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Cumberland is a town in Cumberland Countymarker, Mainemarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 7,159 at the 2000 census. It is part of the PortlandmarkerSouth PortlandmarkerBiddefordmarker, Maine Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Cumberland, Maine, was once part of North Yarmouthmarker, but in 1821 it was incorporated into its own town. The town was officially named by Ephraim Sturdivant when the new town government elected him to do the task.

The Cumberland Fair, one of the state's larger agricultural fairs, has been held yearly in Cumberland at the end of September since 1868. The Portland suburb has a rich farming history, and a number of working farms remain, such as Sweetser's Apple Barrel & Orchards, Spring Brook Farms, and Double T Orchards.

Notable people


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 46.4 square miles (120.1 km²), of which, 26.1 square miles (67.5 km²) of it is land and 20.3 square miles (52.6 km²) of it (43.78%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 7,159 people, 2,548 households, and 2,046 families residing in the town. The population density was 274.6 people per square mile (106.0/km²). There were 2,945 housing units at an average density of 112.9/sq mi (43.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.76% White, 0.14% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.66% of the population.

There were 2,548 households out of which 42.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.0% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.7% were non-families. 15.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the town the population was spread out with 30.4% under the age of 18, 3.6% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $67,556, and the median income for a family was $76,571. Males had a median income of $49,538 versus $37,367 for females. The per capita income for the town was $33,644. About 2.4% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.8% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.

School system

The school system that serves Cumberland is known as Maine School Administrative District 51marker or MSAD 51. There are 5 schools in the district, which also serves North Yarmouthmarker, Mainemarker, including the Mabel I. Wilson School, North Yarmouth Memorial Schoolmarker, Drowne Road Schoolmarker, Greely Middle Schoolmarker, and the Greely High Schoolmarker.


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