About the community


10,041 people live in CAPE ELIZABETH, where the median age is 47.5 and the average individual income is $59,958.28. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

47.5 years

Median Age


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Welcome to Cape Elizabeth

A small beachside town immersed in maritime history


Cape Elizabeth is a small, coastal town in the Portland, Maine metropolitan area. Cape Elizabeth is a suburban city in the southern part of Portland. It is a rural bubble, dominated by picturesque beach houses and single-family homes. Cape Elizabeth is home to scenic Fort Williams State Park, the picturesque Portland Head Light, and miles of coastal waterfront. Cape Elizabeth is well-known as a prime area for tourism and year-round living, offering public beaches and an excellent school system. Cape Elizabeth also hosts many charming multi-acre inland homes, some of which reside on working farms and coastal homesteads. Located just across the bridge from the city of Portland and all its amenities!

Cape Elizabeth embraces a calmer view of life. Although Portland Headlight is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world. The Portland Headlight was commissioned by George Washington in 1787 as the first lighthouse in the United States. At Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth you can also view Casco Bay and the two lighthouses for which the park is named. At Crescent Beach State Park, you can go swimming, boating, or fishing. It is a popular spot for families because the crescent of the mile-long beach keeps big waves at bay. Kettle Cove is another popular small beach for residents and of course a stop at Kettle Cove creamery is a must.


What to Love

  • Picturesque lighthouses 
  • The coast of Maine
  • Relaxed atmosphere with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors

Local Lifestyle

Residents of Cape Elizabeth love to keep their small neighborhoods relatively unchanged due to the surrounding natural beauty. During the summer, locals enjoy the crystal clear, blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The perfect weather makes outdoor events, such as shows and concerts, a common and popular activity. Cape Elizabeth is home to picture-perfect lighthouses, several of which offer tours. It is an opportunity for a family-friendly outing and learning about the maritime history of Maine. Hiking, mountain biking, and boating spots are numerous in some of the lowlands areas, and they provide areas where people can gather, mingle, and enjoy the summer weather. 



Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

Due to the ocean access, locally caught seafood is very common in Cape Elizabeth. The Lobster Shack has an authentic seaside experience with world-famous Maine lobster, freshly caught. The Well at Jordan’s Farm has countryside dining. It is a small, family-run restaurant that only uses locally sourced ingredients. The Kettle Cove Creamery is a local staple with handmade ice cream. The C Salt is a maritime-themed cafe with coffee and breakfast. They sell local goods as well. 

Cape Elizabeth shares many of the same shopping areas with neighboring towns, especially Portland and South Portland which are minutes away. Ocean House Road is where you will find local shops and restaurants that you can’t find anywhere else but in Cape Elizabeth. The Maine Mall is the largest mall close to Cape Elizabeth with name-brand stores such as Pink and Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry. 

Cape Elizabeth’s entertainment is defined by Portland and South Portland as well. It is a quick and easy drive to catch a production, listen to a concert, or view an art show. With the large arts community in the area, there is no shortage of family-friendly fun while learning about the historic traditions and history of the area. 



Things to Do

With the wide-open spaces of Cape Elizabeth, there is no shortage of things to do, with options for some fun and quick after work, or for a long weekend. Many activities revolve around enjoying the great outdoors, with amazing hiking and sightseeing. A visit to Fort Williams or Two Lights State Park are opportunities to soak in some history while being outside. They are similar parks that showcase and educate about the history of Maine’s rocky shoreline. At the idyllic lighthouses, children and adults learn about maritime history from several decades ago. The Beach to Beacon 10K, is a community-focused road race traversing through the Cape Elizabeth region. The Strawberry Festival is a highlight on the local calendar for the arts and crafts community and one where the success is due to the volunteers and the people in the community.   


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Demographics and Employment Data for CAPE ELIZABETH, ME

CAPE ELIZABETH has 4,077 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in CAPE ELIZABETH do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 10,041 people call CAPE ELIZABETH home. The population density is 670.5 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

46.54 / 53.46%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group


0-9 Years


10-17 Years


18-24 Years


25-64 Years


65-74 Years


75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes


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The following schools are within or nearby CAPE ELIZABETH. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
School rating
9th - 12th
Cape Elizabeth Middle School
5th - 8th
K - 4th
4th - 12th
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