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Kennebunkport is a town in York Countymarker, Mainemarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 3,720 at the 2000 census. It is part of the PortlandmarkerSouth PortlandmarkerBiddefordmarker Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The town center located along the Kennebunk Rivermarker, approximately from the mouth of the river on the ocean. Historically a shipbuilding and fishing village, for well over a century the town has been a popular seaside tourist destination. Kennebunkport has a small district of souvenir shops, art galleries, seafood restaurants, and bed and breakfasts. Its reputation as an upscale community comes from the numerous large seaside estates along Ocean Avenue and other coastal thoroughfares. In the summer months, many wealthy people from across the Northeast vacation in Kennebunkport and nearby Goose Rocks Beach. It is regarded as one of the most expensive vacation areas in the Northeast. During the fall, Kennebunkport is a frequent stop for tour buses showing visitors the famous New England fall colors.

Kennebunkport and neighboring Kennebunkmarker comprise Maine School Administrative District 71marker.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of , of which is land and (6.19%) is water.

The town is bordered by Biddefordmarker to the north, and Arundel and Kennebunkmarker to the west.

Famous People from Kennebunkport

Birth place of high-rise firefighting and rescue advocate, Dan Goodwin. Goodwin, who gained fame as a climber of skyscrapers, trained on the cliffs along the coast of Kennebunkport.

Summer home of the Bush family

Kennebunkport is known as the location of the summer homemarker of former U.S. president George H. W. Bush, father of former U.S. president George W. Bush. First built by Bush's grandfather George Herbert Walker, it has been a family home ever since, and has been owned by Bush since shortly after he became Vice President in the 1980s. During his presidency, Bush often invited world leaders, from Margaret Thatcher to Mikhail Gorbachev, to Kennebunkport. In 2007, his son George W. Bush invited Vladimir Putin and Nicolas Sarkozy.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,720 people, 1,615 households, and 1,091 families residing in the town. The population density was 180.4 people per square mile (69.7/km²). There were 2,555 housing units at an average density of 123.9/sq mi (47.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.49% White, 0.22% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.62% of the population.

There were 1,615 households out of which 24.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.78.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.5% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 23.7% from 25 to 44, 32.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $54,219, and the median income for a family was $66,505. Males had a median income of $43,125 versus $34,028 for females. The per capita income for the town was $36,707. About 1.7% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 1.4% of those age 65 or over.

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Image:Kennebunkport Dock Square.jpg|Downtown Kennebunkport, looking toward Dock SquareImage:Kennebunkport South Congregational Church 2004-12-03.jpg|South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, on Temple Street

Image:DSCN3987 kennebunkport e.jpg|Boats on the Kennebunk Rivermarker between the communities of Kennebunkmarker and KennebunkportImage:Kennebunkport Town Line.JPG|Kennebunkport town line signImage:Ocean Ave, K'port 1.jpg|Businesses on Ocean AvenueFile:Dock-square-1.jpg|A view of Dock SquareImage:Kennebunkport Public Library.jpg|Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library, on Maine StreetImage:Walkers-point.aug2008.jpg|Protestors on Ocean Ave, near Bush Compoundmarker

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