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The City of Sanford had a population of 20,809 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Sanford: Phillipstown.

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Sanford, ME Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 20,809
Daytime Population: Workers 10,678
Daytime Population: Residents 10,683
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 21,361
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.03
Population in Households 20,445
Population in Familes 15,605
Population in Group Qrtrs 364
Population Density2 436
Diversity Index3 18


Median Household Income $48,686
Average Household Income $59,506
Per Capita Income $24,736


Total Housing Units 9,570 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,223 (54.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,325 (34.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,022 (10.7%)
Median Home Value $188,451
Average Home Value $208,922


Total Households 8,548
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 5,367
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.01% 0.14%
Households 0.08% 0.2%
Families -0.13% 0.06%
Median Household Income   3.53%
Per Capita Income   3.82%

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, 2017 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 Density # 75 43rd
Diversity Index # 22 84th
Median Household Income # 54 59th
Per Capita Income # 71 46th

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