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Potato field in Fort Fairfield

Fort Fairfield is a town in Aroostook County, Maine, United States. The population was 3,579 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 78.4 square miles (203.0 km²), of which, 76.6 square miles (198.5 km²) of it is land and 1.7 square miles (4.5 km²) of it (2.21%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,579 people, 1,523 households, and 1,015 families residing in the town. The population density was 46.7 people per square mile (18.0/km²). There were 1,654 housing units at an average density of 21.6/sq mi (8.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.35% White, 0.20% Black or African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.03% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.75% of the population.

There were 1,523 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% 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 2.86.

In the town, the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 88.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $28,563, and the median income for a family was $33,446. Males had a median income of $28,448 versus $25,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,757. About 9.8% of families and 16.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.0% of those under age 18 and 25.0% of those age 65 or over. Agriculture, particularly potato and broccoli farming, is important to the local economy.

Places and events of interest

The town contains The Blockhouse Museum, displaying artifacts from the Aroostook War. The annual State of Maine Potato Blossom Festival is held in the third week of July. The town has a venerable public library. A large dike holds back the spring surge of waters in the Aroostook River. The nearest significant shopping center is in Presque Isle, about 11 miles away.

Notable Natives

John H. Reed, the 66th Governor of Maine, Chairman of the National Governors Association

Dick Curless, the "Baron of Country Music."

Alice Knowland (1879-1930), an actress who appeared in 29 silent films between 1912 and 1928

DeAnn Mears, an actress who has appeared in such television series as Law & Order, Route 66, McCloud, and Good Times

References

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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Coordinates: 46°46′8.6″N 67°50′9.1″W / 46.769056°N 67.835861°W / 46.769056; -67.835861

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