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Area Description

Scarborough is Maine’s 10th largest municipality and one of the fastest growing areas in Maine, and the Scarborough Community Chamber of Commerce is pleased to support this growth. Part of the dynamic Greater Portland metro area, the Town of Scarborough is known for its quality of place to live, work, do business, vacation and play with a robust but tranquil lifestyle. Scarborough received the 2013 Google eCity Award recognizing the strongest online business community in each state. Founded in 1658, our town is now home to nearly 20,000 residents and 1,500 businesses.

Scarborough, situated on the coast seven miles southwest of Portland, is a pleasant commuter town with a thriving business community. Within Scarborough, you’ll find the Maine Audubon Nature Center and conservation lands such as the Fuller Farm, the Broadturn Farm, the Eastern Trail, and The Spurwink River Division of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. The scenic 3,100 acre Scarborough Salt Marsh is Maine’s largest salt water marsh. Our 70 square miles include some of Maine’s finest beaches and shoreline, golf courses, recreational opportunities and world-class shopping locations. Located with a I-95/Maine Turnpike exit we are only minutes from the Portland International Jetport, the Maine Mall and downtown Portland. Boston is only 90 miles to the south. Maine's first governor, William King was born here and the internationally respected artist, Winslow Homer, painted many of his best known works at Prouts Neck in Scarborough.

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Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Our coastal community offers spectacular ocean views with sandy beaches, fishing and surfing. There are many trails for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and horseback riding.

Luxury Inns, hotels, and camping are all available in Scarborough. All types of outdoor activities are very popular. Birders (Audubon Society) from around the world visit the Scarborough Saltwater Marsh.

Cultural Activities

Portland is 20 minutes away and Boston is 2 hours away from Scarborough. Easy access to the arts, symphonies, and theaters. Local fine dining to fast food is available.

During the months of June and July, enjoy our free summer concert series in the park!

Public transportation

Limited bus service to/from Portland and Maine Mall in South Portland.

Medical Facilities

Maine Medical Center is 20 minutes away in Portland. It is the largest hospital in Maine.
Mercy Hospital (Catholic Hospital) is also in Portland.


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  13.0  22.0  31.0  3.4 "  17.9 "
 Feb  17.0  26.0  35.0  3.4 "  12.9 "
 Mar  25.0  33.5  42.0  4.2 "  12.8 "
 Apr  35.0  44.0  53.0  4.3 "  2.5 "
 May  44.0  54.0  64.0  4.0 "  0.0 "
 Jun  54.0  63.5  73.0  3.8 "  0.0 "
 Jul  59.0  69.0  79.0  3.6 "  0.0 "
 Aug  58.0  68.0  78.0  3.1 "  0.0 "
 Sep  50.0  60.0  70.0  3.7 "  0.0 "
 Oct  39.0  49.0  59.0  4.9 "  0.0 "
 Nov  31.0  39.5  48.0  4.9 "  1.6 "
 Dec  20.0  28.5  37.0  4.0 "  13.0 "

Spring temperatures are cold with averages in the low 40's and highs in the low 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 30's. Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the mid 60's and highs in the mid 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the mid 50's. Fall temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 40's and highs in the upper 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 30's. Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 20's and highs in the mid 30's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 10's.

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Cost of Living for Scarborough, ME

Scarborough, Maine cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Assistance in Scarborough, ME

Scarborough, Maine offers the following assistance for seniors:

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

Project G.R.A.C.E Granting Resources and Assistance through Community Effort. Project G.R.A.C.E. is neighbors helping neighbors in Scarborough.

Maine Veteran's Home Volunteer Program, Scarborough

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