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Hudson, Maine
—  Town  —
Hudson, Maine is located in Maine
Hudson, Maine
Location within the state of Maine
Coordinates: 45°0′1″N 68°52′46″W / 45.00028°N 68.87944°W / 45.00028; -68.87944
Country United States
State Maine
County Penobscot
 - Total 40.2 sq mi (104.1 km2)
 - Land 37.8 sq mi (97.9 km2)
 - Water 2.4 sq mi (6.2 km2)
Elevation 144 ft (44 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,393
 - Density 36.8/sq mi (14.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 04449
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-34365
GNIS feature ID 0582527

Hudson is a town in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,393 at the 2000 census.



Hudson was first settled about 1800. In 1824 it became a plantation, and was named "Jackson", probably after Andrew Jackson. In 1825, however it was incorporated as the town of "Kirkland". The name was changed to "Hudson" in 1854.

Ephriam Braley, a lumberman and folk singer from Hudson, composed the song "Canaday-I-O" about 1854, which became popular in American lumber camps.[1]

Maxwell Anderson, the New York based Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and writer of film scripts, bought a Hudson farmhouse in 1937 for use as a vacation home. He is best known for the plays Anne of the Thousand Days, What Price Glory?, Key Largo, and the screen adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.2 square miles (104.1 km²), of which, 37.8 square miles (97.9 km²) of it is land and 2.4 square miles (6.2 km²) of it (5.92%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,393 people, 508 households, and 386 families residing in the town. The population density was 36.8 people per square mile (14.2/km²). There were 677 housing units at an average density of 17.9/sq mi (6.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.85% White, 0.50% African American, 0.72% Native American, 0.14% Pacific Islander, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.22% of the population.

There were 508 households out of which 37.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.8% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.0% were non-families. 15.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 34.7% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 7.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 105.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,594, and the median income for a family was $40,982. Males had a median income of $32,188 versus $21,146 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,850. About 11.2% of families and 13.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.1% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ Eloise Hubbard Linscott, Folk Songs of Old New England (1993), p. 181
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

Coordinates: 45°00′04″N 68°52′50″W / 45.00111°N 68.88056°W / 45.00111; -68.88056

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