Amherst, Maine

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Amherst is a town in Hancock County, Maine, United States. The population was 230 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.3 square miles (101.8 km²), of which, 39.0 square miles (100.9 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²) of it (0.81%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 230 people, 107 households, and 60 families residing in the town. The population density was 5.9 people per square mile (2.3/km²). There were 153 housing units at an average density of 3.9/sq mi (1.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.26% White, 0.43% Native American, 0.43% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.43% of the population.

There were 107 households out of which 23.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 1.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.0% were non-families. 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.0% under the age of 18, 2.6% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 34.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 123.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 142.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $26,042, and the median income for a family was $30,833. Males had a median income of $27,917 versus $21,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,548. About 8.1% of families and 14.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.5% of those under the age of eighteen and 4.0% of those sixty five or over.

Historical references

From The New England Gazetteer: Containing Descriptions of the States, Counties ... By John Hayward. Published 1857, O Clapp[verification needed]

From A Survey of Hancock County, Maine: By Samuel Wasson, Pub. 1878,Sprague, Owen & Nash[verification needed]


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