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Bradford, Maine
Country United States
State Maine
County Penobscot
Area
 • Total 41.18 sq mi (106.66 km2)
 • Land 41.18 sq mi (106.66 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
276 ft (84 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,290
 • Estimate 
(2012)
1,281
 • Density 31.3/sq mi (12.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
04410
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-06575
GNIS feature ID 0582363

Bradford is a town in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. It is part of the Bangor, Maine Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,290 at the 2010 census.

History

According to some early documents, Bradford was said to be first settled between 1803-05 by James White and Robert Marshall of Thomaston however early settler Cornelius Bradford was among the first to live in the settlement and died there in 1790. Cornelius Bradford is a lineal descendant of Governor William Bradford of the Plymouth Colony. He was the eldest child of Joshua and Hannah Bradford, who were killed during the Raid on Meduncook. Bradford became a plantation in 1820 and a town in 1831. By the mid-1850s its population had peaked at 1,500, which is about 200 more people than it has today.

A tornado passed through Bradford in 1872, destroying two houses. Buildings in the nearby towns of Parkman and Dover were also demolished.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 41.18 square miles (106.66 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 1,000
1850 1,296 29.6%
1860 1,558 20.2%
1870 1,487 −4.6%
1880 1,460 −1.8%
1890 1,215 −16.8%
1900 954 −21.5%
1910 930 −2.5%
1920 738 −20.6%
1930 721 −2.3%
1940 734 1.8%
1950 793 8.0%
1960 690 −13.0%
1970 569 −17.5%
1980 888 56.1%
1990 1,103 24.2%
2000 1,186 7.5%
2010 1,290 8.8%
2014 (est.) 1,268 −1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,290 people, 493 households, and 338 families living in the town. The population density was 31.3 inhabitants per square mile (12.1/km2). There were 583 housing units at an average density of 14.2 per square mile (5.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.4% White, 0.8% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 493 households, of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.4% were non-families. 22.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.01.

The median age in the town was 40.4 years. 24% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.2% were from 25 to 44; 31.5% were from 45 to 64; and 11.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 51.5% male and 48.5% female.

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