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Welcome to Sanford ...

Sanford is located in York County<1>.



While we don't have a date for the founding of Sanford, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1851.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Sanford has a population of 21,273 people<2> (see below for details).

Sanford is 300 feet [91 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Sanford lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Sanford lies within the (207) area code.

The ZIP code for Sanford: 04073<4>

Websites for Sanford ...

Official Website: www.sanfordmaine.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Sanford had an population of 21,273 people. This is an increase of 2.28% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 2.24% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Sanford had a population of 20,798 people (which is 10.55% of the total population of York County). This makes Sanford the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Sanford represents 1.57% of the total population of Maine (which has 1,328,361 people), making it the state's 7th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 20,798 people, the population of Sanford has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (which had a count of 20,806 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Sanford.

Communities Also Named Sanford ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 26 communities that are also named Sanford - they are located in Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida (2), Georgia (2), Kansas (3), Manitoba, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York (2), North Carolina (2), Pennsylvania, Quebec, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Sanford.

Communities near Sanford ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Sanford.

  • Dover
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dover
    • Dover is located in Strafford County (NH)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 32,443 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dover <5>
  • Rochester
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rochester
    • Rochester is located in Strafford County (NH)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 31,719 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rochester <5>
  • Biddeford
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the east)
  • Saco
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saco
    • Saco is located in York County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 20,121 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saco <5>
  • York
    (18 miles [29 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for York have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for York
    • York is located in York County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 13,329 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for York <5>
  • Somersworth
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Somersworth
    • Somersworth is located in Strafford County (NH)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,286 people
    • Former names for Somersworth:
    • Great Falls
    • Summersworth
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Somersworth <5>
  • Kennebunk
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the east)
  • Wells
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wells have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wells
    • Wells is located in York County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,819 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wells <5>
  • Buxton
    (18 miles [29 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Buxton have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buxton
    • Buxton is located in York County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,368 people
  • Waterboro
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Waterboro have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waterboro
    • Waterboro is located in York County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,007 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Waterboro <5>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Sanford. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Sanford.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Sanford. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Sanford.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Sanford. Our list includes 12 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Sanford.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Sanford ...

Looking for more information about Sanford? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Sanford, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Sanford.

Adding Sanford to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Sanford in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Sanford was in the book titled Table of U.S. Post Offices in the United States (Jan. 1851).

We also found Sanford in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Sanford.

The official website for Sanford: www.sanfordmaine.org/

The official website for York County: www.co.york.me.us/

The official website for State of Maine: https://www.maine.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Maine's counties, including York, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Sanford.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Sanford - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a community (such as Sanford). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Sanford or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.









 

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