Garland, Maine

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Garland is a town in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. The population was 990 at the 2000 census.



Garland was settled in 1802 and incorporated in 1811. It was named for the first settler Joseph Garland, who came from Salisbury, New Hampshire

The township was originally granted by the State of Massachusetts to Williams College, who sold it to a series of proprietors in 1798. It was originally called "Lincoln" after one of them, Levi Lincoln.

The town had 1,247 people by 1859.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 38.0 square miles (98.5 km²), of which, 37.8 square miles (97.8 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it is water. The total area is 0.71% water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 990 people, 379 households, and 270 families residing in the town. The population density was 26.2 people per square mile (10.1/km²). There were 497 housing units at an average density of 13.2/sq mi (5.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.78% White, 0.20% African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.40% Pacific Islander, and 1.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.40% of the population.

There were 379 households out of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.5% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size is 3.05.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $27,500, and the median income for a family was $31,534. Males had a median income of $30,057 versus $16,959 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,624. About 15.1% of families and 20.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.6% of those under age 18 and 13.9% of those ages 65 or older.

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