York County, Maine

York County, Maine, a 1,271-square-mile county, is located at the southern tip of ME on the New Hampshire border. York Country is bordered by Oxford CountyMaine to the north, Cumberland County, Maine to the northeast, Rockingham County, New Hampshire to the southwest, Strafford County, New Hampshire to the west, and Carroll County, New Hampshire to the northwest. York County is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east. The coastline of York County is predominantly rocky and scenic.

Established in 1636, York County was the first incorporated county in the State of Maine. The county has a strong historical tradition with roots in the 17th and 18th centuries, and many of its attractions reflect York County's Shaker history.

In 2007, 201,158 people resided in York County, Maine according to the U.S. Census Bureau. York has a diverse economy with the top employers in York County being the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, NH and Pratt & Whitney, according to the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System.

Alfred is the county seat of York County, Maine. Alfred is a rural community, located in the geographic center of York County. Alfred's historic village square boasts 48 homes on the National historic register. Alfred was originally a farming and lumbering community and these industries remain prominent to this day.

York County is a popular tourist destination for both the residents of Maine and out-of-state visitors. Seacoast towns with pristine beaches such as Ogunquit and Old Orchard draw summertime visitors who enjoy cooler Maine summers. Kennebunkport, located 16 miles east-southeast of Alfred and just 25 miles from Portland, is also a popular seaside tourist destination. Alfred is known for numerous art galleries, seafood restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and numerous large seaside estates.

Interstate 95, also known as the Maine Turnpike, Route 1 and Route 9, which runs parallel to the coast, are the major roadways servicing York County. By air, York County is serviced by the Portland Jetport in Portland.

Colleges and universities in York County, Maine include the York County Community College in Wells and the University of New England, which has campuses in both Biddeford and Portland, Maine.

The York Hospital provides health care services for southern York County. The Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford and the Goodall Hospital in Sanford also serve York County, Maine.

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. The York County Superior Court is located at 45 Kennebunk Rd., Alfred, ME. York County District Court – Biddeford is located at 25 Adams Street, Biddeford, ME 04005. York County District Court – Springvale is located at 447 Main St., Springvale, ME and York County District Court - York is located at 11 Chases Pond Rd., York, ME. York County Probate Court is located at 45 Kennebunk Road, Alfred, Maine. The County Courthouse in Alfred holds complete court records from 1636 to the present.

The immense 3,600-acre Massabesic Experimental Forest is located in both Alfred and Lyman in York County, Maine. The forest is owned and operated by the Northern Research Station, part of the USDA Forest Service. The Forest was established in the late 1930s to study the management of eastern white pine. Wells is noted for the Wells National Research Reserve a 2,250-acre parcel of protected land with seven miles of trails that span from woods to the beach. The goal of the Wells National Research Reserve is to protect and restore the coastal ecosystems around the Gulf of Maine.