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Cape Elizabeth

Cape Elizabeth

With just a small strip of “downtown,” Cape Elizabeth has a largely residential feel.

Welcome to Cape Elizabeth


Is Cape Elizabeth, Maine a Good Place to live?

With a beautiful and varied shoreline, 113 miles of public walking trails, proximity to Portland, lovely neighborhoods, and a top-rated school system, Cape Elizabeth is one of the most sought-after locales in Maine. With just a small strip of “downtown,” one grocery store, and a handful of restaurants, Cape Elizabeth has a largely residential feel.
Fun Fact: Cape Elizabeth is home to Maine’s oldest lighthouse, Portland Head Light, which has stood guard over the rocky shores at the mouth of Casco Bay since 1791. The picturesque Portland Head Light is the most photographed lighthouse in the United States.

Cape Elizabeth, Maine Real Estate

Cape Elizabeth is home to many high-end properties, but it also has a number of more modest but still wonderful neighborhoods. Neighborhoods like Oakhurst and Shore Acres offer tree-lined streets, proximity to the water, beach access, and a mix of property types and sizes. Two Lights and the Crescent Beach area are a little more remote, with generally larger lots and more of a “beach vibe” to the neighborhoods. The areas close to Ocean Road and the high school, sometimes referred to as “Brentwood,” are generally more affordable and offer many of the same amenities that the neighborhoods close to the water offer. 
Generally, the cost of living in Cape Elizabeth is higher than the national average, with housing costs being a significant factor. However, the town's scenic beauty, exceptional schools, and tight-knit community make it a worthwhile investment for those seeking a coastal haven.
Read more about Cape Elizabeth, Maine’s Neighborhoods.

Cape Elizabeth, Maine Schools

Families moving to Cape Elizabeth can rest assured that their children's education is in good hands. The town boasts an excellent school district known for its academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and nurturing environment. Highly regarded schools such as Cape Elizabeth High School and Pond Cove Elementary School are known to provide top-tier education. The only knock on Cape Elizabeth’s schools is that some of the facilities are rather dated and in need of updating or replacement.

Things to do in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Cape Elizabeth Maine’s Best Walks
The town of Cape Elizabeth and the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust have been very active in preserving land and developing walking trails for locals and visitors alike to enjoy. Some of my personal favorites include the Great Pond Trail, Robinson Woods Preserve, and Gull Crest Trails. 
Beaches, Parks, and Coastline
One of the primary draws of Cape Elizabeth is its exquisite coastline and pristine beaches. Crescent Beach State Park and Two Lights State Park offer excellent opportunities for relaxation, picnicking, and exploring tidal pools. For a more rugged coastal experience, visit Fort Williams Park, where you can marvel at the iconic Portland Head Light and revel in the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. These natural wonders provide ample opportunities for outdoor activities, making Cape Elizabeth an outdoor enthusiast's paradise.
Purpoodock Golf Club
A private golf club, with a highly regarded 18-hole course, practice facilities, a pro shop, and private dining facilities.

Cape Elizabeth, Maine Events

Beach to Beacon 10k
Every August, locals and elite runners come together to compete in what Runner’s World magazine has dubbed one of the "Top 10 Road Races in the U.S." The race starts at Crescent Beach State Park and finishes at Fort Williams Park, with a view of Portland Head Light. The race is certified by USA Track & Field and is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

Overview for Cape Elizabeth, ME

9,445 people live in Cape Elizabeth, where the median age is 49 and the average individual income is $71,768. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Cape Elizabeth, ME

There's plenty to do around Cape Elizabeth, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Modestman Maine, Gorgeous Gelato - Fort Williams Park, and Masala Mahal.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 4.23 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.78 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.36 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.93 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.93 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.88 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Cape Elizabeth, ME

Cape Elizabeth has 3,890 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. 9,445 people call Cape Elizabeth home. The population density is 5,170.29 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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46.12 / 53.89%

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Schools in Cape Elizabeth, ME

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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.
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