Sabattus, Maine

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Sabattus is a town in Androscoggin County, Maine, United States. The population was 4,486 at the 2000 census. It is included in both the Lewiston-Auburn, Maine Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Lewiston-Auburn, Maine Metropolitan New England City and Town Area. The town was formerly known as Webster, and changed its name to Sabattus in 1971, in honor of a former Anasagunticook Indian chief.

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History

The town was first incorporated as Webster on March 21st 1788. The name Sabattus comes from one of the chiefs of the Native American tribe that lived in the area. The tribe had moved on when the settlers came. This was seen as a good thing as the two cultures would not have meshed well. The only parts of the town to bear the name Sabattus were the lake, river, and mountain. Not to be confused with Sabattus Mountain in Lovell Maine. The spelling changed from Sabattis to the current spelling. [1]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 26.8 square miles (69.3 km²), of which, 25.6 square miles (66.4 km²) of it is land and 1.1 square miles (2.9 km²) of it (4.15%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,486 people, 1,708 households, and 1,298 families residing in the town. The population density was 175.0 people per square mile (67.6/km²). There were 1,843 housing units at an average density of 71.9/sq mi (27.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.28% White, 0.11% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.58% of the population.

There were 1,708 households out of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.5% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.0% were non-families. 17.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 2.91.

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