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Pownal, Maine
—  Town  —
Pownal, Maine is located in Maine
Pownal, Maine
Location within the state of Maine
Coordinates: 43°54′45″N 70°10′44″W / 43.9125°N 70.17889°W / 43.9125; -70.17889
Country United States
State Maine
County Cumberland
Incorporated 1808
 - Total 23.0 sq mi (59.4 km2)
 - Land 22.9 sq mi (59.4 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 226 ft (69 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,491
 - Density 65.0/sq mi (25.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 04069
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-60685
GNIS feature ID 0582684

Pownal is a town in Cumberland County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,491 at the 2000 census. It is part of the PortlandSouth PortlandBiddeford, Maine Metropolitan Statistical Area. Pownal is home to Bradbury Mountain State Park.



Originally the northwest portion of Freeport, it was first settled in 1680. The town was set off and incorporated by the Massachusetts General Court on March 3, 1808, named in honor of former Governor Thomas Pownall, who had died three years before. [1] It swapped land with the town of North Yarmouth in 1813 and 1816. [2] With an undulating surface of generally productive soil, agriculture became the principal occupation. By 1859, when the population was 1,074, other industries included a gristmill and a carriage factory. [3]

Pownal was chosen by author Stephen King as the hometown of schoolteacher Johnny Smith, protagonist of the 1979 novel The Dead Zone. King grew up in neighboring Durham.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 23.0 mi² (59.4 km²). 22.9 mi² (59.4 km²) of it is land and 0.04 mi² (0.1 km²) of it is water. The total area is 0.09% water. Pownal is drained by the eastern branches of the Royal River.

The town is crossed by state routes 9 and 231.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,491 people, 560 households, and 437 families residing in the town. The population density was 65.0 people per square mile (25.1/km²). There were 567 housing units at an average density of 24.7/sq mi (9.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.85% White, 0.47% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.27% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.67% of the population.

There were 560 households out of which 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.4% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.8% were non-families. 15.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 31.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 98.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $54,219, and the median income for a family was $60,000. Males had a median income of $38,000 versus $26,188 for females. The per capita income for the town was $26,691. About 2.6% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 1.5% of those age 65 or over.

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