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Falmouth, Maine

  •   State: 
    Cumberland County
      County FIPS: 
    43°43′46″N 70°14′31″W
      Area total: 
    36.34 sq mi (94.12 km²)
      Area land: 
    29.38 sq mi (76.09 km²)
      Area water: 
    6.96 sq mi (18.03 km²)
    102 ft (31 m)
    Incorporated November 12, 1718 Villages, Neighbourhoods, and Communities Falmouth Falmouth Foreside Blackstrap Casco Terrace Highland Lake North Falmouth Pleasant Hill West Falmouth Corner York Landing Waites Landing Mackworth Point
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Portland-South Portland, ME
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Falmouth, Cumberland County, Maine, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    423 residents per square mile of area (163.5/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Falmouth is a town in Cumberland County, Maine, United States. The population was 12,444 at the 2020 census. It is part of the PortlandSouth PortlandBiddeford, Maine metropolitan statistical area. The town is home to three private golf clubs and the Portland Yacht Club.Native Americans followed receding glaciers into Maine around 11,000 BCE. At the time of European contact in the sixteenth century, people speaking a western dialect of the Wabanaki language inhabited present-day Falmouth. A combination of warfare and disease decimated Native peoples in the years before English colonization, creating a shatter zone of devastation and political instability in what would become southern Maine. Numerous wars between 1675-1763 among the English, French, and Native Americans rarely left Falmouth unscathed from the violence. The English twice abandoned Casco Bay altogether under pressure from French and Indian attacks in 1676 and 1690. The first European resident was Arthur Mackworth, who lived on the east bank of the Presumpscot River as early as 1630. When the Massachusetts Bay Colony took political control of Maine in 1658 from the heirs of Sir Ferdinando Gorges, they renamed the area Falmouth after an important Parliamentary victory in the English Civil War. It was the 7th town in the recently formed Province of Maine, later being formally incorporated on November 12, 1718. Todays town was known as New Casco, and was only a neighborhood within the larger collection of communities around CascoBay centered in what is downtown Portland.


Falmouth is the primary city name, but also Portland are acceptable city names or spellings, Falmouth Foreside on the other hand no longer accepted or obsolete and are no longer used as a designation. The official name is Falmouth, Maine. Falmouth was the 7th town in the recently formed Province of Maine, later being formally incorporated on November 12, 1718. At the time of European contact in the sixteenth century, people speaking a western dialect of the Wabanaki language inhabited present-day Falmouth. The first European resident was Arthur Mackworth, who lived on the east bank of the Presumpscot River as early as 1630. Numerous wars between 1675-1763 among the English, French, and Native Americans rarely left Falmouth unscathed from the violence. French military defeat and increasing English settler migration to the area impelled most Native Americans to assimilate into European society, migrate toward the protection of New France or further up the coast where they remain today. Falmouth's original bounds encompassed the present day cities of Portland, South Portland, Westbrook and Cape Elizabeth. Todays town was known as New Casco, and was only a neighborhood within the larger collection of communities around Casco Bay centered in what is downtown Portland. When the Province of Massachusetts began in 1716, the first permanent European inhabitants to live in the area were the first families to form the "parish" of Falmouth in 1740. An Indian raid in 1745 and the murder of Job Burnal in 1751 represented the risks to colonists living so far away from Portland was only one family lived in the town in 1725. The town of Portland was formed in 1753 and is currently the largest city in the state.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.34 square miles (94.12 km²) of it is land. Located beside Casco Bay, the Gulf of Maine and Atlantic Ocean, Falmouth is drained by the Presumpscot River. It is crossed by Interstate 95 and 295, U.S. Route 1 and state routes 9, 26, 88 and 100. It borders the towns of Cumberland to the northeast, Westbrook and Portland to the southwest, and Windham to the northwest. There are two census-designated places occupying the eastern portion of the town: Falmouth CDP to the south, and Falmouth Foreside to the north. The town is located in the coastal region of the state of New Hampshire, and has a population of 2,816. It also borders the town of Wiscasset, which is home to the state's only college, the University of Maine at Orono, which has a student population of 1,716. The city's population is 2,917, and it has a land area of 29.38 sq miles (76.09 km²), of which, 6.96sq miles (18.03km²) is water. It was founded in 1788 and is one of the oldest towns in the state, with its first post-secondary school opening in 1791. It has been the site of several major battles, including the Battle of the Bulge, which took place in 1799.


As of the census of 2010, there were 11,185 people, 4,334 households, and 3,063 families residing in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 95.4% White, 0.5% African American, 0,2% Native American, 2.3% Asian, 0, 4% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3%. The median income for a household was $66,855, and the median family income was $87,304. The town's population was 47.9% male and 52.1% female. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.05. There were 4,751 housing units at an average density of 161.7 per square mile (62.4/km²) The town has a population density of 380.7 inhabitants per squaremile (147.0/ km²) and has a median age of 45.3 years. It is located on the U.S. Turnpike, which runs through the town's downtown area. It was built in the 1800s and is one of the first towns in the state to be built on the turnpike. It has a paved road that runs through it, which was built around the turn of the 20th century. It also has a bridge that runs across the town, which connects it to the New York City area.

