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Biddeford

As the largest city in the county, Biddeford is a fast-growing community in Maine for people under 30. The town features a bustling, historic downtown and redeveloping mills, and with its monthly ArtWalks, City Theater performances, historic Mill tours, International restaurants, scenic river walk, 

Biddeford has something to offer for everyone. It is also the home of the University of New England and the annual La Kermesse Franco-Americaine Festival.

  • Population: 21,462
  • School Ranking: 68
  • Median Household Income: $50,327
  • Median Home Value: $223,300

Buxton

Buxton is bordered on the west by the Saco River, Hollis and Dayton, on the north by Standish, on the east by Gorham and Scarborough, and on the south by Saco.  

The outer edge of the Portland metropolitan area is less than 10 miles to the east.  Once considered a “bedroom community”, Buxton has grown considerably within the last 20 years. This lovely community offers open spaces, two libraries and several parks and recreational areas for our residents as well as several small businesses.  Our residents are very community oriented and the Town has many activities geared toward children and families.

  • Population: 8,310
  • School Ranking: 83
  • Median Household Income: $72,439
  • Median Home Value: $231,600

Cape Elizabeth

Cape Elizabeth is a quiet town near Portland that hugs the shore of Casco Bay.  It is an affluent area filled with rich history and striking scenery, 

Cape Elizabeth is admired for its rolling hills and Colonial-style homes. It is also recognized for its commitment to the preservation of open space and abundance of trails: its Greenbelt Plan has become an integral component of the community's character. For visitors, it’s also a place of history and lighthouses, great cycling and shoreside parks.

  • Population: 9,313
  • School Ranking: 3
  • Median Household Income: $111,884
  • Median Home Value: $408,800

Cumberland

Cumberland is just north of Portland and it prides itself on being community-oriented. It has been recognized as one of the most desirable places to live and raise a family as well as being nationally ranked as one of the safest and smartest communities. 

In the summertime, residents are able to enjoy an outdoor concert series from local musicians on the front lawn of Greely High School, walk/run/bike on town trails, swim/explore/paddle around the coast line at Broad Cove Reserve, or play tennis/golf at Val Halla Recreation Center. In the winter residents can snowshoe, cross country ski, or skate at the town’s various recreational facilities.

  • Population: 7,298
  • School Ranking: 4
  • Median Household Income: $102,778
  • Median Home Value: $315,500

Falmouth

Falmouth is a dynamic and thriving community committed to serving the citizens. Located just north of Portland on the coast of Maine and is one of the most beautiful areas in the state. 

The town's K-12 schools are some of the best in Maine, and its high school is consistently ranked as one of the very best public schools in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

  • Population: 12,220
  • School Ranking: 2
  • Median Household Income: $119,679
  • Median Home Value: $430,000

Gorham

The quaint college town of Gorham is approximately 9 miles outside of Portland. 

It is the home of University of Southern Maine, and as with many college towns, the school enhances the intellectual and cultural life of the community. From coffee shop discussions to gallery openings, the influence of the university is felt throughout the town.

  • Population: 18,222
  • School Ranking: 18
  • Median Household Income: $78,251
  • Median Home Value: $261,600

Old Orchard Beach

Old Orchard Beach, also known as OOB, is a classic Maine getaway town. It has one of the last remaining oceanfront amusement parks in the country complete with a pier and an old-fashioned carousel, rides and fair food. 

Living in Old Orchard Beach offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Old Orchard Beach there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops and the public schools in Old Orchard Beach are above average.

  • Population: 9,125
  • School Ranking: 41
  • Median Household Income: $50,246
  • Median Home Value: $208,200

Portland

At first glance at Portland, you will see a historic seacoast town with a working waterfront representing Maine’s roots in a robust fishing community. But take a second look and you will also find a diverse, creative, beautiful city, offering something for almost everyone. Portland has frequently been listed as one of America’s top cities to live, work, play and visit.

Portland is is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own distinct flavor and charm. Whether you want to be part of an active urban environment or be part of small residential neighborhoods, Portland boasts lifestyles that appeal to all.

  • Population: 65,835
  • School Ranking: 24
  • Median Household Income: $37,605
  • Median Home Value: $305,789

Saco

Just 25 minutes south of Portland and just a few minutes from the colorful tourist destination of Old Orchard Beach, Saco is a family friendly town with a ton of community pride. Saco's strength comes in part from one of the town's true treasures, Thornton Academy. This private/public hybrid is the largest high school in the state of Maine. The school offers free day school for town residents, while welcoming private boarding school students from all across the country and the world. 

In addition, Saco also has a number of beautiful places to visit with your family, and friends. From water parks to gorgeous state parks nestled on the sandy coast of the Atlantic Ocean, Saco is an excellent place to live year round in order to get a front row seat to summer fun.

  • Population: 20,259
  • School Ranking: 12
  • Median Household Income: $68,271
  • Median Home Value: $245,500

Scaborough

Scarborough is one of the fastest growing communities in Maine and in the Greater Portland region, but it feels a thousand miles away from city life. 

With long sandy beaches and acres of marshland as the primary features of this seaside community, it's close enough to easily access all there is to do in Portland, you will find that everything you need for the perfect home town is right here. This is a premier community for families and businesses, as well as a destination for outdoors enthusiasts.

  • Population: 22,215
  • School Ranking: 8
  • Median Household Income: $95,000
  • Median Home Value: $360,000

South Portland

Overlooking nearby Portland Harbor, South Portland is known for landmarks like Bug Light Park, with an 1875 lighthouse, and the still-functioning Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse. 

A commercial hub, it’s also home to the huge Maine Mall and outdoor shopping complexes. The mellow Willard Beach is popular for swimming, and the extensive Greenbelt Walkway trail offers views of the waterfront.

  • Population: 25,364
  • School Ranking: 44
  • Median Household Income: $66,030
  • Median Home Value: $247,900

Windham

Windham is a vibrant, growing community located 10 miles northwest of Portland. It is the gateway to the Sebago Lakes Region, with a unique mixture of recreational areas, shopping, dining, and services. Windham is a great place to live, it provides variety, safety, and many opportunities.

  • Population: 6,131
  • School Ranking: 49
  • Median Household Income: $76,239
  • Median Home Value: $236,900

Yarmouth

The two most obvious reasons people are attracted to Yarmouth are its lovely village district and its excellent schools. Beyond cosmetic and academic distinctions, people who move to Yarmouth discover neighbors generous with their time, talent, and treasure. 

Yarmouth’s motto is “Our Latchstring Always Out,” meaning that people are always welcome and locals are willing to help.

  • Population: 8,639
  • School Ranking: 5
  • Median Household Income: $81,731`
  • Median Home Value: $357,900

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