Cumberland, Maine

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Cumberland is a town in Cumberland County, Maine, United States. The population was 7,159 at the 2000 census. It is part of the PortlandSouth PortlandBiddeford, Maine Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

Cumberland, Maine, was once part of North Yarmouth, but in 1821 it was incorporated into its own town. The town was officially named by Ephraim Sturdivant when the new town government elected him to do the task.

The Cumberland Fair, one of the state's larger agricultural fairs, has been held yearly in Cumberland at the end of September since 1868. The Portland suburb has a rich farming history, and a number of working farms remain, such as Sweetser's Apple Barrel & Orchards, Spring Brook Farms, and Double T Orchards.

Notable people

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 46.4 square miles (120.1 km²) – 26.1 square miles (67.5 km²) of which is land; 20.3 square miles (52.6 km²) of it (43.78%) is water.

There is a small recreational park located near the center of the town called Twin Brooks. This park is run and maintained by the town and is open to cross-country skiers, walkers, and sports practices.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,159 people, 2,548 households, and 2,046 families residing in the town. The population density was 274.6 people per square mile (106.0/km²). There were 2,945 housing units at an average density of 112.9/sq mi (43.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.76% White, 0.14% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.66% of the population.

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