Ashland, Maine

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Ashland is a town in Aroostook County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,474 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 81.7 square miles (211.7 km²), of which, 80.6 square miles (208.7 km²) of it is land and 1.1 square miles (3.0 km²) of it (1.39%) is water. Within Ashland are the smaller townships of Masardis, Oxbow Plantation, Frenchville, Portage, Sheridan, Nashville Plantation, and Garfield Plantation.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,474 people, 629 households, and 398 families residing in the town. The population density was 18.3 people per square mile (7.1/km²). There were 760 housing units at an average density of 9.4/sq mi (3.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.78% White, 0.88% Native American, 0.20% Asian, and 0.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.07% of the population.

There were 629 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.6% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 104.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,472, and the median income for a family was $40,185. Males had a median income of $32,768 versus $21,027 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,328. About 6.1% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.4% of those under age 18 and 15.2% of those age 65 or over.


The town was served by Ashland Community High School for grades 7-12 and the Ashland Central School for grades K-6. In 2010 construction was completed and the new consolidated Ashland District School, next to the former high school, was opened for grades K-12. The building that housed Ashland Community High School for over 100 years was demolished that year to make way for new athletic fields.


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