Town of Wells

The Community of Wells is the third oldest Town in Maine incorporated in 1653. It’s 60 square miles is centrally located in York County with an annual population of 10,000 and   seasonally 40,000 made up of second homeowners, visitors and guests what is known as the “Friendliest Town in Maine”. Wells provides central access off the Maine Turnpike at Exit 19 to  our Transportation District housing the Amtrak Downeaster stop with Station facilities and parking. Land transportation through trolley and bus service emanates from that location throughout the community. The Town’s Light Industrial zone is located directly adjacent to Exist 19 off Route 109 with major tenants as Wasco Skylights, Village Candle, UPS and Shaws Regional Warehouse Distribution Center with plenty of room to grow. The community is an hour and half from Boston, 30 minutes from Portsmouth, NH and 40 minutes from Portland, Maine. With its economy made up of Tourism and light manufacturing, Wells is home to the York County Community College providing two year degrees and industrial training programs for many industries and businesses in Southern Maine. Ecotourism is a large part of the tourism industry providing over 5400 lodging accommodations with Nationally recognized Rachel Carson Reserve Headquarters and the Laudholm Trust / Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve (Wells Reserve) in the Town’s coastal plain. Wells, with its 7 miles of oceanfront barrier beaches, harbor and public facilities is a target destination for both the seasonal visitor, but also for a growing list of businesses locating and operating in Wells.

What's New in Wells...

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  • Full Service Growing  Community with Utilities East of Exit 19 with natural gas (Industrial Park)
  • Home of the York County Community College
  • Nationally ranked  High School –CSD #18 York Hospital Urgent Care Center and medical offices
  • Amtrak Downeaster Station
  • National ecology sites
  • High Speed Internet (3 Ring Binder) along Route 1
  • Low Tax Rate $9.12 per Thousand

Community Website:

Business contact:

Name: Jonathan Carter, Town Manager
Phone: 207-361-8894


Highlights from the review Team

  • Significant investment in public infrastructure improvement projects
  • Creation of Transportation District as part of Town’s Comprehensive Plan
  • Many quality of life amenities; notably the  promotion of wildlife/habitat awareness through monitoring and educational programs at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm and the Rachel Carson Reserve
  • Proactive approach to business through the utilization of an Ordinance Review Committee and Staff Review Committee