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Winterport, Maine
—  Town  —
Penobscot River in 1906
Location of the town of Winterport (in yellow) in Waldo County and the state of Maine
Coordinates: 44°39′28″N 68°53′45″W / 44.65778°N 68.89583°W / 44.65778; -68.89583
Country United States
State Maine
County Waldo
Incorporated 1860
 - Type Town Council
 - Town Manager Phillip G. Pitula
 - Total 37.1 sq mi (96.1 km2)
 - Land 35.6 sq mi (92.2 km2)
 - Water 1.5 sq mi (3.9 km2)
Elevation 220 ft (67 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 3,602
 Density 101.2/sq mi (39.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 04496
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-86760
GNIS feature ID 0582822

Winterport is a town in Waldo County, Maine, United States. The population was 3,602 at the 2000 census. Each August the town hosts the Winterport Music Festival.



First settled in 1766 as part of Frankfort, it was set off and incorporated on March 12, 1860. It was named Winterport because of its fine harbor, which generally remained ice free, and so became a busy local terminus for trade and shipping during winter months. When the upper Penobscot River froze, commodities like flour were hauled in large quantities from here to Bangor. [1]

In 1841, Theophilus Cushing opened a large steam mill which manufactured 11,000,000 feet of lumber annually. It also made sugar box shooks, lath, clapboard, and soap and candle boxes. The town had two cooperage factories. Other industries produced harnesses, cheese and butter, and men's vests. Until the Panic of 1857, Winterport was a shipbuilding center. But the principal business for most of the town was agriculture. [2]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 37.1 square miles (96.1 km²), of which, 35.6 square miles (92.2 km²) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km²) of it (4.07%) is water. Drained by the Marsh River, Winterport is bounded by the Penobscot River.

The town is crossed by U.S. Route 1A, as well as Maine State Route 69 and Maine State Route 139. It borders the towns of Frankfort to the south, Monroe to the west, and Hampden and Newburgh to the north. Bucksport lies across the Penobscot River to the east.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 3,602 people, 1,379 households, and 1,035 families residing in the town. The population density was 101.2 people per square mile (39.1/km²). There were 1,461 housing units at an average density of 41.0/sq mi (15.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.11% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.39% of the population.

There were 1,379 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.1% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.9% were non-families. 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 2.96.

Steamboat Cambridge at landing; a Victorian era stereographic card

In the town the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $40,776, and the median income for a family was $50,041. Males had a median income of $31,473 versus $24,978 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,235. About 10.4% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.0% of those under age 18 and 20.2% of those age 65 or over.

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