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Blaine, Maine
Location of Blaine, Maine
Location of Blaine, Maine
Country  United States
State Flag of Maine.svg Maine
County Aroostook
Villages Blaine
Robinsons
Area
 • Total 18.65 sq mi (48.30 km2)
 • Land 18.60 sq mi (48.17 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
Elevation
479 ft (146 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 726
 • Estimate 
(2012)
719
 • Density 39.0/sq mi (15.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
04734
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-05385
GNIS feature ID 0582355

Blaine is a town in Aroostook County, Maine, United States. The population was 726 at the 2010 census. It was known as Alva prior to incorporation in 1874, when it was renamed in honor of James G. Blaine, then Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. According to local history, Blaine offered to donate a large bell for the tower of the town's new meeting hall, if the citizens would rename the town after him. The town's name was changed, but Blaine never donated a bell. The building still stands on the north end of town, on Route 1.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 18.65 square miles (48.30 km2), of which 18.60 square miles (48.17 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 646
1890 784 21.4%
1900 954 21.7%
1910 1,013 6.2%
1920 1,117 10.3%
1930 1,061 −5.0%
1940 1,049 −1.1%
1950 1,118 6.6%
1960 945 −15.5%
1970 903 −4.4%
1980 922 2.1%
1990 784 −15.0%
2000 806 2.8%
2010 726 −9.9%
2014 (est.) 700 −3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 726 people, 299 households, and 217 families living in the town. The population density was 39.0 inhabitants per square mile (15.1/km2). There were 360 housing units at an average density of 19.4 per square mile (7.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.7% White, 1.5% Native American, 0.8% Asian, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.4% of the population.

There were 299 households, of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.5% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.4% were non-families. 24.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.88.

The median age in the town was 43.9 years. 20.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.8% were from 25 to 44; 30.6% were from 45 to 64; and 17.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 50.3% male and 49.7% female.

Notable people

  • Ben Bubar, temperance activist and Prohibition Party member
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