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The City of Sanford had a population of 20,925 as of July 1, 2016. Sanford ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Maine. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Sanford is located at latitude 43.4241 and longitude -70.7579 in York County. The formal boundaries for the City of Sanford (see map below) encompass a land area of 47.78 sq. miles and a water area of 0.97 sq. miles. York County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 302 feet.

The City of Sanford (GNIS ID: 582712) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The City of Sanford is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of York County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Sanford population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Sanford: Phillipstown.

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Sanford, ME Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 20,925
Population in Households 20,569
Population in Familes 15,706
Population in Group Qrtrs 356
Population Density1 438
Diversity Index2 17


Total Households 8,655
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 5,446
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 9,644 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,257 (54.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,398 (35.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 989 (10.3%)
Median Home Value $185,031
Average Home Value $207,010


Median Household Income $45,246
Average Household Income $57,317
Per Capita Income $23,991
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.1% 0.26%
Households 0.29% 0.4%
Families 0.09% 0.26%
Median Household Income   2.23%
Per Capita Income   1.72%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Sanford, ME - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sanford to the other 130 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Maine by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 7 95th
Population Density1 # 75 43rd
Diversity Index2 # 23 83rd
Median Household Income # 57 57th
Per Capita Income # 75 43rd

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