Stetson, Maine

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Stetson is a town in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. The population was 981 at the 2000 census. It was named after its first proprietor, Amasa Stetson. His brother Simeon Stetson originally settled here as well, but moved to nearby Hampden, Maine in 1803. Simeon's sons Charles, George, and Isaiah founded a powerful mercantile and political family in Bangor.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.6 square miles (94.9 km²), of which, 34.9 square miles (90.3 km²) of it is land and 1.8 square miles (4.5 km²) of it (4.78%) is water.

Historic building

The Stetson Union Church (1843), designed in the Greek Revival style by Bangor, Maine architect Benjamin S. Deane, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places[1]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 981 people, 383 households, and 273 families residing in the town. The population density was 28.1 people per square mile (10.9/km²). There were 513 housing units at an average density of 14.7/sq mi (5.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.67% White, 0.20% African American, 0.51% Native American, and 0.61% from two or more races.

There were 383 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.1% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 102.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,606, and the median income for a family was $32,337. Males had a median income of $24,583 versus $20,724 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,626. About 12.7% of families and 17.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.8% of those under age 18 and 16.3% of those age 65 or over.

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