Washburn, Maine

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Washburn is a town in Aroostook County, Maine, United States. It was incorporated on February 25, 1861, and named after Israel Washburn, the governor of Maine at the time. As of the 2000 census, the population was 1,627.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 34.9 square miles (90.5 km²), of which, 34.2 square miles (88.7 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) of it (2.00%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,627 people, 692 households, and 501 families residing in the town. The population density was 47.5 people per square mile (18.3/km²). There were 766 housing units at an average density of 22.4/sq mi (8.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.71% White, 0.12% African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.12% Asian, and 0.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.31% of the population.

There were 692 households out of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.8% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.73.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.5% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 28.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 96.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,338, and the median income for a family was $34,122. Males had a median income of $28,203 versus $19,783 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,018. About 9.5% of families and 13.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.7% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those age 65 or over.

August Festival

The third weekend of August each year, Washburn holds its annual "August Festival", with the local school's sports teams playing games, a parade through Main Street, and numerous booths selling souvenirs and food.[citation needed]

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