Perry, Maine

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Perry is a town in Washington County, Maine, United States, on the Canadian border. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 847.



Once part of Plantation T1 TS, the area was settled in 1758 by John Frost, who built a trading post beside the St. Croix River. Situated on Passamaquoddy Bay, the town was incorporated on February 12, 1818, even as the British held Eastport six miles away. It was named after Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, hero of the War of 1812. Part of the community lies within the Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Indian Reservation.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 42.6 square miles (110.3 km²), of which, 29.5 square miles (76.3 km²) of it is land and 13.1 square miles (34.0 km²) of it (30.85%) is water. Located beside Passamaquoddy Bay, Perry is drained by the St. Croix River.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 847 people, 331 households, and 238 families residing in the town. The population density was 28.8 people per square mile (11.1/km²). There were 529 housing units at an average density of 18.0/sq mi (6.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 86.19% White, 0.24% African American, 11.92% Native American, 0.12% Pacific Islander, and 1.53% from two or more races.

There were 331 households out of which 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.8% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% 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 2.92.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $27,788, and the median income for a family was $35,104. Males had a median income of $31,442 versus $22,292 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,285. About 15.9% of families and 17.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.2% of those under age 18 and 32.5% of those age 65 or over.

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