West Bath, Maine

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West Bath is a town in Sagadahoc County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,798 at the 2000 census. A sub-locality of West Bath is Winnegance. West Bath is part of the PortlandSouth PortlandBiddeford, Maine metropolitan statistical area.

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History

Winnegance Carrying Place, located between Winnegance Creek on the Kennebec River and Winnegance Bay on the New Meadow River, was a busy canoe portage for the Kennebec Abenaki Indians. The area was first a portion of Georgetown, incorporated in 1716, then of Bath, incorporated in 1781. [1] West Bath was set off and incorporated as a town on February 14, 1844. When the population was 603 in 1858, industries included a gristmill, sawmill and clapboard, shingle and lath machines. West Bath is today a suburb of Bath and Brunswick. [2]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15.0 square miles (38.8 km²), of which, 11.8 square miles (30.6 km²) of it is land and 3.2 square miles (8.2 km²) of it (21.16%) is water. Situated on part of a peninsula, West Bath is drained by Winnegance Creek and the New Meadows River estuary.

The town is crossed by U. S. Route 1. It borders the city of Bath to the northeast, town of Phippsburg to the southeast, and (separated by the New Meadows River) is near the towns of Harpswell to the southwest, and Brunswick to the northwest.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,798 people, 750 households, and 536 families residing in the town. The population density was 152.2 people per square mile (58.8/km²). There were 983 housing units at an average density of 83.2/sq mi (32.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.22% White, 0.33% African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.44% of the population.

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