Mount Desert, Maine

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Mount Desert is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. The population was 2,109 at the 2000 census. Incorporated in 1789, the town currently encompasses the villages of Otter Creek, Seal Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Somesville, Hall Quarry, and Pretty Marsh.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 55.2 square miles (143.0 km²), of which, 36.9 square miles (95.6 km²) of it is land and 18.3 square miles (47.4 km²) of it (33.16%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,109 people, 962 households, and 583 families residing in the town. The population density was 57.1 people per square mile (22.1/km²). There were 1,900 housing units at an average density of 51.5/sq mi (19.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.62% White, 0.19% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.62% of the population.

There were 962 households out of which 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.3% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $41,321, and the median income for a family was $54,375. Males had a median income of $35,189 versus $27,358 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,709. About 3.2% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.

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