Sites of interest

Falmouth is a town in Maine, United States. It is home to the Maine State Ballet Theatre and the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf. The town is also home to a number of other sites of interest, such as the Maine Historical Society and the Maine National Audubon Center. Falmouth is also the home of the Falmouth High School (Maine) and the Falmouth Nature Preserve.


Until June 2011, the town had a K12 school system that included four individual school buildings. A new building, Falmouth Elementary School, opened in the fall of 2011. Falmouth was named the "Top City to Live and Learn" by Forbes in 2011. The School Department is under the jurisdiction of the Falmouth School Board with participation of the Leadership Council and Superintendent of the Schools. The school department is considered well above average by Maine state standards. The town's high school is located in the town of Falmouth, Maine and has grades 912 and 914. The Falmouth High School was built in the 1970s and contains grades 911 and 912. The high school was closed in the 1990s and replaced by a new high school, which contains grades 1012 and 1013. The elementary school was built to replace Lunt School and Plummer-Motz. The new elementary school contains grades K5, replacing both Lunt school and Plmer- Motz. It was dedicated on September 17, 2011. Falmouth Middle School now contains grades 68. The middle school is also home to a high school that contains grades 812 and 813. It is the only high school in Falmouth that is not located in a coastal town. It has grades 810 and 812. It also has a middle school that is home to grades 813 and 814. It opened its doors in the summer of 2012. The High School opened in June 2013. It contains grades 712 and 713.


The privately owned, unattended Eric's Field airstrip is located between Winn Road and Longwoods Road, just south of Falmouth Country Club. Its FAA identifier is 78ME, and it was activated in 2009. Its runway (unpaved) headings are 18 and 36. Its area control center is Boston Center, while its flight service station is Bangor. The airstrip was built in the 1970s and is privately owned. It is the only privately owned airstrip in Falmouth, Massachusetts. It has no paved runways, but does have a paved taxiway. It also has an unpaved taxiway, which is used by private aircraft. The runway is also used by commercial aircraft. It was activated by the FAA in 2009, and has an FAA identifier of 78ME. The airport is located near the town of Bangor, Massachusetts, on the Massachusetts-Massachusetts border. The FAA has no plans to use the airstrip for commercial flights in the foreseeable future. It does not have any plans to build any other runways in the near future, though it does have plans to expand its taxiway in the future. The only other airstrip on the island of Massachusetts that has a paved runway is the one at Cape Cod, which also has a private airstrip, the Cape Cod Airport, which has a runway headings of 36 and 18. The nearest airport to the airport is Cape Cod and the nearest airport is the airport at Falmouth Airport, about 20 miles away.

Popular culture

Falmouth has been featured in several short stories and novels by author Stephen King, including "One for the Road", "Jerusalem's Lot", and most notably in 'Salem's Lot. Falmouth is also featured in the TV series "Falmouth", which is based on King's novel of the same name. The town has also been the subject of several books by King himself, including "One For The Road" and "Jerusalem’s Lot" Falmouth was also the setting for the film "Salem’S Lot", which was based on the King novel "Jer Jerusalem's Lot" The town is featured in a number of books by Stephen King as well, including the novel "The Longmire" and "One For the Road" It has also appeared in several other novels by King, such as "The Outsider" and  "The Dark Knight Rises", as well as "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", and "The Darkest Hour", among many others. The name of the town is derived from the name of King's fictional town of Falmouth, England. The village is also used in the film and TV series, "The Mothman Prophecies", and the book "The Last Dragon”. It is also the inspiration for the TV show "The Hobbit’ and “The Lord of the Rings’” “The Hobbit,” and the film “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Falmouth, Cumberland County, Maine = 93. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 70. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 50. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Falmouth = 2.8 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 12,444 individuals with a median age of 44.1 age the population grows by 3.50% in Falmouth, Cumberland County, Maine population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 423 residents per square mile of area (163.5/km²). There are average 2.6 people per household in the 4,020 households with an average household income of $92,742 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 5.00% of the available work force and has dropped -3.42% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 28.16%. The number of physicians in Falmouth per 100,000 population = 441.6.


The annual rainfall in Falmouth = 42.8 inches and the annual snowfall = 67.8 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 123. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 200. 80 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 17.1 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 55, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Falmouth, Cumberland County, Maine which are owned by the occupant = 78.73%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 39 years with median home cost = $351,550 and home appreciation of -3.69%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $15.24 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $7,121 per student. There are 12.1 students for each teacher in the school, 358 students for each Librarian and 290 students for each Counselor. 6.93% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 32.30% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 20.89% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Falmouth's population in Cumberland County, Maine of 1,511 residents in 1900 has increased 8,24-fold to 12,444 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 52.02% female residents and 47.98% male residents live in Falmouth, Cumberland County, Maine.

    As of 2020 in Falmouth, Cumberland County, Maine are married and the remaining 31.08% are single population.

  • 23.1 minutes is the average time that residents in Falmouth require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    83.99% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 5.91% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.40% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 7.22% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Falmouth, Cumberland County, Maine, 78.73% are owner-occupied homes, another 15.37% are rented apartments, and the remaining 5.90% are vacant.

  • The 37.22% of the population in Falmouth, Cumberland County, Maine who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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