Southwest Harbor, Maine

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Southwest Harbor is a town in Hancock County, Maine, United States on Mount Desert Island. The population was 1,966 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 22.6 square miles (58.7 km²), of which, 13.5 square miles (35.0 km²) of it is land and 9.1 square miles (23.7 km²) of it (40.35%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,966 people, 899 households, and 534 families residing in the town. The population density was 145.6 people per square mile (56.2/km²). There were 1,288 housing units at an average density of 95.4/sq mi (36.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.37% White, 0.31% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.56% of the population.

There were 899 households out of which 24.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.5% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.7% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,555, and the median income for a family was $50,000. Males had a median income of $29,792 versus $24,044 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,509. About 8.8% of families and 12.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.3% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.

Business and industry

Hinckley Yachts maintains its headquarters, design, construction, and repair facilities in Southwest Harbor.

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