Eliot, Maine

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Eliot is a town in York County, Maine, United States. The population was 5,954 at the 2000 census. It is part of the PortlandSouth PortlandBiddeford, Maine metropolitan statistical area.

Eliot is home to Littlebrook Airpark and the Raitt Homestead Farm Museum.

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History

Originally part of the Piscataqua Plantation (renamed Kittery in 1647) called Sturgeon Creek in the 1630-40s, it became the North, or Second, Parish of Kittery in 1713 following the incorporation of Berwick. [1] On March 1, 1810, Eliot became a town. The town was either named after Robert Eliot, who was a member of the Provincial Council of New Hampshire, or for Reverend John Eliot of Boston, a friend of General Andrew P. Fernald, the town agent largely responsible for its separation. [2]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 21.3 square miles (55.1 km²), of which, 19.7 square miles (51.1 km²) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²) of it (7.29%) is water. Eliot is drained by Sturgeon Creek and the Piscataqua River.

Eliot is served by state routes 91, 101, 103 and 236. The town is northwest of Interstate 95 and near the New Hampshire border.

Demographics

See also: South Eliot, Maine

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 5,954 people, 2,307 households, and 1,704 families residing in the town. The population density was 302.0 people per square mile (116.6/km²). There were 2,418 housing units at an average density of 122.6/sq mi (47.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.44% White, 0.22% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.49% of the population.

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