About the community

Overview for SCARBOROUGH, ME

4,727 people live in SCARBOROUGH, where the median age is 57 and the average individual income is $46,436. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

57 years

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Welcome to Scarborough

Suburban beach town with amazing beach and outdoor activities


Scarborough is a large, coastal town near Portland, Maine.  Scarborough is a suburban haven with high-quality schools and access to beautiful beaches. Scarborough ranks as one of the best places to live in Maine, with great real estate opportunities and a sophisticated commercial area. The famous rocky shoreline of Maine is just minutes away, serving some of the most picturesque beaches where you can relax on summer days. 

Scarborough residents enjoy the proximity to downtown Portland and having big city amenities close to home. There are several pockets of commercial areas running along US Highway 1 which traverses through the entire town. The commercial areas include large, name-brand stores along with local shops and family-run restaurants. Scarborough attracts people from all over the New England region. They are drawn by the peaceful way of life, proximity to the city, and countless nature activities. Scarborough is a gem in the Portland area.  

The Scarborough Marsh encompasses 3,000 acres of the thriving wetlands. As the largest marsh in the state, it is not only just a great place to explore; it is also vital to Maine’s ecology. The tidal estuaries create a labyrinth of waterways which people are free to explore by either bringing a kayak or canoe of their own or renting from the Maine Audubon Society. Thousands of birds and waterfowl flock the area every day. Scarborough is also home to miles of beautiful public beaches: Scarborough Beach State Park, Higgins Beach, and Ferry Beach.



What to Love

  • Minutes from Maine rocky coast 
  • Amazing beaches white sandy beaches
  • Top-rated schools 
  • Proximity to Portland

Local Lifestyle

Residents of Scarborough enjoy local amenities, such as shopping, relaxing in the great outdoors, and visiting Downtown Portland for headlining entertainment. The summer season is the best time to enjoy the weather. When the sun shines through, locals head out to enjoy some of the best hiking trails in the United States. The trails are suitable for biking with the family or walking. History is celebrated, with many historical landmarks around the Scarborough and Portland area. The roots of maritime history in the region are unique to anywhere else along the Atlantic coast. Life in Scarborough is never boring, from surfing to kayaking, shopping and lobster, there is something for everyone.



Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

With a strong local fishing and maritime economy, seafood is a vital part of the history and traditions of Scarborough. The local restaurants put their own spin on seafood and fine dining. For casual outdoor dining, Ken’s Place is a local mainstay. They serve seafood plates and lobster rolls. The Holy Donut is a popular breakfast spot with donuts made with Maine potatoes. At  Scarborough Grounds coffee shop you can swing by for a quick early morning pick-up or sit down for some quiet studying.  O’Reilly’s Cure is a great dinner spot with an eclectic American menu

The Scarborough community shares several shopping areas with neighboring towns. However, the residents support their local businesses and love to 'shop local'. For days spent at the beach this seasonal spot is well worth the visit, Higgins beach market is situated on Spurwink Road, offering food and rinks for the beach, along with fresh lobster and beach wares. If you love the water make a visit to  Black Point Surf Shop  for gear and water sports and surfing rentals, they even have instructional classes too.

Local artists perform at the Flaherty Family Farm, an events venue hosting summertime concerts, events, and shows. Residents also enjoy the unique entertainment opportunities in Portland and South Portland. 


Things to Do

With the Scarborough backyard being the great wilds of Maine, there is no shortage of amazing natural attractions to see and do in the region. Relaxing at the beach, soaking up the summer sun, is a popular pastime. Higgins, Pine Point, and Scarborough beaches are all family-friendly beaches with white sands, rocky shores, and crystal clear blue waters.

The backcountry provides fun outdoor activities also. At the salt-water marshes, you can spot wildlife, kayak, or do some fishing. It’s also very easy to enjoy the rich history of the area. The lighthouses are a great opportunity to learn about how explorers and the sea shaped the culture of Maine. Exploring the Scarborough area will never be boring, and there is always something to see and do.


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Demographics and Employment Data for SCARBOROUGH, ME

SCARBOROUGH has 2,130 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in SCARBOROUGH do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 4,727 people call SCARBOROUGH home. The population density is 1,115.33 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

51.11 / 48.89%

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

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The following schools are within or nearby SCARBOROUGH. 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.
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Scarborough Middle School
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