Winter Harbor, Maine

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Winter Harbor is a town in Hancock County, Maine, United States. The population was 988 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 65.7 square miles (170.2 km²), of which, 14.4 square miles (37.2 km²) of it is land and 51.3 square miles (132.9 km²) of it (78.13%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 988 people, 402 households, and 278 families residing in the town. The population density was 68.8 people per square mile (26.5/km²). There were 558 housing units at an average density of 38.8/sq mi (15.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.98% White, 2.02% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.71% Asian, and 7.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.64% of the population.

There were 402 households out of which 38.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 8.0% households had a female with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the town the population was spread out with 29.4% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 18.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $28,571, and the median income for a family was $32,750. Males had a median income of $24,063 versus $17,448 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,438. About 5.5% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.3% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.

Grindstone Neck

The summer colony of Grindstone Neck lies on a peninsula southwest of the village. In 1889 a group formed “The Gouldsboro Land Improvement Company” with the idea of creating a summer colony much like that of Bar Harbor. Residents of this community share in an association which includes a yacht club, nine hole golf course, tennis courts and footpaths. The Winter Harbor Yacht Club has recently purchased and renovated all nine original Winter Harbor 21's. Designed and launched in 1908, they are thought to be the oldest one-design sailboat fleet in the United States.

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