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Van Buren, Maine
—  Town  —

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Nickname(s): Gateway to the St. John Valley
Motto: In Hoc Signo Vinces  (Latin)
"With this as your standard you shall have victory"
Van Buren, Maine is located in Maine
Van Buren, Maine
Location within the state of Maine
Coordinates: 47°09′53″N 67°56′27″W / 47.16472°N 67.94083°W / 47.16472; -67.94083
Country United States
State Maine
County Aroostook
Incorporated (town) March 1881
Population (2000)
 - Total 2,631
 Density 77.5/sq mi (29.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 04785
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code
GNIS feature ID

Van Buren is a town on the Saint John River in Aroostook County, Maine, United States; located across from Saint-Leonard, New Brunswick, Canada. The population was 2,631 at the 2000 census. It is named after U.S. President Martin Van Buren.[1]

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.2 square miles (91.0 km²), of which, 34.0 square miles (87.9 km²) of it is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²) of it (3.41%) is water.

Van Buren is connected to Saint Leonard, New Brunswick via the Saint Leonard-Van Buren Bridge.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,631 people, 1,095 households, and 704 families residing in the town. The population density was 77.5 people per square mile (29.9/km²). There were 1,232 housing units at an average density of 36.3/sq mi (14.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.59% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.72% of the population.

There were 1,095 households out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.73.

In the town the population was spread out with 19.8% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, and 22.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 87.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $20,038, and the median income for a family was $29,458. Males had a median income of $27,411 versus $19,583 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,651. About 15.2% of families and 22.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.9% of those under age 18 and 14.5% of those age 65 or over.

Van Buren is part of Francophone North America: 76.6 per cent of residents are habitual speakers of French. Links with Québec and New Brunswick are consequently strong.

Van Buren in popular culture

Van Buren is most likely the unnamed starting point of the route taken by participants of The Long Walk, a novel by Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King).

References

  1. ^ Maine League of Historical Societies and Museums (1970). Doris A. Isaacson. ed. Maine: A Guide 'Down East'. Rockland, Me: Courier-Gazette, Inc.. pp. 296. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 47°09′53″N 67°56′27″W / 47.16472°N 67.94083°W / 47.16472; -67.94083

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