Biddeford is a city located in York County, Maine. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 20,942.
The town is mostly a factory town, and most residents are blue-collar workers. In the mid 1800s, the harnessing of the water power of the Saco River waterfalls allowed for the construction of major textile manufacturing facilities along the riverbanks. These mills attracted waves of immigrants, most notably French-Canadian farm workers from the Province of Quebec. At one time the textile mills employed as many as 12,000 people.
As of 2004, Biddeford was suffering from severe air pollution problems due to it being the host of a garbage incinerator owned by the Maine Energy Recovery Company. Several textile plants, a computer component plant (which in recent years has begun to emit tantalum), and several other industrial plants further aggravate the problem.
Web Sites and Links
Biddeford Police DepartmentCity police department information provided.
City of BiddefordHistory of city, council meeting minutes, directory, economic plans, housing information and links to community center and facilities.
Out of the RoughAll-season country club, providing the state-of-the-art indoor golf simulator experience. Contact information and directions available.