Smithfield, Maine

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Smithfield is a town in Somerset County, Maine, United States. The population was 930 at the 2000 census. The town was incorporated on February 29, 1840 making it the only town in Maine incorporated on Leap Day.[1] The town was named after the Rev. Henry Smith, an early settler.[2]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 24.7 square miles (64.1 km²), of which, 19.9 square miles (51.5 km²) of it is land and 4.8 square miles (12.5 km²) of it (19.57%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 930 people, 372 households, and 284 families residing in the town. The population density was 46.8 people per square mile (18.1/km²). There were 608 housing units at an average density of 30.6/sq mi (11.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.39% White, 0.11% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.43% from other races, and 0.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.97% of the population.

There were 372 households out of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.9% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.4% were non-families. 17.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% 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 2.84.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 4.1% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 28.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $37,045, and the median income for a family was $41,339. Males had a median income of $31,417 versus $22,596 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,492. About 5.2% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.9% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.

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