North Yarmouth, Maine

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North Yarmouth is a town in Cumberland County, Maine, United States. The population was 3,210 at the 2000 census. It is part of the PortlandSouth PortlandBiddeford Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 21.3 square miles (55.2 km²), of which, 21.1 square miles (54.8 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (0.89%) is water.

History

The area embracing North Yarmouth, first settled in 1636, was abandoned twice before successful final settlement in 1713. In 1646, William Royall purchased a farm on the river that, since, has borne his name. John Cousins, a few years previous, occupied a neck of land between branches of a stream and owned an island, both now bearing his name. These settlements were established in the vicinity, called by the Wabanakis, as “Wescustogo”. Yarmouth originally constituted the eastern portion of North Yarmouth; the “North” in the name intended to differentiate it from Yarmouth, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod (Maine was then a part of Massachusetts). North Yarmouth was chartered on September 22, 1680, encompassing the area of the present Town of North Yarmouth and the future towns of Harpswell (until 1750), Freeport (until 1789), Pownal (until 1808, from Freeport), Cumberland (until 1821), and Yarmouth (until 1849).

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,210 people, 1,118 households, and 924 families residing in the town. The population density was 151.9 people per square mile (58.6/km²). There were 1,142 housing units at an average density of 54.0/sq mi (20.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.66% White, 0.09% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.47% of the population.

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