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Saco is the tenth-largest city in Maine with a population of a little over 20,000 people.

Welcome to Saco


About Saco, Maine

Saco, Maine is a vibrant community with a rich history and a bright future. Located in York County, Saco is the tenth-largest city in Maine with a population of a little over 20,000 people. The city is known for its beautiful beaches, charming downtown area, historic mills, and diverse economy.
Fun fact: In the 1800s Saco was home to 17 sawmills that cut logs from nearby Little Falls Plantation (now Dayton, Lyman, Hollis and part of Limington). In 1827, 21,000,000 feet (6,400,000 m) of sawn lumber was produced by these sawmills from logs floated down the Saco River.

Saco, Maine Real Estate

Saco offers a variety of housing options to suit every budget and lifestyle. From single-family homes to apartments to townhouses, there is something for everyone in Saco. Saco is divided into several different neighborhoods, each with its own unique character. Some of the most popular neighborhoods in Saco include:
  • Camp Ellis: This neighborhood is located on a peninsula overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and features a mix of single-family homes and condominiums.
  • Downtown Saco: Saco’s bustling downtown is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, and businesses. It is also home to several historic buildings, including the Saco River Mills Building and the Thornton Academy campus.
  • Ferry Beach: Just north of Camp Ellis, the larger Ferry Beach neighborhood extends along Ferry Beach, featuring a mix of cottages and single-family homes.
  • West Saco: This family-friendly area is home to a variety of schools, parks, and playgrounds.

Saco, Maine Schools

Saco is home to a strong public school system. The Saco School District consists of multiple elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. The district is known for its high academic standards and its commitment to student achievement. In the 2022-2023 school year, the Saco School District ranked in the top 25% of school districts in Maine. Saco high school students attend Thornton Academy, a semi-private, highly-rated school.

Things to do in Saco, Maine

Arts and Culture
  • Saco Museum: This museum tells the story of Saco's rich history and culture.
  • Thornton Academy Performing Arts Center: This state-of-the-art performing arts center hosts a variety of concerts, plays, and other events throughout the year.
  • Saco Bay Arts Center: This arts center offers a variety of classes and workshops for all ages.
  • Surrounding Area
Sights and Places to Visit
  • Saco River Trail: This scenic trail follows the Saco River and offers stunning views of the river and the surrounding countryside.
  • Funtown Splashtown USA: This amusement park features a variety of rides and games for all ages.
  • Aquaboggan Water Park: This water park features a variety of slides, pools, and other water attractions.
  • Saco is conveniently located near several other popular tourist destinations, including:
  • Old Orchard Beach: This popular beach town is known for its sandy beaches and its delightfully kitschy boardwalk and amusement park.
  • Biddeford: This historic city a town on the rise, with many new and amazing restaurants, breweries, and shops opening up over the last few years.
  • Portland: Maine's largest city is located just a short drive from Saco and offers a variety of attractions, including museums, restaurants, and shops.

Overview for Saco, ME

20,203 people live in Saco, where the median age is 43.1 and the average individual income is $40,927. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Saco, ME

There's plenty to do around Saco, 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 Thyme And Honey Bakery, Nibblesford, and Round Turn Distilling.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 3.93 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.47 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 2.38 miles 17 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Active 4.71 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.98 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.16 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Saco, ME

Saco has 8,631 households, with an average household size of 2.3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Saco do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 20,203 people call Saco home. The population density is 523.6 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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48.54 / 51.46%

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Schools in Saco, ME

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The following schools are within or nearby Saco. 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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