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Brooklin, Maine
Center Harbor in 1909
Center Harbor in 1909
Brooklin, Maine is located in Maine
Brooklin, Maine
Brooklin, Maine
Location in Maine
Brooklin, Maine is located in the United States
Brooklin, Maine
Brooklin, Maine
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Maine
County Hancock
Incorporated 1849
Villages Brooklin
North Brooklin
West Brooklin
 • Total 41.18 sq mi (106.66 km2)
 • Land 17.92 sq mi (46.41 km2)
 • Water 23.26 sq mi (60.24 km2)
33 ft (10 m)
 • Total 827
 • Density 46/sq mi (17.8/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-07800
GNIS feature ID 0582370

Brooklin is a town in Hancock County, Maine, United States. The population was 827 at the 2020 census. It is home to WoodenBoat Magazine, Atlantic Boat Company, Brooklin Boat Yard, and numerous boatbuilders, artists, writers, musicians, and potters.


Brooklin was originally part of a larger town, then Sedgwick broke off and formed its own town. A few weeks later, the name was changed to Brooklin, after the brook line which separated it from Sedgwick. Using porgy oil as a fertilizer, the difficult soil was made productive, and hay became the principal crop. With excellent harbors, however, the main occupations were fishing and seafaring. By 1859, when the population was 1,002, it also had five boot and shoemaking factories, as well as two barrel manufacturers. By 1886, the town was noted for producing smoked herring in considerable quantities. Canning lobster had also become an important business.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 41.18 square miles (106.66 km2), of which 17.92 square miles (46.41 km2) is land and 23.26 square miles (60.24 km2) is water. Brooklin is situated on the Benjamin River overlooking Jericho Bay.

The town is crossed by Maine State Route 175.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,002
1860 1,043 4.1%
1870 966 −7.4%
1880 977 1.1%
1890 1,046 7.1%
1900 936 −10.5%
1910 936 0.0%
1920 856 −8.5%
1930 782 −8.6%
1940 656 −16.1%
1950 546 −16.8%
1960 525 −3.8%
1970 598 13.9%
1980 619 3.5%
1990 785 26.8%
2000 841 7.1%
2010 824 −2.0%
2020 827 0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 824 people, 397 households, and 238 families living in the town. The population density was 46.0 inhabitants per square mile (17.8/km2). There were 874 housing units at an average density of 48.8 per square mile (18.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.9% White, 1.0% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.5% of the population.

There were 397 households, of which 19.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.1% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.63.

The median age in the town was 52.9 years. 17.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.4% were from 25 to 44; 35.4% were from 45 to 64; and 26.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.3% male and 51.7% female.


An 11th-century Norse coin was (allegedly) found in Brooklin at the site of an excavation of a Native American trading center. If true this would be the only physical evidence of Nordic settlers having entered the area of what is now the United States. If not an outright hoax, it is also possible that the coin was brought to the site not directly by Vikings, but rather through trading.

National Historic Sites

Notable people

Rockbound Chapel
Rockbound Chapel, completed in 1902

See also

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