Starks, Maine

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Starks is a town in Somerset County, Maine, United States. The town was named after General John Stark of the Revolutionary War.[1] The population was 578 at the 2000 census.

In 1992, the town of Starks, Maine made the first legal vote for marijuana legalization since the 1970s. Two ordinances written by Dave Wilkinson from neighboring Chesterville were voted on by thirteen Maine towns in the spring on 1992, an event which dominated the local news for a few weeks. One ordinance required that helicopters should not fly lower than 2000 feet over the town except in emergency. The other permitted the cultivation and possession of two pounds dry weight of cannabis. Don Christen and Maine Vocals lobbied hard for votes. When Starks became the only town to pass both ordinances, Starks became national news. Dave Wilkinson and other activists went to New York to appear on the "Faith Daniels Show," the high point of the media attention. The following year, the ordinances were repealed, but not before they gave Starks the most fame it ever had.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 31.9 square miles (82.6 km²), of which, 31.4 square miles (81.2 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²) of it (1.63%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 578 people, 224 households, and 159 families residing in the town. The population density was 18.4 people per square mile (7.1/km²). There were 321 housing units at an average density of 10.2/sq mi (4.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.27% White, 0.17% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.17% Asian, and 1.04% from two or more races.

There were 224 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.8% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 31.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 104.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,313, and the median income for a family was $33,462. Males had a median income of $30,208 versus $20,357 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,764. About 12.1% of families and 16.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.1% of those under age 18 and 17.4% of those age 65 or over.

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