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Lisbon, Maine
—  Town  —

Location of the town of Lisbon (in yellow) in Androscoggin County and the state of Maine
Coordinates: 44°1′21″N 70°4′47″W / 44.0225°N 70.07972°W / 44.0225; -70.07972Coordinates: 44°1′21″N 70°4′47″W / 44.0225°N 70.07972°W / 44.0225; -70.07972
Country United States
State Maine
County Androscoggin
Incorporated June 22, 1799
 - Total 24.2 sq mi (62.6 km2)
 - Land 23.6 sq mi (61.1 km2)
 - Water 0.6 sq mi (1.4 km2)
Elevation 200 ft (61 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 9,077
 Density 384.5/sq mi (148.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 04250, 04252
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-40035
GNIS feature ID 0582563

Lisbon is a town in Androscoggin County, Maine, United States. The population was 9,077 at the 2000 census. It is included in both the Lewiston-Auburn, Maine Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Lewiston-Auburn, Maine Metropolitan New England City and Town Area. Lisbon includes the village of Lisbon Falls.



Downtown c. 1914

The community was originally part of Bowdoin, a township within the Kennebec Purchase. But because travel to attend town meetings was difficult, on June 22, 1799 the General Court of Massachusetts divided Bowdoin in two to create Thompsonborough. Residents, however, soon grew dissatisfied with the long name. Consequently, it would be renamed in 1802 as Lisbon, after Lisbon in Portugal. In 1808, Lisbon annexed the remainder of Little River Plantation (part of the Pejepscot Purchase) as Lisbon Falls. In 1840, part of Lisbon was set off as Webster.

With fertile and easily cultivated soil, farming was an early industry. Sawmills and gristmills were built using water power from the streams. Larger brick mills followed to manufacture textiles. In 1864, the Worumbo Mill was established to produce woolens, and would remain a principal employer until it burned in 1987. Today, the small mill town is largely a bedroom community for companies like Bath Iron Works.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 24.2 square miles (62.6 km²), of which, 23.6 square miles (61.1 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.4 km²) of it (2.28%) is water. Lisbon is drained by the Sabattus River, Little River and Androscoggin River.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 9,077 people, 3,608 households, and 2,485 families residing in the town. The population density was 384.5 people per square mile (148.4/km²). There were 3,789 housing units at an average density of 160.5/sq mi (62.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.41% White, 0.65% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.74% of the population.

There were 3,608 households out of which 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,115, and the median income for a family was $42,614. Males had a median income of $32,107 versus $21,099 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,263. About 6.7% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.6% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.


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