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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.

People

Total Population 9,869
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 25.4%
Employed Population 16+ 4,417
Age of the Population 53

Families

% of people married 54.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $77,543
% Above Poverty Level 96%
% Below Poverty Level 4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 4.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.3%
Median Gross Rent $877
Median House Value $285,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.6%
US/American 0.3%
English 22%
Irish 17.9%

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

Wells Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 28 miles SW of Portland, Maine (center to center)
Nearest Large City 70 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County York
Standard Zip Codes 04090
Phone Area Codes 207
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.321
Longitude -70.581

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)

Station KENNEBUNKPORT
Distance 6.1 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 32 F
Apr Temp 32 to 52 F
Jul Temp 57 to 76 F
Oct Temp 36 to 58 F
Annual Precip 47 inches
Station DURHAM
Distance 22.1 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 33 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42.8 inches
Station EPPING
Distance 32.2 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 33 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 61 F
Annual Precip 44.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arundel 4,127 $78,750
Dayton 1,973 $83,571
Kennebunk 5,621 $86,402
Kennebunkport 1,078 $103,036
North Berwick 1,792 $74,333
Ogunquit 1,337 $70,375

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

Wells Public Libraries

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

WELLS HIGH SCHOOL
222 SANFORD RD PO BOX 579
207-646-7011
Serves 518 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.7

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