Kennebunkport is a town located in York County, Maine. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 3,720. It is perhaps best known as the location of the summer home of former president George H. W. Bush.
The town center located along the Kennebunk River, approximately one-half mile (1 km) from the mouth of the river on the ocean. Historically a fishing village, in recent decades the town has become a popular seaside tourist destination with a small district of souvenir shops, seafood restaurants, and bed and breakfasts. Its reputation as a upscale community comes from the numerous large seaside estates along Ocean Avenue and other coastal thoroughfares. The famous "Bush Compound" is located on Walkers Point, a peninsula visible from Ocean Avenue. Just outside Kennebunkport is the Seashore Trolley Museum.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 56.9 km˛ (22.0 mi˛). 53.4 km˛ (20.6 mi˛) of it is land and 3.5 km˛ (1.4 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 6.19% water.
Tourists walking across the Kennebunk River bridge from the Kennebunkport side to the Kennebunk side
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 3,720 people, 1,615 households, and 1,091 families residing in the town. The population density is 69.7/km˛ (180.4/mi˛). There are 2,555 housing units at an average density of 47.8/km˛ (123.9/mi˛). The racial makeup of the town is 98.49% White, 0.22% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. 0.62% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 1,615 households out of which 24.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% are married couples living together, 6.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% are non-families. 27.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.30 and the average family size is 2.78.
In the town the population is spread out with 20.5% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 23.7% from 25 to 44, 32.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 46 years. For every 100 females there are 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 86.3 males.
The median income for a household in the town is $54,219, and the median income for a family is $66,505. Males have a median income of $43,125 versus $34,028 for females. The per capita income for the town is $36,707. 4.4% of the population and 1.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 4.4% of those under the age of 18 and 1.4% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
See also: Kennebunkport (CDP), Maine