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Overview

Introduction to Wells, Maine

Wells, Maine, in York county, is 28 miles SW of Portland, Maine and 70 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts.

Wells History

The area was named Webhannet by the Abenaki Indians, meaning "at the clear stream." Wells was incorporated in 1653 and was named after Wells, England. It was the third town in Maine to be incorporated. Wells was previously the northeastern frontier of the English settlement. The area witnessed the development of shipbuilding and fishery industries apart from being a farming community.

Wells and nearby Attractions

  • Wells Corner Shopping Center
  • Wells Beach
  • The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Seashore Trolley Museum

Things To Do In Wells

Shopping destinations in Wells include the Wells Shopping Plaza and the Wells Corner Shopping Center. Tourists can even check out Moody Beach and Wells Beach. The Brick Store Museum and Seashore Trolley Museum are fascinating sites to visit. The Wells Harbor Community Park makes a perfect setting for memorable occasions.

Wells Transportation

Portland International is the nearest major airport.

Wells Higher Education

York County Technical College is in Wells. There are several other colleges and universities that can be attended from Wells, including the University of New England-University Campus the University of New Hampshire, Saint Joseph’s College and Northern Essex Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population9,974
Male Share of the Population48.6%
Female Share of the Population51.4%
Senior Citizens27.6%
Employed Population 16+4,172
Age of the Population53

Families

% of people married56.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher35.8%
Median Earnings25+$33,053
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$30,764
Median Earnings With High School Degree$19,677

Wealth

Median Family Income$74,730
% Above Poverty Level96.2%
% Below Poverty Level3.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home5.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.3%
% Using Public Transportation0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone29.3%
Median Gross Rent$901
Median House Value$285,400

Ancestry

English22.2%
Irish19.6%
French Except Basque12.9%
Canadian10%
German9.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)9.1%
Italian8.8%
Scottish5.8%
Polish3.2%
Russian3.2%
Swedish2.7%
Portuguese1.5%
Norwegian1.3%
Welsh1.2%
Dutch0.9%
West Indian0.7%
Jamaican0.5%
Lithuanian0.5%
Austrian0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
Swiss0.3%
US/American0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Romanian0.1%
Bermudan0.1%
Greek0.1%
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Wells Almanac

CategoryValue
County York County
Standard Zip Codes4090
Phone Area Codes207
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude43.32
Approximate Longitude-70.58

Wells Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationKENNEBUNKPORT
Distance6.1 miles
Jan Temp11 to 32 F
Apr Temp32 to 52 F
Jul Temp57 to 76 F
Oct Temp36 to 58 F
Annual Precip47 inches
StationDURHAM
Distance22.1 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
StationEPPING
Distance32.2 miles
Jan Temp13 to 33 F
Apr Temp34 to 57 F
Jul Temp58 to 83 F
Oct Temp37 to 61 F
Annual Precip44.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Arundel4,160$79,300
Dayton1,932$85,982
Kennebunk5,579$89,511
Kennebunkport1,089$116,250
North Berwick1,764$74,667
Ogunquit1,189$73,281

Wells Public Libraries

Wells Public Library
1434 POST ROAD
Wells, Maine
(207) 646-8181

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Wells Public Schools

Wells Elementary School
276 Sanford Rd
ZIP: 4090
(207) 646-5953
Primary
Total Enrollment 445
Wells High School
200 Sanford Rd
ZIP: 4090
(207) 646-7011
High
Total Enrollment 446
Wells Junior High School
1470 Post Rd
ZIP: 4090
(207) 646-5142
Middle
Total Enrollment 413
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