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Corinth, Maine
—  Town  —
Corinth, Maine is located in Maine
Corinth, Maine
Location within the state of Maine
Coordinates: 44°59′10″N 68°59′57″W / 44.98611°N 68.99917°W / 44.98611; -68.99917
Country United States
State Maine
County Penobscot
Area
 - Total 40.2 sq mi (104.0 km2)
 - Land 40.2 sq mi (104.0 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 220 ft (67 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 2,511
 - Density 62.5/sq mi (24.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 04427
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-14380
GNIS feature ID 0582420

Corinth is a town in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. The population was 2,511 at the 2000 census.

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History

The town was first settled in the late 1790s by the extended Daniel Skinner family and originally called "Ohio". There is still an "Ohio Street" in nearby Bangor, Maine, being a portion of the original road or trail connecting that town with what is now Corinth. When the town was incorporated in 1811, it changed its name to Corinth, a reference to the classical Greek city. A number of Penobscot County towns incorporated in the same period such as Etna, Maine, Carmel, Maine, Levant, Maine (and Troy, Maine in neighboring Waldo County) were given similarly exotic names, referencing the ancient Mediterranean world, probably in order to help attract settlers. Some of these names also have Biblical references.

By the mid-19th century the town had three villages: East Corinth, West Corinth, and South Corinth. East Corinth emerged as the largest, and had 5 shops making carraiges and sleighs (a local specialty) by the 1850s.

The Skinner Settlement in West Corinth is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This early 19th century village-scape includes a general store, schoolhouse, and Methodist church. The Robeyville Covered Bridge near East Corinth is also listed on the National Register, and is one of very few such bridges to survive in Maine.

Corinth has an active historical society, which maintains a museum, and an informative web-site:[1]

Notable Corinthians

George W. Emery, born in Corinth in 1830, served as Governor of the Utah Territory 1875-80. Emery County, Utah is named for him. He died in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1909.

Arthur R. Gould (1857-1946), also born in East Corinth, moved to Presque Isle and became President of the Aroostook Valley Railroad (1902-1946). He also served as a U.S. Senator from Maine, 1926-1931. He is buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Bangor

Solomon Comstock, who was born in Argyle, Maine but attended East Corinth Academy, served as a U.S. Congressman from Minnesota, 1889-91.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.2 square miles (104.0 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,511 people, 959 households, and 715 families residing in the town. The population density was 62.5 people per square mile (24.1/km²). There were 1,040 housing units at an average density of 25.9/sq mi (10.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.17% White, 0.08% African American, 0.64% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.48% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.76% of the population.

There were 959 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.0% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% were non-families. 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $37,318, and the median income for a family was $41,016. Males had a median income of $31,715 versus $25,071 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,460. About 3.7% of families and 8.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.

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