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Chester, Maine
—  Town  —
Chester, Maine is located in Maine
Chester, Maine
Location within the state of Maine
Coordinates: 45°25′14″N 68°31′18″W / 45.42056°N 68.52167°W / 45.42056; -68.52167
Country United States
State Maine
County Penobscot
 - Total 44.3 sq mi (114.8 km2)
 - Land 44.3 sq mi (114.8 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 226 ft (69 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 525
 - Density 11.8/sq mi (4.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-12525
GNIS feature ID 0582408

Chester is a town in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. The population was 525 at the 2000 census.

It is part of the Bangor, Maine Metropolitan Statistical Area.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.3 square miles (114.8 km²), all of it land.

Notable People

Mark Alton Barwise, a prominent American spiritualist and Maine State Senator in the 1920s, was born in Chester.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 525 people, 201 households, and 142 families residing in the town. The population density was 11.8 people per square mile (4.6/km²). There were 223 housing units at an average density of 5.0/sq mi (1.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.67% White, 0.38% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.19% Pacific Islander, 0.38% from other races, and 0.19% from two or more races.

There were 201 households out of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.2% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 9.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 101.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,250, and the median income for a family was $40,938. Males had a median income of $42,222 versus $17,679 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,600. About 12.4% of families and 16.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.7% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.




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