apr Temp 31 to 51 F
Jul Temp 56 to 79 F
Oct Temp 36 to 56 F
Annual Precip 39.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Benton 2,689 $50,298
China 4,287 $52,475
Fairfield 3,105 $45,870
Oakland 2,448 $71,250
Vassalboro 4,311 $55,000
Winslow 7,661 $60,820

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

Waterville Public Libraries

Library
Waterville Public Library
73 ELM STREET
Waterville, Maine
(207) 872-5433

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Waterville Hospitals

INLAND HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
200 KENNEDY MEMORIAL DRIVE
(207) 861-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

MAINE GENERAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
149 NORTH STREET
(207) 872-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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WATERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
1 BROOKLYN AVENUE
207-873-2751
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 635 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

MID-MAINE TECHNICAL CENTER
ONE BROOKLYN AVENUE
207-873-0102
A Vocational School

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