New Sharon, Maine

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New Sharon is a town in Franklin County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,297 at the 2000 census. Native Fred H. Hale, Sr., born December 1, 1890, was the world's oldest living man from March 5, 2004 to November 19, 2004.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 46.6 square miles (120.6 km²), of which, 46.0 square miles (119.0 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) of it (1.33%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,297 people, 518 households, and 360 families residing in the town. The population density was 28.2 people per square mile (10.9/km²). There were 598 housing units at an average density of 13.0/sq mi (5.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.92% White, 0.23% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.46% of the population.

There were 518 households out of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.7% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 100.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,083, and the median income for a family was $37,171. Males had a median income of $29,118 versus $21,927 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,690. About 12.3% of families and 15.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.2% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.

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