Biddeford with a population of 22,000 persons is Maine’s 6th largest City. Located along the I-95 corridor, the City is conveniently situated some 15 miles south of Portland and 90 miles north of Boston.
Settled in the early 1600’s, Biddeford and its sister City of Saco, have a long and rich history as the commercial center of York County. Once a textile center of world prominence, Biddeford’s economy today is a diverse mix of manufacturing, technology, and serviced-based companies and institutions many of whom conduct business in the City’s business and industrial parks. Anchoring the City’s economic base are two of Maine’s truly dynamic institutions: the award-winning Southern Maine Medical Center and the University of New England – both of whom are experiencing impressive growth.
In terms of natural features, Biddeford’s 30 square miles of land area is as astoundingly beautiful as it is richly diverse!
The downtown area is urban in its density and fabric with numerous historic commercial buildings, churches, textile mills, and homes.
Just a few miles to the east of the City center lies a magnificent coastline with long stretches of sandy beaches framed by rocky promontories. Along the coast are such gems as historic Wood Island Lighthouse and the Rachel Carson U.S. Wildlife Preserve.
To the west of the Maine Turnpike are rolling hills and pastures with traditional New England farmhouses and horse farms which capture life from a by-gone era.
And, let’s not forget the beautiful Saco River which has its origins in the New Hampshire Mountains as it meanders along a largely unspoiled Biddeford shorefront for a distance of 14 miles where it meets the sea at Hills Beach-Camp Ellis.
The quality of life for Biddeford residents is further enhanced by the availability of an outstanding array of community facilities including a modern regional hospital, schools and colleges, library and cultural facilities, and numerous parks and recreational facilities which appeal to all interests.
205 Main Street
Biddeford, ME 04005
Biddeford Public Schools
University of New England
University of Southern Maine
Boating & Fishing
Marblehead Boat Launch
The City has nine parks which offer a full range of recreational facilities including playgrounds, ball fields, tennis courts, hiking trails, etc. Rotary Park, a 75 acre park along the Saco River, also has a public beach for swimming and boat launch facility, which allows boaters to access the upper Saco River. Clifford Park, a 30 acre forested tract just off Rte 9, has nature trails and serves as a wonderful “in-town” park for passive recreational activities.
Biddeford is blessed with magnificent natural areas particularly along the coast which offer outstanding opportunities for hiking and/or bird watching. Particularly noteworthy is the Audubon conservancy at Biddeford Pool and the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Preserve in the Granite Point area of the City.
SOUTHERN MAINE MEDICAL CENTER
Biddeford Free Clinic
Catholic Charities – 11 Adams Street, Biddeford – 775-5671
York County Community Action Corporation – 2 Stone Street, Biddeford – 284-9856
Human Services Department – 208 Graham Street, Biddeford – 286-2400
Goodwill Industries – 420 Alfred Street, Biddeford – 282-1998