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Porter, Maine
—  Town  —
Old Porter Meeting House
Porter, Maine is located in Maine
Porter, Maine
Location within the state of Maine
Coordinates: 43°50′2″N 70°55′51″W / 43.83389°N 70.93083°W / 43.83389; -70.93083
Country United States
State Maine
County Oxford
Incorporated 1807
Area
 - Total 32.9 sq mi (85.3 km2)
 - Land 31.5 sq mi (81.6 km2)
 - Water 1.4 sq mi (3.7 km2)
Elevation 466 ft (142 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,438
 - Density 45.7/sq mi (17.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 04068
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-60405
GNIS feature ID 0582682

Porter is a town in Oxford County, Maine, United States. It is included in the Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine metropolitan New England City and Town Area. Porter includes Porter village and part of Kezar Falls. The population was 1,438 at the 2000 census.

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History

The land was once territory of Pequawket, the Abenaki village at what it now Fryeburg. It was purchased from the Massachusetts General Court in September of 1795 by Dr. Aaron Porter of Biddeford and others. Terms of the grant offered 100 acres (40 hectares) to each man who settled before January 1, 1784. First called Portersfield Plantation, it was incorporated as a town on February 20, 1807, named for its principal proprietor. Land was set off to Brownfield in 1831, 1832 and 1855.

Although farmers found the town's surface uneven, the hillsides offered excellent pasturage for cattle. Porter became noted for its orchards. Outlets of ponds provided sites for mills, with the best water power on the Ossipee River at Kezar Falls, where part of the village lies in Parsonsfield. The town had numerous sawmills, a gristmill, furniture factory, bobbin factory and a boot and shoe factory. In 1870, the population was 1,104.

Notable residents

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 32.9 square miles (85.3 km²), of which, 31.5 square miles (81.6 km²) of it is land and 1.4 square miles (3.7 km²) of it (4.34%) is water. Porter is drained by the Ossipee River.

The town is crossed by state routes 25 and 160. Porter borders the towns of Eaton and Freedom, New Hampshire to the west, Brownfield to the north, Hiram to the east, and Parsonsfield to the south.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,438 people, 562 households, and 1,410 families residing in the town. The population density was 45.7 people per square mile (17.6/km²). There were 742 housing units at an average density of 23.6/sq mi (9.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.01% White, 0.35% African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.21% from other races, and 1.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.70% of the population.

There were 562 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.6% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.0% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,802, and the median income for a family was $37,552. Males had a median income of $25,739 versus $23,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,271. About 12.9% of families and 14.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.3% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.

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Coordinates: 43°47′45″N 70°55′57″W / 43.79583°N 70.9325°W / 43.79583; -70.9325

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