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Naples, Maine
Naples from the air, with the Songo River Queen II on Long Lake and the newly-constructed causeway connecting Brandy Pond
Naples from the air, with the Songo River Queen II on Long Lake and the newly-constructed causeway connecting Brandy Pond
"The Heart of the Lakes Region"
"Welcome to Vacationland"
Location in Cumberland County and the state of Maine.
Location in Cumberland County and the state of Maine.
Country United States
State Maine
County Cumberland
Villages Naples
Edes Falls
South Naples
 • Total 37.25 sq mi (96.48 km2)
 • Land 31.82 sq mi (82.41 km2)
 • Water 5.43 sq mi (14.06 km2)
315 ft (96 m)
 • Total 3,925
 • Density 123/sq mi (47.6/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-48085
GNIS feature ID 0582613
Website Town of Naples, Maine

Naples is a town in Cumberland County, Maine, United States. It is part of the PortlandSouth PortlandBiddeford, Maine metropolitan statistical area. The population was 3,925 at the 2020 census, and it is home to part of Sebago Lake State Park. Naples is a resort area.


The area was settled in 1790. Farming was limited by the soil, which consisted of gravelly loam, its surface strewn with glacial erratic boulders. The uplands, however, provided good grazing for livestock, and hay became the principal crop.

Named for Naples, Italy, the town was incorporated on March 4, 1834, from parts of Otisfield, Harrison, Raymond and Bridgton. Between 1845 and 1856, it annexed more land from Sebago, Otisfield and Bridgton. The Songo Lock, completed two years before town incorporation, linked Long Lake and Brandy Pond with Sebago Lake, allowing passage of boats from Harrison to Portland through the Cumberland and Oxford Canal in Standish. A canning factory and cooperage were established at Naples village. The community also produced carriages, men's and boy's clothing, boots and shoes.

The beautiful scenery of the lakes, however, would make tourism the dominant industry. Visitors in the 19th century included Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Nathaniel Hawthorne. To accommodate his passengers, Charles L. Goodridge of the Sebago Lake, Songo River & Bay of Naples Steamship Company built a hostelry on a knoll at the southern end of Long Lake. On July 26, 1899, the Bay of Naples Inn opened with 80 bedrooms. It was designed by John Calvin Stevens, who reduced by two-fifths a plan originally created for the ill-fated Metallak Hotel in Colebrook, New Hampshire. While under construction, the Metallak was destroyed in April 1893 during a violent windstorm, and its investors abandoned the project. The Bay of Naples Inn, which faced Mount Washington and the east side of the White Mountains, was a popular resort during the early 20th century. Automobile tourists began arriving after designation of the Theodore Roosevelt International Highway in 1919 (identified as United States Route 302 since 1935). The Bay of Naples Inn remained open through the 1951 season, but in 1964 was deemed unprofitable and razed.


Trickey Pond in 2005

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 37.25 square miles (96.48 km2), of which, 31.82 square miles (82.41 km2) of it is land and 5.43 square miles (14.06 km2) is water. Naples is drained by the Songo River.

Water bodies that are adjacent to or within of Naples include:


Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 758
1850 1,025 35.2%
1860 1,219 18.9%
1870 1,058 −13.2%
1880 1,007 −4.8%
1890 846 −16.0%
1900 813 −3.9%
1910 736 −9.5%
1920 514 −30.2%
1930 641 24.7%
1940 676 5.5%
1950 747 10.5%
1960 735 −1.6%
1970 956 30.1%
1980 1,833 91.7%
1990 2,860 56.0%
2000 3,274 14.5%
2010 3,872 18.3%
2020 3,925 1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
Steamboat Leaving Bay of Naples Landing
Steamboat c. 1910

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,872 people, 1,579 households, and 1,094 families living in the town. The population density was 121.7 inhabitants per square mile (47.0/km2). There were 3,004 housing units at an average density of 94.4 per square mile (36.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.4% White, 0.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 1,579 households, of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.7% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.83.

The median age in the town was 42.9 years. 22.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.4% were from 25 to 44; 33% were from 45 to 64; and 13.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 51.2% male and 48.8% female.

Arts and culture

Site of interest

Notable people

  • Augustus Bove, state legislator with the Republican Party
  • Matthew Brill, state Republican Pary as of 2006
  • Richard Cebra, state legislator with the Maine Republican Party (2004–2012) (2016–current) and state Republican Party chairman (2012–2013)
  • Major Knight, state legislator with the Greenback Party (1880)
  • Daniel Merriam, watercolorist
  • Christine Powers, state legislator with the Maine Democratic Party (2012–2016)
  • Richard Thompson, state legislator with the Maine Democratic Party (1994–2000)
  • Wayne Warren, business owner as of 2012

See also

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