The Great Fires of 1947, which devastated much of York County, affected Kennebunkport and especially the area near Goose Rocks Beach.Much of the housing near Goose Rocks Beach was destroyed by the fire, but the area has since recovered and been rebuilt.

Heading west towards the mouth of the Kennebunk river is Dock Square, the current town center. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

In the late 19th and early 20th century, Kennebunkport, and especially Cape Arundel (also known as Point Arundel), developed as a summer colony for the wealthy. There were 1,578 households of which 22.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.2% were non-families.

The film starred actors including Robin Wright, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Helen Hunt, Ed Harris and Estelle Parsons. Other movies with scenes filmed in Kennebunkport include Lost Boundaries (1949), [My Husband's Double Life] (2003), The Man Who Knew Bush (2004 Documentary), The Living Wake (2007), 41 (2012 Documentary) and US Route 1-ME (2012).

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Historically a shipbuilding and fishing village, for well over a century the town has been a popular summer colony and seaside tourist destination.

The Dock Square area has a district of souvenir shops, art galleries, seafood restaurants, and bed and breakfasts.Traveling from Dock Square along Ocean Avenue is the Cape Arundel Summer Colony Historic District. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.Within Kennebunkport, much of this protected land is salt-water marsh. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.68. 17.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 15.2% were from 25 to 44; 36.5% were from 45 to 64; and 24.7% were 65 years of age or older.The original town center was at Cape Porpoise, which today has a small village center, is both a summer colony and year-round community, and hosts a working fishing harbor. First built by Bush's maternal grandfather George Herbert Walker, it has been a family home ever since, and has been owned by Bush The Bushes' ancestry is distinct from the Walker family that settled York County, Maine. Bush often invited world leaders, from Margaret Thatcher to Mikhail Gorbachev, to Kennebunkport. As of 2000 the median income for a household in the town was ,219, and the median income for a family was ,505.Inland from Cape Porpoise is a mix of forest and agricultural land, punctuated by an historic town center at Burbank Hill (there are a few historic buildings of interest here, including a schoolhouse and jail). Some of this family's Walker relatives are buried in the Kennebunkport area ancient cemeteries. Males had a median income of ,125 versus ,028 for females. About 1.7% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 1.4% of those age 65 or over. The racial makeup of the town was 99.0% White, 0.2% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races.But effective abs work should never be an afterthought.