Cherryfield, Maine

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Cherryfield is a town in Washington County, Maine, United States on the Narraguagus River. It was named for the wild cherries that once peppered the banks of the river.[1] The population was 1,157 at the 2000 census. The town bills itself as the "Blueberry Capital of the World". Roughly 75 acres (300,000 m2) on both sides of the river are a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places known as the Cherryfield Historic District. This district comprises a collection of period structures dating from c1750-1890. The town was first settled about 1760, and was originally part of Steuben, Maine.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.2 square miles (114.6 km²), of which, 43.7 square miles (113.3 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²) of it (1.18%) is water. The town is home to two breeding pairs of bald eagles.[2]

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,157 people, 493 households, and 317 families residing in the town. The population density was 26.5 people per square mile (10.2/km²). There were 644 housing units at an average density of 14.7/sq mi (5.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.01% White, 0.09% African American, 0.69% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.17% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.09% of the population.

There were 493 households out of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.5% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.85.

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