Southport, Maine

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Southport is a town in Lincoln County, Maine, United States. The population was 684 at the 2000 census. It includes the villages of Southport, West Southport, Cape Newagen, and Squirrel Island.



Cape Newagen, at the southern tip of the island, was an early European fishing outpost. Southport was part of Boothbay, Maine until it separated on February 12, 1842.[1] Originally called Townshend after Lord Townshend, the name was changed to Southport in 1850.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 13.9 square miles (36.0 km²), of which, 5.4 square miles (14.0 km²) of it is land and 8.5 square miles (22.0 km²) of it (61.22%) is water. Southport is on Southport Island in the mouth of the Sheepscot River. The Town of Southport constitutes the whole of Southport Island.

It is crossed by state routes 27 and 238. It is connected by bridge to Boothbay Harbor.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 684 people, 331 households, and 218 families residing in the town. The population density was 127.0 people per square mile (49.0/km²). There were 912 housing units at an average density of 169.3/sq mi (65.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.83% White, 0.58% Asian, and 0.58% from two or more races.

There were 331 households out of which 19.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.8% were married couples living together, 3.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.52.

In the town the population was spread out with 14.6% under the age of 18, 3.5% from 18 to 24, 15.4% from 25 to 44, 35.7% from 45 to 64, and 30.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53 years. For every 100 females there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males.

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