Hope, Maine

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Hope is a town in Knox County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,310 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 23.8 square miles (61.6 km²), of which, 21.8 square miles (56.6 km²) of it is land and 2.0 square miles (5.1 km²) of it (8.24%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,310 people, 513 households, and 380 families residing in the town. The population density was 60.0 people per square mile (23.2/km²). There were 687 housing units at an average density of 31.5/sq mi (12.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.63% White, 0.15% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.84% of the population.

There were 513 households out of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.8% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.9% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 32.8% from 25 to 44, 27.1% from 45 to 64, and 9.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $42,273, and the median income for a family was $45,781. Males had a median income of $33,125 versus $26,850 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,385. About 4.7% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.6% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.


Further reading

  • Wright, Virginia. "Hope is Hip". Down East: The Magazine of Maine (May 2009). 

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