Cumberland County, Maine

Cumberland County, Maine boasts 853 square miles in the southern portion of the state of ME. Cumberland County is bordered by Androscoggin County to the north, Oxford County to the northwest, Sagadahoc County to the northeast, York County to the southwest, and the rugged coast of the Atlantic Ocean is to the east.

Established in 1760, Cumberland County is home to more than two dozen historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The U.S. Custom House in PortlandMaine and the Portland Harbor Museum are symbol of Portland's importance as a 19th century shipping center.

Today, the Port of Portland is the second-largest cruise and passenger destination in the state. The port's natural deep water and ice-free harbor is dotted with both container ships and luxury cruise ships. Cruise ship passengers and crews provide an economic stimulus to the Cumberland County region by both retail spending and job creation.

With an estimated population of 275,010 in 2007, Cumberland County, Maine is one of the state's most populous counties according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It is also one of the most affluent counties, with a median household income of $55,647.

Cumberland County includes three islands: Frye IslandLong Island and Chebeague Island. Frye Island is located in Sebago Lake. The island is accessed via a public car ferry from Raymond Neck, or by private boat. All residents of the resort town of Frye Island are seasonal residents. Long Island is a town in Cumberland County, Maine in Casco Bay that was once a part of the city of Portland. Long Island includes Vaill Island and several smaller islands. It is accessible from Portland by the Maine State Ferry Service. A mere five miles long and three miles wide, Chebeague Island is also located in Casco Bay.

Cumberland County has several popular attractions for visitors to Maine. The county is host to the Portland Sea Dogs, a minor-league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, the L.L. Bean flagship store in Freeport, Maine, and the Portland Museum of Art in Portland. Founded in 1882, the Portland Museum of Art is Maine's largest public art museum.

Portland, Maine's largest city, is the county seat of Cumberland County and center of commercial and political activity. Scenic Portland can only be reached by crossing a bridge from the northwest as the city is almost entirely surrounded by the waters of Casco Bay, Back Cove, and the Fore River. South Portland, and Westbrook are the only other cities located in Cumberland County. South Portland is situated on Portland Harbor and overlooks the skyline of Portland. Westbrook is a suburb of the larger city of Portland.

Just east of Portland begins the typical topography of the Maine coast. A series of bays, rivers, inlets and peninsulas dot the landscape. This alternating land and water topography in Cumberland County has drawn everyone from early saltwater farmers to present day tourists who enjoy fishing, boating and spectacular scenic views.

Cumberland County, Maine is accessible from I-95, also called the Maine Turnpike, I-295, and U.S. Route 1. Commercial air service is available at the Portland Jetport in downtown Portland. Concord Coach Lines bus service, which connects 15 communities in Maine, and Amtrak rail service can be found at the Portland Transportation Center.

The Maine Medical Center and Mercy Hospital in Portland, serve Cumberland County, Maine, along with the Mid Coast Hospital and Parkview Adventist Medical Center in Brunswick.

Trial courts in the State of Maine consist of state courts and county courts. Superior Courts and District Courts are considered state courts, and Probate Courts are county courts. Cumberland County Superior Court is located at 142 Federal St., Portland, ME. Cumberland County District Court – Bridgton is located at 3 Chase Common #2, Bridgton, ME and Cumberland County District Court – Portland is located at 205 Newbury Street, Portland, ME. Cumberland County Probate Court is located at 142 Federal St., Portland, Maine.