Our Town

Cape Elizabeth is an idyllic town, extending 12 miles into open ocean with craggy shores and sandy beaches, with the bonus of being less than a two hour drive from Boston.  It is located five miles southeast of Portland, Maine, which was ranked the country’s most livable city by Forbes Magazine in 2009.  For more information on Maine’s largest city, visit http://visitportland.com.  The town itself is a mix of protected open space, local farmland, state and local parkland, and residential areas.  Our newly renovated and updated Thomas Memorial Library, is nestled in town center with the schools.  Cape Elizabeth residents are among the most educated in the state of Maine, with roughly 62% holding college degrees from 4-year institutions.

Unique Characteristics

  • Home of Portland Head Light, the most photographed lighthouse in the world.
  • Edward Hopper’s painting, “Lighthouse Hill”, showing Cape Elizabeth Light at Two Lights, is the country’s most famous lighthouse painting. It is part of the collection of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Birthplace of legendary movie director John Ford.
  • Joan Benoit Samuelson, the first winner of the Women’s Olympic Marathon was raised in Cape Elizabeth and graduated from Cape Elizabeth High School. The town has honored her with a life-size bronze sculpture, by Cape Elizabeth sculptor Edward Materson, in front of Thomas Memorial Library on Scott Dyer Road.
  • The TD Beach to Beacon, the largest road race in Maine, is an internationally attended 10K held here annually in early August.
  • The largest employer in town is the Cape Elizabeth School Department.
  • The Town has more parkland and permanently dedicated open space than any other community in Cumberland County.

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